The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) honors veterans through veterans service, community service, and fund-raising events.
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899, when many veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service, eventually becoming known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the Unites States. The movement quickly gained momentum, and membership grew to almost 200,000 by 1936.
Since its formation, the VFW's voice has been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI Bill for the 20th century, developing the national cemetery system, and fighting for compensation for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, the VFW was victorious with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st century which gives expanded educational benefits to America's active duty service members, as well as members of the Guard and Reserves.
Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteer service in the community and provide $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students.
VFW in RANCHO CORDOVA
VFW Post 10125 is an award-winning post which is active in the Rancho Cordova community. VFW members actively volunteer at the VA Medical Center for Northern California located at the former Mather Air Force Base, participate in the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July and provide service at many other public events. They dutifully collect and respectfully retire worn American flags and are considered to be an integral part of the Rancho Cordova community.
Post 10125 was formed in March 1988 with 35 members. Today, the post has 450+ paid members.
The Post meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Moose Lodge, located at the junction of Coloma Road and Folsom Boulevard. The Post has 10 elected officer positions and 29 appointed officer/chairman positions. Many of the positions change each year, which provides for an experienced cadre of officers within the Post.
The Post has held All State and All American honors. We hope to continue in that tradition in the coming year. The Post's mission can be summed up in three words: Veterans Helping Veterans.
The VFW welcomes all who meet their eligibility criteria. If you have received a campaign medal for overseas service, have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea, or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay, then you are eligible.
As a member, you will receive VFW magazine, e-mail updates, and can sign up for the members-only area of their website. Whether you choose to actively participate or not, you will feel pride in being a part of the country's largest organization made up solely of members like you.
Active duty personnel and veterans who are interested in joining should call the Post's Membership Chair, Ted Thames at (916) 635-7346 for additional information regarding eligibility and questions of general nature about the VFW.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT
The VFW Foundation was established as a nonprofit organization to provide additional revenue to help the organization expand its reach in the noble mission of helping others. The VFW Foundation is committed to improving the lives of veterans and service personnel, their families, and the communities in which they live and work.
To make a contribution, you can send checks or Money Orders to:
406 West 34th Street, Suite 514
Kansas City, MO 64111
For more information about how to donate your time or money to the VFW Foundation, please visit our website.