Our Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Our Vision: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of
eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard
and reserve forces.
We trace our roots back to 1899 when
veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine
Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights
and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick. There
was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left
to care for themselves.
In their misery, some of these veterans
banded together and formed organizations that would eventually band
together and become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United
States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania,
the movement quickly gained momentum. Today, membership stands at more
than 1.5 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
Our voice was instrumental in establishing
the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery
system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent
Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, we
won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st
Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active duty
service members, and members of the guard and reserves, fighting in Iraq
and Afghanistan. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access
and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved VA
medical centers services for women veterans.
Besides helping fund the creation of the
Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service
memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to
contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial,
which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first
supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which is planned for
construction at our nation's capital.
We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide.
No One Does More For Veterans.