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 free phone cards to our nation’s active-duty military personnel to raising money for the World War II memorial, the VFW is there, "honouring 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 honour. 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 Foundation‘‘s mission is simple: support programs to increase awareness of the sacrifices of America’s veterans; promote citizenship education, volunteer-ism and positive youth programs; and facilitate medical, rehabilitative, educational and employment services and needs for veterans and their families.

 
VFW Constitution

The object of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational, and are:
To preserve and strengthen and comradeship among its members: