The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many 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 with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. 

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.


 Today 8/26/22 we remember the 13 soldiers that lost their lives leaving Afghanistan. May they RIP.
E-Mail Bob Farrell for this years Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy Applications: rfarr47938@aol.com New are out 5/1/2022
Last years winners are: Patriots Pen First place is Ariella Rudolph of Imagine So. Lake Charter, Clermont. First place Voice of Democracy is Moriah Langford of East Ridge High, Clermont. Moriah also place 3rd in District 18  program. Second place is Emily Lininger of Quiet Rock Academy, Fruitland Park, this is Emily's third time winning or placing. We congratulate all Scholars for entering.

If anyone is willing to help us on our Poppy Drives please contact Bob Farrell at 352-250-2052 any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
VFW AUX Meeting: Every 2nd Wednesday @7:00 PM
VFW Post Meeting: Every 3rd Thursday @ 7:00 PM 
Come join us for Bingo  every Friday at 6:30 to 9:30pm. Doors open at 5:00pm . Snack food and drinks are available. Bingo package cost $20.00 this package covers 12 games and both Jackpots. Extra cards are available for all games. 
 The Ruger Raffle winner was Walter Hamilton of Clermont Florida.
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