It’s National VFW Day! -VFW
WASHINGTON- September 29 is National Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day, celebrating one of the largest and most established veterans organizations in the United States. It is a day celebrated not only by its members in posts across the country and around the world, but also by generations of veterans, service members, their families and communities who have benefited from the continued service of our great organization.
Formed on this date in 1899, a group of 13 veterans of the Spanish American War and the Philippine Uprising came together to form what would become the largest and most dedicated group of veterans in the world. country. Originally called the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the new organization differed from previous veterans’ fraternal societies in that it opened membership not only to all ranks of all branches of service, but also to veterans of all foreign wars. In doing so, the fledgling organization ensured its relevance for every generation of veterans from now and into the future.
Since its inception, the VFW has been unwavering in its devotion to “honoring the dead by helping the living” and has been on the front line of defense for veterans in Washington, DC, for more than a century. From leading the charge in demanding compensation for veterans of World War I, to Veterans Administration establishments, the National Cemetery System, the GI Bill of Rights, and most recently, Adoption of SFC Heath Robinson honoring our PACT Act of 2022, the VFW has proven to be one of the most powerful and influential voices on Capitol Hill.
The selfless service of the VFW goes far beyond legislation advancing veterans benefits. Through its network of service agents and claims representatives, the VFW has helped veterans recoup $10 billion a year in disability awards and VA retirement benefits, ensuring that veterans and their families receive the care they have earned and deserve. The VFW has also provided financial assistance to military families worth over $12.6 million since 2004; awarded $10.65 million in scholarships to more than 2,370 veterans and service members since 2014; and has donated $52.2 million annually to local community service projects through the hard work, charity and commitment of over 1.5 million VFW members and auxiliaries. Our years of military service may be behind us, but we are still serving our fellow veterans, our communities and our country.
Show your support by paying tribute to all members and veterans of your community. On this VFW Day, everyone is invited to celebrate the tradition of continuous service and unwavering dedication that defines VFW on social media using the hashtags #VFWDay and #StillServing.
Happy Birthday, VFW – “Nobody does more for veterans!”