Senior Vice Commander Martin Younger, speakers Mirtha Villareal Younger and Councilmember Caity Maple, Commander Joseph Paez, Veterans Day Luncheon Co-Chairs, Gloria Martinez and Quartermaster, Xavier Martinez at 2023 Veterans Day Luncheon held on November 11th.

History: The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans 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.