We Are the Pillar of Support

Promoting civic responsibility, patriotism, and supporting youth and local programs in communities across America are just a few of the many ways we give back to those who've afforded us our freedom.  


The true character of America is measured by her communities and the people who work to improve them. Whether at a national level or in their own backyards, our members dedicate millions of hours each year working to spread patriotism and honor our nation's heroes. Here's how you can get involved.

Youth and Education

For decades, we've understood that the youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. That's why the we remain dedicated to establishing programs designed for young people and educators - offering everything from college scholarships to classroom resources for teachers.



TOTY Elementary Winner
Emily Cowan Ezell, a third-grade teacher at Cowan Elementary School in Cowan, Tenn., has been selected for its 2018 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award at the elementary level. Ezell was selected for fostering students’ patriotism through an annual production of her self-written and designed patriotic play, This Is Our Country, planning annual field trips to military museums, inviting local veterans to visit her classroom, and for showcasing veterans’ pictures and stories to help ensure patriotism lives year round in her school. She was sponsored by VFW Post 10904 in Manchester, Tenn.
TOTY High School Winner
Michael Rauenhorst, an Air Force veteran and aerospace science teacher at North Pole High School in North Pole, Alaska, has been selected for its 2018 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award at the high school level. He was selected for encouraging community volunteerism, his leadership of the school’s Air Force JROTC, and his Curriculum in Action tours which reinforces not only science in the classroom, but encourages citizenship and strengthens students’ perspective of aviation and America’s military past, present and future. Rauenhorst is a Life member of North Pole, Alaska, VFW Post 10029. Rauenhorst was sponsored by VFW Post 10029 and its Auxiliary in North Pole, Alaska.
TOTY Middle School Winner

Sara Gibson, a seventh-grade history teacher at Caroline Middle School in Milford, Va., has been selected for its 2018 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award at the middle school level. Gibson was selected from entries submitted by VFW Posts across the U.S. and overseas. From spearheading her History Club’s creation of a Korean War Memorial in Caroline County, and portraying important historical figures from every era, to leading field trips to local war and military museums, Gibson’s unique ability to bring history to life while helping her students understand the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans made her a standout among this year’s submissions. She was sponsored by VFW Post 8529 in Sandston, Va. 

Troop Support

As the nation's largest organization of combat veterans, we're dedicated to providing our troops and their families with the support they need during all phases of deployment. Our members understand first-hand the burdens of deployment, and that's why we have troop support programs ready to assist.

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Community Service

Since 1899, we've fought to preserve the values that make America great because we know how important community service is to America. With volunteerism benefiting education, the environment, health sciences and civic projects, join us in this mission by getting involved in your community and honoring America's veterans.

Flag Etiquette

We take service to our country seriously and believe in showing the highest respect for our nation's most sacred symbol. From flag etiquette and history, to a large stock of "Old Glory" itself available at the VFW Store, we’re your one-stop shop for all things flag-related. Look no further for all things red, white and blue!

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Student Veterans of America

Student Veterans of America

We are committed to ensuring veterans prosper in their post-military endeavors, to be there for veterans while they pursue their education and work to meet their career goals.