ABOUT US

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.
 

Post News

Important Info for Post 7313 Members

US Coast Guard Birthday

As we celebrate the 227th birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard, we want to say thank you to our men and women who have served.

Playwriting Workshop for Veterans

Got a story to tell? Learn the fundamentals of playwriting including plot and character development, dramatic structure, and preparing your work for submission.

Statewide News

News & Info from your department

Vietnam Veterans Education Campaign

Are you a qualifying Veteran exposed to AGENT ORANGE?

National Council of Administration Meeting - August 26 - 27

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW, GAH Host Second Annual ‘A Day to Change Direction’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Leading the national effort to change the barrier surrounding mental health,

A Haircut at Sport Clips can 'Help A Hero'

Sport Clips

Announcements

It is with a sad heart that Joe Wagner Post 7313 announces the passing of our Post Commander Thomas J. "Doc" Wasileski. He served our nation and this Post well and will be sorely missed. His obituary and details on funeral service can be found at: http://www.donaldsonfunerals.com/notices/ThomasDocSki-Wasileski.
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. This year Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 (http://vfw7313.org) in Pittsboro is participating in the Teacher of the Year Program.

Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. For example, do you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall or organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects. If you know of such a teacher, honor him or her today with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

The rules eligibility requirements and submission form can be found below. Anyone can make a submission and the deadline for submissions to the Post is 31 October 2017.


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OUR MISSION

"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.”