National VFW Day
The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) wishes the VFW national organization a happy 115th birthday! The group, titled Veterans of Foreign Wars, began in the early twentieth century to advocate for the rights of those soldiers who returned from the Spanish-American War in 1898 and the Philippine-American War, 1899–1902. Those men were sick, wounded and suffering from what we now know as Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Unlike today, military Veterans did not receive healthcare or pensions after they left the service. So these Veterans banded together to fight for their rights and the rights of their brethren; thus was born the VFW.
There are over one million Veterans living in Texas, including those who were active-duty, Guard or reserve forces. Only 1.6 million Veterans nationwide belong to the VFW, but the organization still fights today for Veterans’ rights, whether those Veterans are members of their organization or not. Many of the Veterans programs we know today were advocated for by the VFW, including the national cemetery system, the Veterans Administration, the GI Bill, and many other service benefits.
While the VFW serves all Veterans, their specific focus is on those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have served in conflict zones abroad. In addition to their advocacy in state and federal government, they provide assistance to members in other ways. They help with VA benefits and claims, offer financial grants, support Veterans returning to school with support and scholarships, and push the idea of mental wellness.
Happy birthday to an organization who does so much to help our beloved Veterans! The VLB salutes you and all you do!
The VLB is happy to provide any needed help for these American heroes. The mission for the VLB is “to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.” Call 1–800–252–8387, email VLBinfo@glo.texas.gov, or visit vlb.texas.gov to see the different benefits available.
If you are a Veteran, thank you for your service. Click Here to Sign Up to stay informed on your benefits with the Texas Veterans Land Board.