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 women's
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.