New VFW Auxiliary Now Welcomes Men
Historic change reflects today’s military and veteran families
August 21, 2015
CITY, Mo. — Today, John A. Biedrzycki Jr., national commander
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) added his official
signature to the new congressional charter of its Auxiliary organization in a
historical event solidifying the VFW’s commitment to membership equality for
all military families.
Watch the charter presentation ceremony.
former Ladies Auxiliary VFW, founded in 1914, is the VFW’s highly regarded
support organization and is considered its “Partner in Service.”
its former name Ladies Auxiliary VFW, membership within the organization was
offered exclusively to female spouses and family members of any member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars. The gender-specific eligibility requirement remained
for more than 100 years until July 20, 2015, when delegates to the VFW’s 116th
National Convention in Pittsburgh voted to
amend the dated by-law to extend the same membership opportunity to eligible
the Ladies Auxiliary VFW has changed its official name to the VFW
an exciting time to be a member of the Auxiliary,” said National President
Francisca Guilford. “Women comprise nearly twenty percent of our nation’s
military, and this change allows all spouses, fathers, grandfathers, sons,
grandsons and brothers to serve others in honor of their veteran.”
Auxiliary has more than 465,000 members, a
number that is now expected to sharply increase over the next year. Its members
represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, several foreign
locations including Germany, Guam and Panama, and have made an impact in local
communities around the globe.
Last year alone,
its members worked to provide $4.6 million dollars in monetary aid to veterans,
active duty military and their families, and volunteered nearly 800,000 hours
in VA Medical Centers, hospitals, nursing and veterans’ homes. Auxiliary
members also contributed greatly to cancer research, youth activities, civic
patriotism and much more.
more information about the VFW Auxiliary, please visit www.vfwauxiliary.org.
Photo caption: Representatives of the VFW and VFW Auxiliary observe as VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr., seated, signs the new congressional charter of the VFW Auxiliary, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo.
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