ABOUT THE VFW
The VFW traces its 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 with what would originally become known as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, and eventually the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.
Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW 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.
The VFW also has fought for improving 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, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.
Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.
From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there!
Membership BenefitsFor all you have done for our great country, you deserve the best. VFW strives to offer quality products with competitive pricing. Your VFW membership entitles you to a range of benefits and special offers such as insurance, hotel discounts, Internet service and much more.Whether you are single, starting a family or an empty-nester, we have something for everyone. Here are just some of your VFW membership benefits:
• Free Honor Roll Listing
• Personal assistance securing government benefits and entitlements for veterans
• Discounts on prescriptions, hotel and car rentals
• Eligible for membership in the Pentagon Federal Credit Union
• VFW Real Estate and Mortgage Services
• Dell Discount Computers
• Subscription to VFW Magazine
• Multiple group-rate insurance programs
• $1,000/$1,500 Personal Accident Insurance
• Vehicle Insurance Plan
• Long-Term Care
• Cancer Insurance
• Medicare Advantage, Supplement and Prescription Drug Plans
• Senior Term Life
• Pet Insurance
• Condo and Cruise Program