ABOUT US

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.
 
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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.

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Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.

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Post News

Important Info for Post9483 Members

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Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 363

Members of BSA Troop 363 helped our Post remove flags from Webster Rural Cemetery over the weekend.

Statewide News

News & Info from your department

2023 Department Spring Conference

The 2023 Department Spring Conference will take place March 31- April 2, 2023 at the Albany Marriott at 189 Wolf Road. The dinner on Saturday night will honor our Service Officers and the Department's Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen winners.

Ambassador for Peace Medal - Republic of Korea

If you are a Korean War Veteran you may be eligible for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. The Ambassador for Peace Medal began as a presentation to veterans who returned to South Korea through the revisit program. This honor has been expanded to veterans who cannot travel to Korea.

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW National Commander Visits Troops in Poland

WASHINGTON - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Commander Tim Borland traveled to Camp Kosciuszko, Poznan, Poland, to visit w...

VFW Commemorates National Black History Month

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is proud to celebrate our nation's African American service members, veterans and ...

Announcements

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 9th at the Webster Fairport Elks Lodge, 1066 Jackson Road.  Lunch at 1815 hours.  Meeting starts at 1900 hours.  This will be formal meeting.  Wear your caps if you have one.

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OUR MISSION

That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.