The Veterans of Foreign Wars

Members of Post 4156 during Veterans Day ceremonies at White Lake Cemetery – Photo courtesy of the Detroit Free Press

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has a rich tradition in enhancing the lives of millions through its community service programs and special projects. From providing phone cards to our nation’s active-duty military personnel to raising money for the World War II memorial, the VFW is there, “honoring the dead by helping the living”.

Ever since its founding more than 100 years ago, the VFW has donated millions upon millions of volunteer hours, been a strong supporter of our country’s youth, been a major supporter of patriotic and educational efforts and been an unwavering advocate to our military, its veterans, and their families. Of all we do, our programs make the greatest impact on the lives of those we serve and honor.

For many years, our programs were supported by VFW membership dues alone. Then they were supplemented by donations from our members and the public.

In 1996, the VFW Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to provide additional revenue so it could help the organization expand its reach in the noble mission of helping others.

The VFW Foundations’s mission is simple: support programs to increase awareness of the sacrifices of America’s veterans; promote citizenship education, volunteerism and positive youth programs; and facilitate medical, rehabilitative, educational and employment services and needs for vererans and their families.