The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been a voice for our nation’s veterans for more than a century and is the nation’s oldest major veteran’s organization. To America and the world, the letters “VFW” symbolize volunteerism and community service. Cibolo Valley Post 8315 VFW members are dedicated to providing help to our veterans and to the Calhan community.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 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.
Our membership includes veterans from four wars and active-duty service members who have been involved in expeditionary campaigns. Historically, our membership roll call has included notable veterans like Alvin York, Audie Murphy, Carl Sandburg and John Glenn and eight U.S. presidents including Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and George Bush.
Truman saw VFW membership as a “source of pride and personal satisfaction because of the high ideals that have been exemplified throughout the lifetime of the VFW.” John F. Kennedy equated VFW with America’s freedom and security. Whether on the battlefield or in the classroom, our members are there, ever-ready to help those in need.
VFW membership is available to all U.S. service members who have earned an overseas campaign or expeditionary medal and are currently on active-duty, in the Reserves or who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. In addition, the service member must be an U.S. citizen.
Note: A 1995 VFW Congressional Charter amendment makes eligible all those who have served 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days on the Korean peninsula or in its territorial waters from June 30, 1949, until the present.
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