About the VFW & VFW Post 67
LT. LANSDALE POST 67
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 is being constructed in Washington, D.C., and is expected to open in 2010.
In 2001, VFW unveiled its tribute to service and country with its dedication of Centennial Plaza.
Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.
VFW POST 67 MISSION
Committed to finding new and innovative methods to acquire resources at the Local, State and Federal levels; secure funding within the Private, Corporate, State and Federal agencies.
Dedicated to enhancing the VFW Post #67 visibility, recognition and services to all veterans through the collaboration and advocacy with veterans, social, educational, business and governmental organizations. “Reach Out” and support local youth programs and continually strive to develop new and innovative programs and or approaches to embrace a diversified veteran population with the purpose of providing an education, mental health assistance and professional career opportunities into the 21st century.
• Conduct fundraising, sponsorship and secure funding for Post #67 activities
• Increase Post Membership
• Conduct Veterans Outreach and Service Activities
• Form Community Liaisons with Civic, Business, Veterans, Government and Fraternal organizations to further Post #67 mission
• Conduct six (6) fundraising events a year
• Review and approve fundraising and sponsorship programs
• Enhance Post #67 Presence and Community recognition
• Collaborate with other City, State and National Veterans Organizations to advocate for improved Veterans Benefits
• Support children and youth programs such as Jr, ROTC, Toys for Troops, etc.
NATIONAL VFW MISSION
We Know What's Important
To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
Our Core Values:
• Always put the interests of our members first
• Treat donors as partners in our cause
• Promote patriotism
• Honor military service
• Ensure the care of veterans and their families
• Serve our communities
• Promote a positive image of the VFW
• Respect the diversity of veteran opinions