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VFW Day 2020
On the evening of September 29, 1899, 13 men — all Spanish-American War veterans — gathered at a small tailor shop in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, to discuss the issues plaguing returning veterans. Veterans were returning home wounded or sick, and there was no medical care or veterans' pension for them … they were left to care for themselves. The men shared personal accounts of the war, but more importantly discussed what they could do for their brothers-in-arms and for the dependents of their fallen comrades.
It was that same year two organizations were formed; in Columbus, Ohio, James Romanis and a few others, organized the American Veterans of Foreign Service, and in Denver, Colorado, those veterans of the Spanish-American war who had fought in the Philippines organized the Colorado Society of the Army of the Philippines, later renamed the National Society of the Army of the Philippines.
Through the American Veterans of Foreign Service and the National Society of the Army of the Philippines, America's veterans finally had a voice. Then, it was in 1913 when these organizations realized that by joining together, they could better serve their members. By banding together, they could create a veteran’s organization that would give America’s veterans and their families one voice … a voice that would advocate and defend their benefits and rights. What they created, would be an organization that would outlast themselves, and survive as long as Americans put on uniforms to defend our country.
For a brief period, the new organization was known as the Army of the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico. A year later Rice W. Means, the Commander-in-Chief of the organization suggested a new name — the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Their resolve to promote and defend the general welfare of all those who have borne the brunt of battle ultimately laid the groundwork for the multifaceted, powerhouse organization the VFW has become today. The name was officially adopted on August 1, 1914 — the day World War One began.
Chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Easily recognized as the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization, the VFW has evolved into a powerhouse for veterans. Today there are more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members in all 50 states, and many foreign countries.
Veterans of every era have joined in its cause, ensuring veterans both young and old are respected for their service, receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of our great nation.
The VFW’s efforts have played an instrumental role in virtually every major legislative victory for veterans in the 20th and 21st centuries. Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration. It helped create the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bills. It was a key player in the development of the national cemetery system and led the fight for compensation for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. Most recently, the VFW has been a powerful force in expanding college
education benefits for military service members with the signing of the Forever GI Bill, and ensuring America's service members and veterans receive the care they deserve - whenever and wherever they need it - by through legislation like the VA MISSION Act and the 2014 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.
Over the past year, the VFW remained tenacious and kept the pressure on Capitol Hill until the President signed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.
From fighting for the Forever GI Bill and testifying on behalf of Blue Water Navy veterans, to playing a vital role in the support and passage of the VA MISSION Act, as we enter our 121styear of service, we continue to make VA reform a top priority.
Since its origin more than a century ago, the VFW and its Auxiliary have proven No One Does More For Veterans. From legislative activism, to our benefits and VA claim assistance, the VFW continues its commitment to our nation’s veterans, service members and their families.
While the VFW’s legislative influence is vast and well known, the effect the VFW has had on the lives of America’s heroes, and those of their families extends far beyond its advocacy efforts. Its programs and services continue to provide America’s heroes and their families with the vital support they need.
From providing more than $11.3 million to nearly 10,050 veteran and military families to aid with basic life needs in times of crisis and more than $6.5 million in college scholarships for student veterans, to its members volunteering 9.4 million hours of time annually to their local communities, the VFW and its Auxiliary continue to act as pillars of support in communities across America and abroad.
Through the years the VFW has made a huge difference in the lives of so many, and on September 29 … 121 years after its foundation … the VFW remains a dedicated and staunch advocate for America’s veterans, service members and their families … still operating with the same mission it was founded upon — existing to care for those who selflessly fought and sacrificed to protect the American way of life — a mission that won’t change any time soon.
With Respect To You All,
Commander Post 4412