The purposes of the VFW are fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable and educational and are:
(From the VFW Podium Edition, 2019)
Additionally, some very profound thoughts on the VFW.
Veterans of Foreign Wars: in definition, Those gallant young men and women who have risked life, limb and sanity in totally unfamiliar surroundings, leaving their families and loved ones behind to fend for this great Nation.
VFW Post: in definition, a home for those returning veterans and their families. A place for them to gather with family and comrades, those with like interests, who have suffered the same travesties in life. A place where we celebrate our veterans.
As Post members and Auxiliary members, it is our duty to aid our veterans in whatever manner we can. To entertain them in the friendly, respectful surroundings that they are worthy of.
Our Posts have gained the reputation of being bars. We are not a bar. Some of our Posts have the good fortune to offer canteens to our veterans, their families, and their guests. These canteens, as well as any other amenities, are totally non-profit entities.
We survive totally on donations from our community and, throughout the year, we engage in several fund raising events. These donations support our programs that aid veterans and their families, such as providing transport for area veterans to VA hospitals / medical facilities; assisting with moves for veterans to care facilities; and, cleaning and maintain landscapes for in-need veterans and families.
We are truly a family who cares for our veterans.
The POW/MIA Table
The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of our POW and missing comrades