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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Important Info for Post9483 Members

What to do on Veteran's Day in Webster, NY?

Looking for something to do on Veteran's Day? First, there will be a service for Veterans Day at the Veterans Park in the Village of Webster at 11:00 on Wednesday November 11th. Then, take a look at this list below - you might want to enjoy some of these offers being put out there to thank us...

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Statewide News

News & Info from your department

Overseas Veteran Newsletter

Quarterly VFWNY Newsletter

Commander-in-Chief Challenge

Have you heard what the Commander-in-Chief Doc Schmitz had to say?

National News

Important info from National VFW

Post of the Month Launches to Showcase How Posts Are #StillServing

The VFW is proud to honor all veterans who are #StillServing, and it's especially meaningful to see the ways Posts have provided much needed assist...

VFW Announces Annual Publications Contest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is now accepting submissions for its 2021 National Publications Contest. VFW...

Announcements

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 9th at the Webster-Fairport Elks Lodge #2396.  Dinner at 1800 hours with the business meeting starting PROMPTLY at 1900 hours. As a reminder, we are still in a pandemic environment and we have been given GUIDELINES that we need to follow in order to have our meetings at the Lodge. Hope to see you there.
 
*** UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM ***

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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.