Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has a rich
tradition in enhancing the lives of millions
through its community service programs and
special projects. From providing free phone
cards to the nation's active-duty military
personnel to raising money for the World War II
memorial, the VFW is there.
Membership in the VFW
nationwide has declined over the past decade. In
1992, there were 2.1 million VFW members in the
United States—in 2002, the organization had
about 1.8 million regular members and about
700,000 members in its women's auxiliaries.
To aid in
preserving the VFW motto of “honoring the dead
by helping the living,” a plan to expand
membership was launched. In August 2001,
for the first time in its history, VFW members
voted at a national convention to give posts the
option of allowing men's auxiliaries.