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.

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Overseas Veteran OCT-NOV-DEC-2019 Newsletter

DOC is SR Vice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 25, 2018) — William J. "Doc” Schmitz, of Corning, N.Y., was elected Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on July 25, 2018, at the 118th VFW National Convention in Kansas City, MO.

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Lawrence, Gallucci, Eshenbaugh Named to HillVets 100 Class of 2019

WASHINGTON - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Washington Office Executive Director B.J. Lawrence, National Veterans Service Director...

VFW Awards 154 Student Veterans with Scholarships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud to announce


Buddy Poppies (Memorial Day week)

From its inception, the Buddy Poppy Program has helped the VFW live up to its motto, "to honor the dead by helping the living." The Buddy Poppy - small red flower symbolic of the blood shed in World War I by millions of Allied soldiers in defence of freedom - was originally sold to provide relief for the people of war devastated France . Later, its sale directly benefited thousands of disabled and down-and-out American veterans.  
For those of you who do not know, our post members take shifts at Tops in East Aurora (or other places in town) and stand/sit out front at the entrances asking people if they would like a Buddy Poppy in lieu of making a donation.  I have found over the few years of doing this that people in the community are very generous with donations.  
We raise several thousand dollars for our VFW Post over these few days.   Typically we start asking for "donations" on Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend and finish up on Sunday.  Please help us and donate a hour or ten (or whatever you can).  Post members seem to do shifts of about two hours.  At next month's meeting, Bill Wright will have a sign-up sheet for times and dates of your availability. 

Amy Gould Running Club 

Amy Gould of the EA Legion has started up a "running club" based out of our post.  The first run was a success. This will go for eight weeks in April and May leading up to the Buffalo Marathon.  This will take place every Tuesday @ 630pm beginning April 3rd.  
The group is to meet at the southeast end of the parking lot by the flag poles.  After talking with Amy, this event is to be a fun environment.  This is not a competition.  Her motivation is to get people out and moving.  She will plan a 2 & 4 mile route starting and ending at the post.  This is for walkers and runners, post members, family and friends.  No cost.  Just fun.  
She can be reached at ealegion362.info@gmail.com for more information.  



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.