A VFW Auxiliary is affiliated to a Post of the VFW. It's
objectives are to:
assistance to the VFW Post and its members whenever possible
assistance to the VFW Auxiliary members whenever possible
true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America
fidelity to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America
and extend the Institutions of American Freedom, Equal Rights and
Justice to all men and women
and Defend the United States of America from all her enemies whomsoever
accomplish these objectives, the VFW Auxiliary has established several
programs as listed below:
Members of the VFW Auxiliary are proud of our history of dedication to
promoting Americanism. Through Patriotic Education, Citizenship
Education and Flag Etiquette demonstrations we hope to foster the love
of country within our communities.
Through dedicated programs of loyalty and patriotism the VFW Auxiliary
shows our gratitude for the dedicated service the veterans gave on our
behalf and for our freedom. Although the weapons of war have changed
over the years, the challenge to stand up for what we believe has not.
We salute the veterans and active military who have answered their
eountry's call to arms. The National Flag represents the living country
and is considered to be a living thing, emblematic of the respect and
pride we have for our Nation. Our Flag should be displayed proudly in a
place of honor.
The "Voice of Democracy" audio essay competition offers an opportunity
to instill the proud legacy of patriotism in the young people. Students
are encouraged to appreciate values and ideals for which the veterans
sacrificed so much.
We are distributing Buddy Poppies to the public. This hand-made symbol
of the Memorial provides an outstanding way for us to honor those who
died by helping their comrades who are now in need. Handicapped
veterans make the Buddy Poppies for the VFW. We purchase them,
providing a small income for that veteran. Then, we offer them to the
public as we solicit donations for our needy comrades and their loved
ones. All funds raised in this manner are reserved for this cause,
exclusively. All through this process our veterans are helped. This is
a general outreach program for all veterans, not just VFW members.
We have the responsibility to instruct the youth of our nation. Our
school age children must be educated in the history of our country, how
to honor and respect the Flag and the debt owed to our veterans. We can
no longer assume that these values will be taught in the home or
included in school curriculums. Today's children will be tomorrow's
leaders. If our democratic way of life is to endure, our children must
know the struggles incurred to establish our government. If the
freedoms we enjoy are to continue for future generations, the children
must be taught to appreciate how precious these freedoms are. The youth
of our nation are our most precious commodity and our most valuable
natural resource. Children are not born with a love for their country,
honor for the Flag or respect for our veterans. They must be taught! We
must teach them!
The VFW Auxiliary organizes and sponsors activities for the
neighborhoods where they live. It also assists in their Post's
sponsored endeavors. These projects benefit the city, town,
neighborhood, other organizations, institutions, or individuals.
REHABILITATION AND SERVICE WORK
Rehabilitation is service to the veterans and their families after they
leave the hospital. We must never forget the sacrifices our veterans
have made to keep our country free. Our veterans and spouses who are
senior citizens are a cherished part of our community. We assist them
in many ways. By a telephone call, by a card or flowers we try to make
a bright spot in their day. Often, it is difficult for senior citizens
to get out. We offer them a ride to church or to the doctor or an
hour's outing. Our "Adopt-A-Veteran" program allows us to continue to
let them know tbey are not alone and that we are there to help them
cope with the everyday problems that arise. We help active duty
veterans and their families by participating in "Operation Uplink"
which provides long distance telephone calling cards to the personnel
serving overseas. We are increasing our emphasis on service to homeless
veterans. We work with shelters, missions, food banks and thrift shops
who provide for the needs of homeless veterans.
The VFW National Home is a living, breathing memorial. Through Service
to our Veterans, our Ladies Auxiliary has made a vow to provide love,
care and education to the children and grandchildren of our deceased or
disabled veterans. We must never falter in our efforts to provide a
nurturing and secure environment for tbe children of our National Home.
The home, located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, is on 630 acres of farm
land and has 70 buildings that include brick homes, library, community
center, chapel, guest lodge, nursery school, teen center, fire
department, administration buildings and its own water treatment and
sewage plant. The Health and Happiness Christmas Cheer Fund assures
that eaeh child receives a Christmas gift and a gift for members of his
or her family.
Through unselfish giving of time, energy, love and devotion, thousands
of Veterans have been cheered, comforted, loved and thanked for their
DEDICATED SERVICE to us when it was needed. All that we are and have
today, we owe to the Veterans who answered the call. Now it is our turn
to let them know how much we appreciate all they did, never forgetting
their sacrifices. These Veterans can be found in the VA Hospitals,
nursing homes, out-patient clinics and in their homes in every
community. More and more their numbers are increasing as they become
older and experience more health problems. Some of these men and women
have no families or relatives to offer them comfort. Ladies Auxiliary
members sit with them, read for them, or maybe write a letter for them.
Achivements of the VFW Auxiliary:
Fought for military pensions and compensation/training for disabled
veterans after WWI.
Promoted and gained the WWI Bonus.
Planned establishment of the Veterans Administration in 1930.
Supported creation of the GI Bill of Rights after WWII.
Led development of the national cemetery system.
Lobbied for creation of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in 1970.
Fought for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange.
Encouraged elevation of the Veterans Administration to the President's
Protected and enhanced the VA budget.
Preserved exclusivity of the VA hospital system for veterans.
Gained presumptive health care for Gulf War Syndrome victims.
Provided nearly $900,000 in national disaster relief since 1964.
Donated $42 million for cancer research and treatment over the past 43
Raised $500,000 to provide 300,000 care packages to Desert Storm troops.
Contributed $607,000 to the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
Contributed over $200,000 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Contributed more than $100,000 to the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project.
The key to a well functioning VFW Auxiliary is to work closely
with its Post to reach out to our Veterans, their families, the
community, our youth, and to each other to do the very best we can to
promote patriotism, community service, and support for the future of
our children. We strive to be a well respected and integral part of our
community, often joining forces with other organizations in striving to
meet the high standards and traditions of our national Veterans of
Foreign Wars organization and its Auxiliary.