JULY STARTS A NEW VFW MEMBERSHIP YEAR IN THE FOX VALLEY
Are you a Veteran that deployed overseas? We need people like you to join us in our mission of Veterans Helping Veterans.
On a large scale, the Veterans of Foreign Wars campaigns for ALL Veterans. The VFW is not a government entity, nor is it political. However, the VFW wields a very powerful presence nationally to get benefits for deserving Veterans. Examples include Blue Water Navy (expanding the net of those affected by Agent Orange in Vietnam), Burn Pit Registry (creating a registry for those that were exposed to toxins in the Persian Gulf and other areas), to benefits that have become mainstream for Veterans – like the GI Bill.
On the local level, your VFW – Post 1197 Batavia, serves as a network for Veterans that may not have other outlets to communicate with those that can relate to their experiences in uniform. Nationally, 22 Veterans commit suicide a day. We take our camaraderie seriously and look after each other. During the apex of the COVID-19 crisis, we contacted every member of our Post bi-weekly to ensure they were safe. In some cases, our members delivered essentials such as medication and toiletries to those that were high-risk or homebound. We conduct fundraisers, including our Poppy drives at Woodman’s, to assist needy Veterans and their families through temporary financial hardships with help that can change their life. We also host patriotic and other events where we showcase the great work we’re doing to promote American ideals.
We welcome all branches, ranks, and periods of service. As general guide, if you were honorably discharged, are a U.S. citizen, and have a medal, ribbon, or badge shown below, you are eligible
If you are interested in joining the VFW, please contact our Membership Officer, Bryan Kelsey, at 630.879.9630 or email@example.com
Commander Steve Hunter