The VFW is an organization that was founded on September 29, 1899, by a small group of war veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine–American War. Their purpose was simple: to advocate for the needs of their members and to honor the men and women who have served the U.S.
The History of The VFW
In 1899, veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War (originally known as the Philippine Insurrection) formed small local chapters to assist them in lobbying for medical care and other benefits. Over time, many of these organizations banded together, and by 1914, there were enough members to form the VFW.
In 1936, the VFW would officially receive a Congressional charter. This organization has always limited its membership to enlisted men and women and officers who have been honorably discharged from the military and had served in either a U.S. expedition, foreign war, or insurrection performed in the service of the U.S.
The original purpose of this organization, besides giving its members lobbying power, was to promote comradeship among its members and to perpetuate the memory of the dead. It has also traditionally served to assist the widows and orphans of killed veterans.
Facts About The VFW
If you’re looking for a little bit more information on the VFW, then you’ve come to the right section of this holiday. While we were researching this holiday, we came across some interesting facts about them. Facts that we intend on sharing right here and right now.
- The VFW has helped veterans recoup approximately $9.7 billion in earned benefits in 2020.
- Of the earned benefits the VFW helped veterans recoup in 2020, $1.4 billion was in new claims.
- The VFW has over 2,000+ VA-accredited VFW representatives all over the U.S. and abroad. These representatives help veterans fight for the VA benefits they’ve earned.
- The VFW distributes approximately $3.5 million in monetary awards and scholarships to middle and high school students through its major patriotic essay competitions.
- In 2018, the VFW redesigned its official logo.
- Approximately 1.6 million veterans are members of the VFW.
Observing National VFW Day
This holiday can be observed by showing your support to veterans in your area and by supporting your local VFW chapter. You can also spread the word about this holiday by using the hashtag #NationalVFWDay on your social media accounts.