For more than 110 years, the VFW has fought to perpetuate the values that have made this nation great. You too can become involved in this important effort in your own community.
Fostering patriotism and honoring America's veterans, whether it is Independence Day or Veterans Day, is part of the VFW's philosophical core. Public commemorations hosted by VFW Posts worldwide cultivate an appreciation of both the responsibilities and benefits of being an American.
Constructive community service is a founding VFW tenet with volunteerism benefiting education, the environment, health sciences and civic projects.
The VFW has a rich tradition associated with community service, working closely with other national organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, America Supports You and America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth. The VFW also partners with the National Rifle Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Association of Firefighters and the Salvation Army.
Another VFW partner is the USO, which gives VFW members additional opportunities to volunteer in their communities and give back to our troops and their families.
Each year VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members donate:
- More than 11 million volunteer hours to community service projects and local VA medical facilities.
- Nearly, $52 million to various community endeavors.
Interested in teaming up with the VFW to give back to your community? Please contact your local VFW Post.
Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, "In Flanders Field," describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen.
For more than 75 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' welfare and the well being of their dependents.