The Veterans of Foreign Wars is a non-profit veterans service organization founded by James C. Putnam. The organization was founded on September 29, 1899. There are about 6,000 VFW posts around the world, with 52 departments statewide that offer services and advocacy to veterans and their families. VFW Day is a holiday that raises awareness for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and veterans in need. VFW Day is observed on September 29 every year.

The VFW includes those who served in a foreign war or overseas operation and were recognized by a campaign medal. Some examples of qualifying service include service in Korea after June 30, 1949; veterans of World War II, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, and Panama; those who have received hostile fire or imminent danger pay, veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other smaller expeditionary campaigns; and veterans of operations in the Persian Gulf, Somali, and Kosovo. Additionally, an auxiliary was founded in 1914 to include spouses, surviving spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and siblings of veterans.

The VFW assists with military quality of life, education, employment, transition assistance, memorial affairs, disability assistance, and veteran health care. The VFW also offers financial assistance to members of the organization. There’s even a VFW Mental Wellness campaign designed to end the stigma around military mental health issues.

Similarly, SRQ Vets assists local veterans in Sarasota with mental health services, education, joblessness, homelessness, healthcare, home improvements, and more. On VFW Day consider making a donation to SRQ Vets. To learn more about our services, feel free to give us a call at 941-777-8387.

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