HISTORY OF THE VFW AND ITS LADIES AUXILIARY
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (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.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (LAVFW) was established in 1914 - almost 100 years of service to our veterans, their families, communities and our youth. One of the most important programs the Ladies Auxiliary VFW established was donating over $3 million annually towards cancer aid and research. All proceeds are 100%; there is no overhead. The Ladies work hand in hand with our parent organization - the VFW - on Americanism projects, Suicide Awareness, the VFW National Home for Children located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Veterans and Family Support, various Scholarships including the VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen audio essay contests (top prize $30,000 scholarship), Legislation, Hospital Program as well as Youth Activities.
Ladies Auxiliary VFW Objective:
The objects of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational; to assist the Posts and members thereof of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and its own members whenever possible; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America and fidelity to its Constitution and Laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom and equal rights and justice to all men and women; and to preserve and defend the United States of America from her enemies whomsoever.
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