Through the years, the national voice of the VFW has been instrumental to help establish the Veterans
Administration, the GI bill for the 21st century, the development of the national cemetery system, and
various veteran’s memorials. The VFW has also fought for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to
Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome, and for improved VA medical centers
services for women veterans.


Annually, the 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 11 million hours of
volunteerism in communities nationwide and provide $2.5 million in college scholarships and savings
bonds to students every year.