The Veterans of
Foreign Wars (VFW) has a rich tradition in
enhancing the lives of millions through its
community service programs and special projects.
From providing free phone cards to the nation's
active-duty military personnel to raising money
for the World War II memorial, the VFW is there.
Membership in the
VFW nationwide has declined over the past
decade. In 1992, there were 2.1 million VFW
members in the United States—in 2002, the
organization had about 1.8 million regular
members and about 700,000 members in its Ladies
To aid in preserving the VFW motto of “honoring
the dead by helping the living,” a plan to
expand membership was launched. In August 2001,
for the first time in its history, VFW members
voted at a national convention to give posts the
option of allowing Men's Auxiliaries.