Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Military National

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Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Association Type
Military National

Website
http://www.vfw.org/

Contact Phone Number
(816) 756-3390

Contact Email
info@vfw.org
Year Established
1899

Short Name
vfw
HQ Address
National Headquarters
406 West 34th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111


 

<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px">Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for veterans, currently deployed members of our Armed Forces, and their families. The 2.4 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW Posts around the world. We are at heart an organization dedicated to providing a place for all of those who have sacrificed in our nation?s conflicts abroad. While we are a national organization, we express this dedication through our local posts and programs to support veterans, service members, and their families.<br />
<br />
<strong>Our Mission</strong><br />
The VFW?s mission is to support those who sacrifice so much for this country?veterans, those currently serving in our US Armed Forces, and their families.<br />
<br />
<strong>Current Leadership</strong><br />
The VFW is headed by a National Commander-in-Chief elected to serve a one-year term.</span></span></p>
National Commander-in-Chief: Thomas Tradewell<br />
Senior Vice Commander: Richard Eubank<br />
Junior Vice Commander: Richard DeNoyer<br />
VFW Adjutant General: Allen 'Gunner' Kent<br />
VFW Quartermaster General: Larry Maher<br />
VFW Washington, D.C., Office Executive Director: Bob Wallace
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px"><strong>Veteran Advocacy: Full-Time Support for Veterans</strong><br />
National Veteran Service: The VFW provides full-time support to veterans and their families. Our Veteran Service Officers are professional, full-time advocates who are expert at helping veterans (members and non-members alike) with their Veterans Administration claims. They can be found at every VA medical center and can also be reached at 1-800-VFW-1899. Our Veteran Service Officers help veterans claim over a billion dollars annually in VA benefits. Every veteran (including those in the process of leaving the military) should speak to a Veteran Service Officer to ensure he or she is receiving the benefits they deserve.<br />
<br />
National Legislative Services: The VFW works for veterans on Capitol Hill. The VFW Washington, D.C., office has a full-time staff to monitor, lobby, and report on legislation that directly impacts our veteran community.<br />
<br />
<strong>Support to Troops and Families: Answering the Call to Assist Our Nation?s Defenders</strong><br />
National Military Services: The VFW offers support and assistance to the military community through a variety of programs.<br />
<br />
The VFW launched Operation Uplink in 1996 to connect active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans with their loved ones. Contributions from supporters purchase phone cards that are sent to those serving this great nation. In total, VFW Operation Uplink has distributed more than 8.5 million phone cards. In 2006, the VFW also began hosting ?Free Call Days.? On holidays throughout the year, troops can call home?at no charge?from Internet cafes throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Free talk time has already totaled more than 5 million minutes!<br />
<br />
VFW Unmet Needs helps service members and their families who face unexpected financial difficulties, often as a result of unexpected or extended deployments. Military families can apply for grants of up to $2,500 to cope with emergencies and get through tough times.<br />
<br />
VFW Military Assistance Program works to give troops and military families the help they need during long deployments and when they return. The program sponsors numerous morale-boosting sendoffs and homecomings for troops and their families. The events?which often include free entertainment, food and other festivities?are held at military bases across the nation, as well as at local VFW Posts.<br />
<br />
<strong>Programs in Our Communities: Giving Back to Our Towns and Neighborhoods</strong><br />
The VFW promotes programs that help build our communities. Though we maintain a national presence, we are a grass-roots organization. A VFW Post is not a building?it is the people inside. Our programs are geared toward developing tomorrow?s leaders and recognizing those who are building that future today.<br />
<br />
VFW gives out over $3.6 million annually through our Voice of Democracy scholarships to high-school students and Patriots Pen savings bonds to junior high and middle-school students. Candidates for these awards are nominated at the Post level and compete at the state and national levels. Finalists are invited to VFW ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The VFW recently added the VFW Military Family Scholarship for veterans and their families. Applicants apply to VFW National Headquarters for this award.<br />
<br />
Community service takes many forms, from volunteering at local VA hospitals to volunteering in community clean-ups. VFW members volunteer over 13 million hours annually in their communities.<br />
The VFW also offers recognition to leaders in our community. These awards go to teachers, police officers, firefighters, and emergency response personnel who have distinguished themselves through their dedication and service.</span></span></p>
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<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px">Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for veterans, currently deployed members of our Armed Forces, and their families. The 2.4 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW Posts around the world. We are at heart an organization dedicated to providing a place for all of those who have sacrificed in our nation?s conflicts abroad. While we are a national organization, we express this dedication through our local posts and programs to support veterans, service members, and their families.<br />
<br />
<strong>Our Mission</strong><br />
The VFW?s mission is to support those who sacrifice so much for this country?veterans, those currently serving in our US Armed Forces, and their families.<br />
<br />
<strong>Current Leadership</strong><br />
The VFW is headed by a National Commander-in-Chief elected to serve a one-year term.</span></span></p>
<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px"> </span></span>National Commander-in-Chief: Thomas Tradewell<br />
Senior Vice Commander: Richard Eubank<br />
Junior Vice Commander: Richard DeNoyer<br />
VFW Adjutant General: Allen 'Gunner' Kent<br />
VFW Quartermaster General: Larry Maher<br />
VFW Washington, D.C., Office Executive Director: Bob Wallace
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px"><strong>Veteran Advocacy: Full-Time Support for Veterans</strong><br />
National Veteran Service: The VFW provides full-time support to veterans and their families. Our Veteran Service Officers are professional, full-time advocates who are expert at helping veterans (members and non-members alike) with their Veterans Administration claims. They can be found at every VA medical center and can also be reached at 1-800-VFW-1899. Our Veteran Service Officers help veterans claim over a billion dollars annually in VA benefits. Every veteran (including those in the process of leaving the military) should speak to a Veteran Service Officer to ensure he or she is receiving the benefits they deserve.<br />
<br />
National Legislative Services: The VFW works for veterans on Capitol Hill. The VFW Washington, D.C., office has a full-time staff to monitor, lobby, and report on legislation that directly impacts our veteran community.<br />
<br />
<strong>Support to Troops and Families: Answering the Call to Assist Our Nation?s Defenders</strong><br />
National Military Services: The VFW offers support and assistance to the military community through a variety of programs.<br />
<br />
The VFW launched Operation Uplink in 1996 to connect active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans with their loved ones. Contributions from supporters purchase phone cards that are sent to those serving this great nation. In total, VFW Operation Uplink has distributed more than 8.5 million phone cards. In 2006, the VFW also began hosting ?Free Call Days.? On holidays throughout the year, troops can call home?at no charge?from Internet cafes throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Free talk time has already totaled more than 5 million minutes!<br />
<br />
VFW Unmet Needs helps service members and their families who face unexpected financial difficulties, often as a result of unexpected or extended deployments. Military families can apply for grants of up to $2,500 to cope with emergencies and get through tough times.<br />
<br />
VFW Military Assistance Program works to give troops and military families the help they need during long deployments and when they return. The program sponsors numerous morale-boosting sendoffs and homecomings for troops and their families. The events?which often include free entertainment, food and other festivities?are held at military bases across the nation, as well as at local VFW Posts.<br />
<br />
<strong>Programs in Our Communities: Giving Back to Our Towns and Neighborhoods</strong><br />
The VFW promotes programs that help build our communities. Though we maintain a national presence, we are a grass-roots organization. A VFW Post is not a building?it is the people inside. Our programs are geared toward developing tomorrow?s leaders and recognizing those who are building that future today.<br />
<br />
VFW gives out over $3.6 million annually through our Voice of Democracy scholarships to high-school students and Patriots Pen savings bonds to junior high and middle-school students. Candidates for these awards are nominated at the Post level and compete at the state and national levels. Finalists are invited to VFW ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The VFW recently added the VFW Military Family Scholarship for veterans and their families. Applicants apply to VFW National Headquarters for this award.<br />
<br />
Community service takes many forms, from volunteering at local VA hospitals to volunteering in community clean-ups. VFW members volunteer over 13 million hours annually in their communities.<br />
The VFW also offers recognition to leaders in our community. These awards go to teachers, police officers, firefighters, and emergency response personnel who have distinguished themselves through their dedication and service.</span></span></p>
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VFW National Commander Urges Decisive Action in Afghanistan
Date Event
Oct 15, 2009

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., October 16, 2009 - The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is concerned that the intense debate in Washington over the assessments and recommendations by the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan is posing a direct threat to troops as well as to the nation’s defense.

In a statement, Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., a Vietnam veteran from Sussex, Wis., said, “In battle, weaknesses are exploited and attacked, which proved to be the case during the Vietnam War. North Vietnam correctly perceived that the United States government did not possess the political will to complete the mission, and that perception became reality. Their strategy revolved around the fact that U.S. political interests trumped important military decisions, which resulted in a lengthened war and more U.S. casualties.

"In Afghanistan, the extremists are sensing weakness and indecision within the U.S. government, which plays into their hands, as evidenced by the increased attacks in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan. I fear that an emboldened enemy will now intensify their efforts to kill more U.S. soldiers.

"President Obama’s primary responsibility is that of Commander-in-Chief, and he has a obligation to ensure his commander's advice takes precedence over opinion polls and politics. When the president addressed VFW delegates during its 110th National Convention in August, he was very specific when he stated, ‘This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people.’

"When the president directed more troops into Afghanistan in March, he issued a statement that said, ‘This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires. The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, and al Qaeda supports the insurgency and threatens America from its safe haven along the Pakistani border.’

"In other words, President Obama identified Afghanistan as a counterinsurgency operation requiring appropriate planning, which means our commanders are the experts in this regard, not our politicians.”

In addition to the deployments that have occurred, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal also requested 40,000 additional troops he says are necessary to prevent the country from falling into the hands of the Taliban. That request has provoked opposition in Washington from some administration officials as well as congressional members who do not want to further escalate a war that so far has been under resourced and undermanned.

“I urge the president to heed the assessment and advice of his military leaders who have provided a clear path forward for achieving success against al Qaeda and its allies. I ask that he be decisive during this critical juncture. Time is not a luxury when our magnificent men and women in uniform are in harm’s way,” concluded Tradewell.

Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., was elected national commander of the 2.1 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliaries in August 2009. He served as an Army demolition specialist with the Americal Division in South Vietnam from 1967-1968.

 
 


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