The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) is a membership organization that works on behalf of American veterans. Members must be a US citizen or national with an honorable discharge from the US Armed Forces or currently serving in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy. Membership also requires military service overseas during an operation or conflict and decoration with an expeditionary medal, a campaign medal or ribbon.
The VFW serves its members by lobbying Congress for better veterans’ health care and benefits. The VFW also maintains a nationwide organization of employees and volunteers to assist veterans with their VA disability claims.
The VFW also donates millions of dollars and millions of hours for community service. The national organization’s model permeates the local chapters including that of the VFW Post #6904. Members of the local post established two scholarships in 1999, one for a graduating senior from Pendleton High School and the other for a graduating senior from Mt. Vernon High School. Reflective of the organization’s high standards, qualifying students must show traits of good character, leadership potential and good citizenship. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.