Magazine article VFW Magazine

Extolling VFW Achievements

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Extolling VFW Achievements

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Over the last 11V2 decades, our organization has profoundly affected the course of the American veterans movement, as well as broader social and political events.

That VFW has deeply impacted American society in the past 114 years is indisputable. Both within the struggle for veterans' rights and communities at large, our organization has left its mark on U.S. history.

Now that we are well over a decade into the 21st century, it might be a good time to recap our most notable accomplishments. After all, they span the most exciting episodes of the nation's storied past. Rather than standing apart from the greater society, we have been an integral part of the country's cultural fabric.

From the smallest town hall to the center of power on Capitol Hill, VFW is a respected name. Our role in local, state and national affairs is ever-important. And while our influence and name may be known today, what we have done in the past is not necessarily common knowledge. This applies equally to the general public and many members alike.

So to set the record straight, this issue is devoted largely to highlighting our successes. Sometimes it is a smart idea to toot one's own horn, and this is as good a time as any.

VFW really put itself on the map in the post-World War I era. It was during the 1930sthe Great Depression-that the initials VFW took root. That was because our organization almost single-handedly championed the cause of a Bonus for WWI vets in economically depressed times. At the same time, we were responsible for the StarSpangled Banner becoming the national anthem. …

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