The Veterans of Foreign Wars 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

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 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 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,

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.

From providing $2.5 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 has been there.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Post 6790, Wellton, Arizona
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Post Phone: 928-785-4225
Quartermaster: 619-813-2146
Fax: 928-785-9724
Snail Mail: PO Box 335
Wellton, AZ 85356
29389 Oakland Avenue
Wellton, AZ 85356
ph: 928-785-4225
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