As the nation's oldest major veterans' organization,

the VFW has an impeccable and longstanding record of service and stewardship. More than 4 million patriotic Americans, both members and non-members, entrust the VFW with financial contributions and dedicate millions of volunteer hours.


Number of VA-accredited VFW representatives across America and abroad, helping veterans fight for the VA benefits they have earned.

$7.7 billion

The total amount the VFW helped veterans recoup in earned benefits from the VA —  which includes $1.2 billion in new claims in 2017.

$10.1 million+

Value of financial assistance awarded to military families since 2004 to help cover basic needs in times of crisis. 43% of the funds covered basic housing needs.

$4.9 million+

Amount of scholarships awarded to more than 1,115 veterans and service members through VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program since January 2014.

2.2 million+

Number of service members and their family members hosted at VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP) events since 2005.

$3 million

Amount of scholarships, monetary awards and other incentives the VFW distributes annually to middle and high school students through two major patriotic essay competitions.


Number of times the VFW has testified before Congress in the last 12 months alone. The VFW has been instrumental in virtually every major legislative victory for veterans in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Number of VFW-SVA Fellows (student veterans) who have traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for veterans’ rights.

A Donation of $20 Ensures VFW
  • Educate a separating service member about his or her well-earned VA benefits through a private benefits counseling session with a VFW Service Officer.
  • Provide training to 4 VFW Service Officers on signs of emotional suffering so they can better direct veterans to programs and services.
  • Serve 5 morale-boosting "welcome home" meals for service members recently back from combat.
  • Help cover rent, utilities or groceries for a military family struggling with the hardships of war.

Learn more about the VFW's programs and services at

James Richie

"For Daddy, being recognized by his country, even with his mental state so depleted, was a real joy. The benefits eased his mind and let him go in peace knowing that my mother would be taken care of."

Lynne Graham, daughter of WWII veteran James Richie. Richie suffered frostbite and hearing loss from the war. A VFW Service Officer helped Richie secure his benefits before he passed away so that his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer's, would be taken care of.