The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves. 
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. 

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.



Comrades and Auxiliary, 

Desperate times calls for desperate measures.  In an attempt to be as transparent as possible, I want to inform you of the status of our Post operations and to make a special request:  a donation to our Post for our Patio Project.  

The House Committee has met for 3 Emergency House Committee meetings to determine our current position.  With $0 in revenue coming in, we have done our part to reduce operating costs to a minimum. With our current reserve of funds, we can maintain our Post for about 6 months (insurance and utilities).  I do not see the Mass Gathering restrictions keeping us from returning to fully operational for that amount of time; my hope and prayer is that we are fully operational by the 1st of June.  

As you all are well aware, our Post went non-smoking 1 June 2019.  To date, we've been working to open a smoking patio for our Comrades, Auxiliary, and Guests.  Unfortunately, due to our lack of revenue, the House Committee has recommended placing this project on hold from using Post funds until we return to normal business.  At the same time, in my day-to-day conversations with Comrades and Auxiliary members, its been clear the patio project should continue, if we can do it through donations.  

Where I need your help:  we need funding to complete our patio project.  Any donation you are able make towards our patio project will help us towards our end-state; an outdoor patio for all of us to enjoy.  Any donation: $5, $10, $20, , $50, $100 or more, will help us finish the patio, which our members demand.

If you are able to provide any monetary donation, please send your donation to: 

VFW Post 6917

P.O. Box 304

Organ, NM  88052

Please make checks out to VFW Post 6917 with "Patio Project" in the memo line. 

As always, I'm here in your service.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  


Brian Ravak 

Commander, VFW Post 6917