Troop Support

The VFW is here supporting our troops day in and day out. Our members offer support to the military community in many different ways, whether that means helping military families get through long deployments or hosting send-off and welcome home events. The VFW knows how important troop support is because all of our members have been there.

Military Assistance Program (MAP)

The VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP) is the outstretched hand between the VFW and the local military, offering VFW support around the world. 

Since 2005, MAP has sponsored events supporting over 1.8 million service members and their families. 

A large part of MAP is the Adopt-a-Unit program. Through Adopt-a-Unit, VFW Posts and their Auxiliaries adopt hundreds of military units around the world. Adopt-a-Unit's goal is to develop supportive relationships with units before, during and after deployments to help deliver the vast network of resources the VFW has available to the military. 

If you are a service member or a Family Readiness Group leader interested in participating in this program, please email map@vfw.org or call 816-756-3390 and ask for the MAP office. 

Does your Post or Ladies Auxiliary want to host a MAP event but doesn't know where to start? The best place to start is with the MAP Grant Application, which can only be completed and submitted by a VFW or Ladies Auxiliary member. MAP applications and resources are available on the Veterans & Military Support page which can be accessed by logging into the website and selecting the “VFW Training and Support”link in the left column of the My VFW page. 

Adopt-a-Unit FAQ
Adopt-a-Unit Application
Adopt-a-Unit Report
How To Find a Unit
Adopt-a-Unit for Military
MAP Grant Guidelines

Operation Uplink

As the largest organization of combat veterans, the VFW knows the importance of keeping military families in touch. That's why in 1996 the VFW launched its Operation Uplink™ program - a calling program for deployed service members that provides free phone time to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized veterans.

Operation Uplink initially provided calling cards to deployed and hospitalized troops, but on Mother's Day in 2006, due to the growing popularity of the program, and thanks to the generosity of corporate donors like Sport Clips Haircuts and Harleysville Insurance, the program began hosting "Free Call Days."

The program is the only one of its kind, providing at least three designated days each month when deployed service members can make FREE phone calls home to the U.S. from their Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) center or military DSN line.

Free Call Days have provided more than 7.5 million free connections for service members and their families.

If you have any questions, or would like request phone time, please contact Linda Ferguson at 816-968-1102 or lferguson@vfw.org with any questions.

Free Call Day Schedule 
Free Call Day FAQ