The VFW was formed in 1899 as a merger of two previous veteran groups, the American Veterans of Foreign Service and the National Society of the Army of the Philippines. In 1936, the organization converted to a non-profit charity, receiving no funding from the federal government and running entirely on donations.
One of the primary achievements of the VFW was being a main driving force behind the creation of the Veterans Administration, now the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Before the founding of the VA, medical care for veterans was sporadic and often insufficient. While problems remain with the program even today, the VA has attempted to set a national standard for the care of veterans throughout the rest of their lives to respect them for their service to the country.
While community service is its public face, the primary reason that the VFW was formed was to lobby on behalf of veterans. The VA is one such achievement, but others include investigations into the effects of Agent Orange and supporting GI bills and other military benefit bills enacted over the years. The VFW spends a large amount of time and money every year trying to improve the quality of living for all veterans in the United States.
Post & Auxiliary meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm