About  VFW 983

The VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES is a patriotic veterans and service organization that meets in comradeship for the benefit of veteran's causes and for service to our community.


Membership is restricted to honorably discharged veterans who have served in combat with the U.S. armed services.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.3 million members in approximately 8,400 Posts worldwide.


Its mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.


The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.


In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.


Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.


VFW 983 Honors these principles in supporting all veterans , and those who have served living in the Las Vegas valley