As the nation's oldest major veterans' organization,

the VFW has an impeccable and longstanding record of service and stewardship. More than 4.4 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.

$11.2 billion

The total annual amount the VFW helped veterans recoup in VA disability compensation and pension benefits.

$12.7 million+

Value of financial assistance awarded to military families since 2004 to help cover basic needs in times of crisis. 45% of the funds covered basic housing needs.

$11.55 million

Amount of scholarships awarded to more than 2,567 veterans and service members through VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” since January 2014.

3.4 million+

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

Nearly $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 12 VFW Service Officers on signs of emotional suffering so they can better direct veterans to programs and services.
  • Deliver 5 morale-boosting “welcome home” celebrations for service members who have returned from combat.
  • Help cover rent, utilities or groceries for a military family struggling with the hardships of war.

Updated December 2022