National VFW Mission and Vision Statements
OUR MISSION: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
OUR VISION: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
OUR CORE VALUES:
- Always put the interests of our members first
- Treat donors as partners in our cause
- Promote patriotism
- Honor military service
- Ensure the care of veterans and their families
- Serve our communities
- Promote a positive image of the VFW
- Respect the diversity of veteran opinions
Memorial Day Services
Many of our VFW posts throughout the state of Illinois provide services on these days to recognize, honor and respect America's war dead. It is but a small gesture of appreciation for all those who have made the supreme sacrifice for their country, for our country, for the freedom and strength that is the United States of America.
U.S. Flag Disposal Services
Check with your local VFW post to see if they provide a flag disposal service for your used flags. As flags deteriorate from usage and weather, in honor of our country and all the flag represents, it is fitting to destroy the flag in an honorable way.
Local Community Projects
VFW posts volunteer and help in funding efforts for many community projects. Direct community involvement always has been, and always will be a major VFW priority.
Other Community Services
Annual participation in Make A Difference Day, National Volunteer Week, Toys for Tots and March of Dimes are some of the more well-known volunteer efforts supported by the VFW. We've also been getting involved with Connect America and America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth.
Led by its premier youth scholarship program, the Voice of Democracy, VFW takes great pride in its youth programs. In addition to VOD scholarships, VFW units support numerous youth activities. Some of these include sports, scouting, 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, contests, projects and ROTC competitions.
VFW service officers tackle problems on behalf of veterans ranging from guaranteeing VA disability compensation to acquiring well-deserved military awards.