Words from the Commander
As most of you realize, VFW does much in trying to assist our Veterans, families, widows and orphans. Many people outside of VFW do not realize this fact. We in the Department of the Pacific are dedicated to supporting these important supportive efforts.
For those who do not realize some of the achievements in support of our Veterans, they may be interested in a few facts:
84,000 VA claims were filed by the VFW’s force of service officers in 2013 resulting in over $5.9 Billion in benefits in the past two year
There were 3,628 grants provided to military families facing financial hardship through the VFW Unmet Needs since 2004.
$2,376,910 in grants were provided through VFW Unmet Needs, covering housing for struggling military families since 2004.
Over $45 Million donated annually to local community service projects by VFW members.
VFW is the largest and most influential organization representing our Veterans with Congress and the Administration, resulting in many Veteran’s Bills being passed and enacted supporting our Veterans, last year alone.
These are just a small sampling of the actions that VFW and your Department of Pacific undertake in full support of our Vets, Active Duty, families, widows & orphans. As I regularly indicate, we are dedicated to this purposeand increased membership is the key to being able to do more for our Vets.
In this regard, would like to congratulate Post 9612 at Camp Zama, Japan for being the first Post to reach or exceed 100%. They were followed, closely by Post 124 in Baguio, Philippines. Great work guys!
Also, Gasper Delise has now recruited 22 new and/or reinstated members while Cliff Wilsey has recruited 18. Keep it up, it is so important!
“Fight for our Vets!”