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OUR MISSION: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our
veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans

OUR VISION: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and  
are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.


  • 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

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 inestablishing 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 1.9 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.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Arizona
6907 East Thomas Road * Scottsdale, Arizona 85251-6828 * Office:  480-941-5258 * Fax:   480-994-3730 *
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