Many have heard of the great things the VFW has done for the brave men and women who served this country. Today marks a big day in history for Iowa. The Iowa Almanac reports that the Department of Iowa VFW is based in Des Moines, and was chartered on May 20th, 1921.

About The VFW

VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard, and reserve forces. Their website states,

We trace our 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.

Today, membership stands at more than 1.5 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary. Their core values are as follows:

  • 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

Fun Fact About The Iowa VFW

According To The Iowa Almanac, The Iowa VFW reaches more than just Iowa.

There are posts in a dozen countries, including four posts in Mexico that are actually under the jurisdiction of the Department of Iowa VFW, which was first chartered to serve Iowa’s veterans on this date, in 1921.

It's great learning about the history of things like this. Growing up my great grandfather, who is a WWII veteran, mentioned the VFW many times, and as a kid, I didn't know what it was. Next time he mentions it I will know a lot more.

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