September 29 is VFW Day

What is the VFW?

VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. This organization recognizes Veterans that were in foreign wars, expeditions, or campaigns. 

The VFW was created in 1913, merging three war Veteran organizations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Colorado into one. But, the VFW recognizes September 29, 1899, as the founding date. On this date, a group of Spanish-American War Veterans came together to share their experiences and support one another.

How to get involved

The VFW now has 1.5 million members and 6,000 posts across 50 states of the United States. The requirements to become a member are to be a US citizen or national, former or current member of the armed forces, and must have served in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil, airspace, or hostile waters.

How the VFW helps Veterans

VA Claims & Separation Benefits: The VFW has Accredited Service Officers that are experts in navigating the VA system. These trained professionals assist Veterans in filing for their VA claims and help Veterans get the benefits they deserve. 

Financial Grants: The VFW created the Unmet Needs Program to help America’s military families that have run into unexpected financial difficulties due to deployment or other military-related activity or injury. The program provides financial aid grants up to $1,500 to assist with basic life needs. 

Student Veteran Support: The VFW teamed up with Student Veterans of America and Sport Clips Haircuts to provide education assistance for Veterans to further their education, called the VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship. The second opportunity is the VFW’s Student Veteran Support Grant offers much-needed support to specific student Veteran events. 

Mental Wellness: The VFW is committed to helping change the narrative and stigma surrounding mental health in America. To raise awareness about these invisible injuries and emotional stress, the VFW has teamed up with many national organizations to do its part. 

Have you been meaning to file your claim but do not know where to start? Find out more. 

Did you submit a claim, and are you waiting to hear back? Check the status of your claim.

Are you worried about your living situation while you wait for your claim to be processed? This page may help.

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