This site was last updated on 19 February 2017 at 0340.
San Antonio, TX
Commander - Ray Gray
Senior Vice Commander - Kenneth Fall
Quartermaster - Antonio Amesquita
Junior Vice Commander - Lee M. Rivas
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 or 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
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
veteran’s organization to contribute to building
the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.
Annually, the 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute
more than 11 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.
This site was developed and is being maintained by
Ray Halter, US Army Retired.
Lifetime Member of VFW Post 8541
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