"Take your VFW Post back, one bar stool at a time."
- Brian Duffy
I am very proud of the above quote. All JVC take very serious notice that this is what I fully support.
The CINC has now endorsed a similar call to arms. I personally would rather lose membership, than continue with the status quo VFW environment that supports or endures a negative image. If you believe in the VFW's true mission - then put Canteen Commandos on notice, we are coming to take our posts back.
- Brian Duffy
VFW NATIONAL COMMANDER PUTS POSTS ON NOTICE
Below is a message from VFW National Commander John W. Stroud:
I am extremely disturbed by the recurring reports from the field as well as the media’s portrayal of the VFW as an organization that is comprised of old and out of touch veterans who would rather drink in a dimly lit canteen than open their doors to our younger veterans. The VFW’s mission is far too important; our objectives and causes for which we work far too critical; and the current situation of the veteran population far too dire to let the negativity of a few divide us and dilute our efforts. We must empower the younger veterans to be forces of change within our organization while lending them the institutional knowledge to be effective leaders for future generations of veterans.
The fact remains that the stereotypical, dingy, dark and smoke filled VFW Post and canteen do exist, but they have no benefit to our organization, provide no aid to our mission nor to the veterans we strive to help and serve. These Posts are in the minority of our organization, but in order to shift the paradigm we must challenge every member to hold their Post accountable. It’s time for our membership to be emboldened into action and to push their Posts to strive for the high ideals that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was founded upon.
Accordingly, I am charging my current Department VFW Commanders to be advocates of change and to challenge the officers of the subordinate units within their command to be more than officers — challenge them to be leaders cognizant of the current challenges today’s veterans face. To do this, our VFW Posts must change their operational tactics to better reflect the modern crises younger veterans are facing on their new "battlefield” – the homefront.
For those members and Posts who would rather serve themselves than the countless veterans who are in need, remind them that this organization exists for the benefit of all veterans rather than those of an entitled few. I want to make it clear that I will willingly provide my complete support to any of my Department Commanders who move to shut down any Post, or remove from our leadership rolls, anyone that is not committed to the goals of the organization. They simply don’t belong here. The need is too great for a dynamic and modern VFW that can continue to advocate and respond unhesitatingly to the needs of all veterans in the 21st century and beyond. To do less, would be an unconscionable betrayal of our responsibilities as Americans and as veterans.
John W. Stroud
VFW National Commander
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask you can do for your country.
That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - President Abraham Lincoln
WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Student Veterans of America (SVA) are now accepting application...
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
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CHANGES TO POST NEWSLETTER
Due to the extremely high cost of postage we can no longer to mail the Post Newsletters to each member. Therefore, effective July 2020 the Post will place the current newsletter on our new Webpage, VFW9650.org for review. A limited number of Newsletters will be made available at the Post for those members who do not have access to a computer.
The VFW is keeping up the fight FOR VETERANS in 2020.
Thank you for all you do to support America's defenders. We simply could not help them transition to civilian life, continue their education, and file their VA claims with the expert assistance of VFW Service Officers without you.
Thank you, Gregory.
We want you to know what a difference you make for veterans of every generation. Your support of the VFW:
- Helped veterans receive more than $9 billion in earned benefit payments from the VA, which includes $1.6 billion in benefits paid to veterans in fiscal year 2019.
- Helped us administer over $5 million in financial assistance grants for military families in financial straits (since 2004).
- Awarded over $7.2 million through the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" to help more than 1,606 veterans and service members continue their education (since January 2014).
You can see even more ways your contributions help veterans on our VFW Fact Sheet.
Your unwavering respect for the men and women who defend our freedom is very much appreciated. We’re honored to work side-by-side with you to protect veterans’ rights throughout 2020 and beyond.
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.