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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Title
VFW Honors Cold War Veterans
Date Event
Nov 30, 2009

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By Thomas J. Tradewell Sr.

Columnist Robert F. Dorr has once again missed the mark regarding the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. ["Some vets still more equal than others," Nov. 16]. His insinuation that we regard Cold War veterans as "second-class citizens" is disingenuous, and the facts reveal a different story altogether.

The VFW is a membership organization that is open to all who currently serve or have served, provided they meet eligibility requirements as established by Congress through public laws. Founded in 1899, the VFW is America's oldest major veterans' organization, and with more than 1.5 million members, we are also her largest organization of combat veterans, an all encompassing category that includes those who went to war as well as those who deployed in support of contingency operations.

All who have deployed into the unknown are forever bound by a common experience — regardless of service, conflict or MOS — and so, too, are our families. It is a "One Team, One Mission" concept that only we who have been there can understand. It is unfortunate that Mr. Dorr continuously refuses to understand this concept and its critical distinction.

He used the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to say we "betrayed" Cold War veterans because our membership requirements are more exclusive than inclusive, and he cites Korea in trying to validate his point. Had he checked VFW eligibility requirements, he would have discovered that those who served in Korea from the end of World War II forward are eligible. So, too, are those who flew clandestine reconnaissance flights over the former Soviet Union or its satellite states, provided hostile fire or imminent danger pay or an expeditionary medal was awarded.

Mr. Dorr seems to intentionally ignore VFW eligibility requirements, which have always been based on earning a campaign medal. Currently, six campaign medals encompass some 30 military actions, operations and duty stations that constitute the Cold War, to include the Berlin Occupation Medal. The award of any one of which conveys VFW eligibility.

Sitting in a missile launch facility or on strip alert in the old days of Strategic Air Command are not qualifiers, but just because someone is not eligible for VFW membership does not lessen our respect for their service. Our nation's defenders serve with honor and dignity where assigned, and the VFW fully values the contributions of every member of the "Team."

On Capitol Hill, some organizations represent officers, others NCOs, or those who are disabled or have lost loved ones. The VFW's membership eligibility is strict because we represent those who have gone into harm's way, as our initial congressional charter was intended.

Cold War veterans are included in every legislative initiative we conduct in Washington. They were among the 95,000 veterans we helped to recoup $1.2 billion in earned compensation and pension from the government last year, regardless of whether they were VFW members. They are among the 88,000 missing American servicemen we are seeking answers on from the governments of Russia, China and Vietnam, and at our most recent annual convention, VFW delegates passed a national resolution that supports the creation of a Cold War Service Medal.

One constant is that all wars end. When that time comes, the focus of the American people and our Congress will begin to fade on those who serve, our wounded and survivors. It is a top VFW priority to ensure a grateful nation does not forget her warriors of past or present, and their families.

Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., a combat wounded Vietnam veteran from Sussex, Wis., is the commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.

 
 


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