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"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." I agree wholeheartedly that it is the dedication of a lifetime that defines true patriotism.  You all have given not only your time, dedication and effort, but—most importantly—your very being to the protection and advancement of this great country. You work tirelessly for the rights of the veterans who serve our country, while conducting the nation’s finest civic training to instill young future leaders with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to govern this country.


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.

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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 opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 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.



Our Mission


Mission Statement

The VFW mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.

 The VFW mandates are:

  • By prevailing upon Congress and the administration to fulfill the nation's commitment to care and provide for her defenders and their dependents in their time of need and to ensure that the United States remains ever vigilant while maintaining a strong national defense. 
  • Ensure veterans are provided all the care, entitlements and compensation that they have earned through their service and sacrifice in defense of our nation in a prompt and compassionate manner by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other concerned Departments and Agencies.
  • Ensure legislation is advanced in Congress and signed into law that reflects the VFW's pro-veteran, pro-national defense and pro-America goals; and protect veterans from proposals detrimental to them and the nation.
  • Ensure employment opportunities for America's veterans are supported by lawmakers, the private sector and all concerned governmental entities through enhancement of veterans' preference legislation, training and education programs.
  • Ensure a firm foreign policy that guarantees our integrity as a nation, promotes our democratic ideals and interest abroad, and seeks the fullest possible accounting of our comrades missing from all wars and is backed by a strong military that provides for the well-being and quality of life for those men and women in uniform.


William Miller
Post: 521
Air Force
 Air Force
Denise Perry
Post: 6054
Senior Vice Commander
James Everett
Post: 6506
Junior Vice Commander


Harvey Cunningham, Jr.
Post: 8185
Douglas MacArthur
Post: 5337
Victor Fuentealba
Post: 9083
Judge Advocate
Ron James
Post: 5246
Frank Bennett
Post: 1858
Lamont Gibson
3 Year Trustee
Bryan Lankford
Post: 5246
2 Year Trustee
Robert Brown
Post: 1936
1Year Trustee
Tonsel Lide
Post: 7757
Chief of Staff
T. C. Williams
Post: 9862
Immediate Past Commander and Inspector


John DellaTezza
Post: 6658
1 Year Trustee
Ronald Servary
Post: 521
Sergeant at Arms
Mary Walters
Service Officer


Tiffany Daniel
Post: 7461
District 01 - Commander
Sammy Cole
Post: 8950
District 2 - Commander
Robert Hensley, Jr.
Post: 10077
District 03 Commander
Bryan Lankford
Post: 5246
District 04 - Commander
Lawrence Adams
Post: 6054
District 05 Commander
James Sanchez
Post: 160
District 06 - Commander
Thomas Williams
Post: 467
District 07 - Commander
Bruce Edwards
Post: 8185
District 10 - Commander
Arnold Goering
Post: 751
District 11 - Commander

Ed Wisniewski
Post: 2678
District 14 Commander

U.S. Navy


Thomas Rippon
Post: 8276
District 16 Commander
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