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.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of
The United Stated of America
Post 3928 - Benicia, CA
Meetings are held every 1st Wednesday at
1900 Hours in the Fiore Board Room
Sr. Vice Commander
Jr. Vice Commander
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 5000; 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 21008, 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 fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.
Annually the 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute more than 11 million hours of volunteerism in the community including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.
The purposes of the corporation are fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational.
To preserve and strengthen comradeship mangiest its members
To assist worthy comrades
To perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their widows and orphans
To maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws
To foster true patriotism
To maintain and extend the institution of American freedom; and
To preserve and defend the United States from all enemies.
BENIFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
Become involved in events honoring those who served
Meet other Veterans and supporters of the Armed Forces
Access to Members Only Lounge
Discounted rate for renting the hall
Discount on purchases through Dell, Sprint, and other vendors*
Travel discounts through Alamo, Enterprise, National, and Motel 6*
Plus much more! Visit VFW.org/MemberBenefits for more information.
*Discount provided by merchant as is subject to change without notice
An individual is eligible for membership only if they served honorably as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States
in a foreign war, insurrection, or expedition in service that has been recognized as a campaign-medal service that is governed by the authorization of the award of a campaign badge by the United States Government; or
on the Korean peninsula or in territorial waters for at least 30 consecutive days, or a total of 60 days, after June 30, 1949; or
in an area which entitled the individual to receive special pay for duty subject to hostile fire pay or imminent danger under section 310 of title 37.