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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Young Iraq, Afghanistan veterans become face of VFW
Date Event
Dec 15, 2009

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By Tomas Dinges/The Star-Ledger


December 15, 2009, 8:00AM

NUTLEY -- Nearing 9 o’clock on a recent Thursday night, three veterans drank $1.50 draft beers at a neighborhood bar in Nutley.


Amid real war stories, Kenny Hall called to the bartender.


vfw-afghanistan.jpgAt the Randolph VFW post 7333, the veterans have a welcome home ceremony for an Army soldier, Brian Reynolds, who is on leave from a tour in Afghanistan. "Hey Jack," he asked, "do you have my VFW card yet?"


Hall — who served nine months in southern Iraq with the New Jersey National Guard — may represent the future of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 110-year-old advocacy organization whose membership has been dwindling steadily as World War II veterans die off.


Veterans of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan like Hall, 21, slowly are beginning to fill the ranks of many VFW posts throughout the state.


"It’s not like you are going to run into another veteran at another bar," explained David Gisonno, 28, president of the Montclair State University student veterans organization and an Iraq veteran.


Scott Montanio, 28, who served with the Marines, joined Post 7333 in Randolph four months after returning home in 2004 — the first veteran of the Afghanistan war to join the post. Welcomed by Vietnam veterans old enough to be his father, Montanio is now two years away from leading the organization and has been joined by at least three or four other recent veterans.


He said he is there because it is an incredible networking opportunity. It is also a way to talk with former soldiers who, despite their age, know exactly what he went through and how he feels now.


"Though there is a very large age difference, time seems to stand still when it comes to going off to war," he said.


The generational difference didn’t matter one recent Thursday night when Brian Reynolds, 25, who was on a two-week leave from Afghanistan, was welcomed home at a party at the Randolph VFW.


The party, held in the wood-paneled and slightly musty basement, was attended by Montanio and a dozen other veterans.


Reynolds said he was happy to come home to a place where he could share his battlefield experiences openly. Post members gave him a dark blue VFW hat, which Reynolds said he planned to take back to Afghanistan to persuade other soldiers to join their local chapters.


Veterans of all ages share a common bond: "The military is the military," he said.


The VFW has its roots in a group of soldiers who advocated for medical care and pensions upon their return from fighting in the Spanish-American War of 1899. Now, the organization has officers who help veterans access government entitlements and guide them to medical treatment with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Memorial Day celebrations and ceremonies remain core activities. But the VFW, which at its peak in 1993 had more than 2 million members, also played an active role in the passage of an improved education bill for veterans and lobbied heavily for a recently passed bill to provide rights and government support to the family members and caregivers of wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.


Nationally, the VFW says it is trying to recruit new members. It has brought into its ranks nearly 15 percent of the 1.8 million soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001, said Jerry Newberry, the group’s communications director. He said the VFW signed up 11.4 percent of the 11 million soldiers who served in World War II.


Despite the optimism, there is concern as membership continues to drop, not only because World War II veterans are dying, but also because Iraq and Afghanistan veterans enroll and then don’t always become active.


"We are looking to the Iraq and Afghanistan vets and they’re coming aboard for a short while and then they drop out," said Robert Pinto, the adjutant for the New Jersey VFW.


He said some posts are resistant to change.


"With the World War II veterans, they are set in their ways and they don’t want to give up what they have," Pinto said. "The younger guys say, ‘You don’t want to change? I’ll just go somewhere else.’ "


The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, founded in 2004, offers virtual connections, with a social-networking site accessible to veterans only and a dynamic website encouraging veteran political activism.


Officials say the VFW posts that have seen increases in enrollment are generally led by Vietnam War veterans.


Still, Gisonno, who recently purchased a home in Hoboken with his wife, is confident the VFW will thrive once veterans settle back into their lives at home, get some mental distance from the intensity of their war experiences and decide to seek out others who understand.


He reflected as Jack Kane, 61, who served in Korea from 1968 to 1969 and serves as a VFW recruiter, tended a bar where an Iraqi flag taken as a souvenir hung on a wall.


"Give the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans another 10 years," Gisonno said, "and this place will be packed."


 
 


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