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Veterans of Foreign Wars

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.

Today, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours annually of volunteerism in the community.

American Legion

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments; one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

Freeland PA Veterans

The Freeland Veterans network was created in 2015 to honor comrades-in-arms that gave their life and promote activities related to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5010 and American Legion Post 473 of Armed Forces Veterans and ancillary organizations of the Freeland Borough community.

Department of Veterans Affairs

The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. The Continental Congress of 1776 encouraged enlistments during the Revolutionary War by providing pensions for soldiers who were disabled. In 1811, the first domiciliary and medical facility for veterans was authorized by the Federal Government. In the 19th century, the Nation's veterans assistance program was expanded to include benefits and pensions not only for veterans, but also their widows and dependents.

The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to "consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans."

In 1973, the Veterans Administration assumed another major responsibility when the National Cemetery System (except for Arlington National Cemetery) was transferred to the Veterans Administration from the Department of the Army.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established as a Cabinet-level position on March 15, 1989. President Bush hailed the creation of the new Department saying, "There is only one place for the veterans of America, in the Cabinet Room, at the table with the President of the United States of America."

The Directory of Veterans Service Organizations for 2012-2013 (PDF) is published as an informational service by the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Military Order of the Purple Heart

"Military Order of the Purple Heart - All Gave Some - Some Gave All"

Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

Vietnam Veterans of America

"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."

VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

Nearly a hundred thousand members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Fleet Marine services who fought in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 currently suffer disabilities from the effects of dioxin, found in Agent Orange. Yet, these service personnel are being denied all service-connected health care from VA Hospitals and disability compensation for these diseases by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Approximately 21 million gallons of deadly herbicides were sprayed on Vietnam between 1962 and 1970. Where do you suppose it all went? This site provides information related to dioxin and other toxic exposures by personnel of the Blue Water Navy, which includes Coast Guard and Fleet Marine personnel.

Mesothelioma Veterans

Mesothelioma Veterans hosts a web site with a plethora of information about this devastating disease. Especially for veterans, the group provides information in four categories.

  1. Asbestos Use in the Military
  2. Asbestos Exposure by Branch
  3. Recent Asbestos Exposure
  4. VA Benefits for Mesothelioma

Veterans run a high risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos. As a group, they account for 30 percent of all diagnoses in the U.S.

Guide for Addicted Veterans

Guide for Addicted Veterans The problem of addiction is one that plagues veterans, but a number of resources and treatment options exists to help men and women in uniform rebuild their lives. The families of veterans have to fight a number of battles on their own. They may not see their loved one for months and years at a time, not knowing if their parent, spouse, sibling, or child will make it home. For those who do make it back, the horrors of war are not left on the battlefield. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and combat-related substance abuse can strike at the heart of even the tightest knit of families.

This web site is a Guide for Addicted Veterans and their Families which contains information about...

  1. Substance Abuse
  2. PTSD
  3. Prescription Drugs
  4. Brain Trauma
  5. Sexual Assault
  6. Suicide Risk
  7. Recognize Symptoms
  8. Intervention
  9. Treatment Help