Community Service

The VFW knows how important community service is to America, with volunteerism benefiting education, the environment, health sciences and civic projects.

That's why the VFW works closely with other national organizations, such as Boy Scouts of America, Citizen Corps, March of Dimes, and America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth, among others. USO provides VFW members with additional opportunities to volunteer in their communities and give back to our troops and their families.

Each year members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries donate more than 11 million volunteer hours and $50 million to community service projects.

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Buddy Poppy

The red poppy is a symbol of war and remembrance, dating back to Canada's Col. John McCrae's poem, "In Flanders Field," which describes blowing red fields of poppies among the graves of the fallen.

For more than 75 years, the VFW's "Buddy"® Poppy program had raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' wellbeing.

Learn more about the program here.

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Patriotic Days

VFW Posts worldwide host public commemorations and other events on many patriotic days, honoring America's veterans and rich history.

Join the VFW in our efforts! Find a local Post to get involved with an upcoming event.

Learn more about America's patriotic days.

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VFW Post Community Service Grants

For more than 11 decades, the VFW has proudly dedicated itself to supporting communities across the globe.

Designed to help VFW Posts and their Auxiliaries provide the vital support local communities, America's heroes and their families all deserve, the VFW Foundation is offering funding assistance through two free grant programs.

Learn more about VFW Foundation grants here.

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