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The Veterans of Foreign Wars 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, but 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. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
 
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. 
 
From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.
 

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Statewide News

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The VFW's Voice of Democracy competition allows high school students to compete for more than $2.1 million in scholarships and incentives.

2018 Patriot's Pen Winners

The VFW's Patriot's Pen competition allows high school students to compete for scholarships and incentives.

National News

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Announcements

VFW Post Announces Youth and Education Contest Winners


 Pittsboro, NC (2 January 2019) – Joe Wagner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7313 is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018-19 Youth and Education award contests:


  1. Voice of Democracy - Established in 1947, this audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. This year the winners at the Post level were Chase Miller - First Place, $100 and Abbey Bullock - Second Place, $75. Chase, the first place winner, was sponsored by the Post to the VFW North Carolina District 9 level of the competition. His winning essay was based on this year’s theme, Why My Vote Matters.
  2. Patriot’s Pen - Established in 1995, this youth essay competition for grades 6, 7 and 8 was enacted as a way to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society while improving their writing skills. This year the winners at the Post level were Elizabeth Dupree - First Place, $100; Nathaniel Hull - Second Place, $75 and Isabella Segnere - Third Place, $50. Elizabeth and Nathaniel, the first and second place winners, were sponsored by the Post to the VFW North Carolina District 9 level of the competition. Their winning essays were based on this year’s theme, Why I Honor the American Flag.
  3. Teacher of the Year - Each year the VFW recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and patriotism to their students and to promote America’s history, traditions and citizenship education effectively. This year the winner at the Post level with an award of $100 was Ms Toni Maples, a CTE Business Teacher at Cordova Middle School, Cordova, North Carolina. She was sponsored by the Post to the VFW North Carolina District 9 level of the competition.

Twenty-one Chatham County students participated in the Post level competition this year. Winners at the Post level have the opportunity to move through the District and Department (State) levels to compete at the national level for individual awards ranging from $500 to $30,000. 


The essay winners and their families were hosted for dinner and the award presentation at the Post’s regular monthly meeting on 27 November 2018. Ms Maples received her award at a ceremony at her school on 13 December 2018.


Left to Right: Abbey Bulbrook, Chase Miller, Elizabeth Dupree, Isabella Segnere and Nathaniel Hull



Left to Right: Gregory Flood, Post Quartermaster and Toni Maples, Teacher of the Year


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"That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.”