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VFW Magazine

VFW magazine is the official publication of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
with a circulation of 1.5 million.

VFW magazine has been the voice of the overseas veteran for more than a century. In
November 1904, the first issue of the magazine's predecessor publication appeared for
members of a fledgling organization called the American Veterans of Foreign Service.

    Though only a handful of Americans were aware of it even
    back then, the nation was engaged in a war with fanatical
    Muslims in the southern Philippines in 1904. Teddy
    Roosevelt was President, and he was determined that
    veterans of that war (then in its second year) be treated with
    respect.

    Fatefully, a similar situation exists today. The difference now
    is that there is a highly respected organization available to
    meet the needs of veterans returning from the war zones in
    Afghanistan and Iraq. And VFW's magazine is still here more
    than 100 years later to ensure recognition and respect for
    them.

From humble beginnings as a four-page newsletter, The American Veteran of Foreign Service
evolved into a magazine that is counted among the top 60 publications (in terms of circulation)
in the United States. That is something to boast about considering the fact that 19,500
magazines are published in this country each year.

For more than 10 decades--through five lengthy wars and numerous smaller campaigns--VFW
magazine and its predecessors have taken up the cudgels on behalf of war veterans. From
travel pay to a bonus to the GI Bill to VA health care, the magazine has spoken for the
organization on matters of critical importance.

The magazine has strived to keep up with the times, but at the same time preserving the
traditions held dear by members. Magazine covers have illustrated contemporary artistic styles
and highlighted events reflective of the respective decades.

Circulation flowed with tide of membership. From only 1,000 subscribers in 1910, it peaked at
2,167,788 readers in 1992.
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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