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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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We are sad to announce that our comrade, Lawrence "Larry" Gilbert, passed away on 31 October 2017. We have received the following information from his family:

I’m sorry to let you know that my father, Lawrence Gilbert, passed away after a short illness. He was comfortable, and surrounded by people he loved.

On behalf of my family, I am writing to provide you with information about our plans to commemorate our father, Lawrence Gilbert. Please share this information with anyone whom you think may wish to receive it.
(1) There will be a SERVICE AT 10:00 AM ON FRIDAY 11/3/17 at Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC
Map: https://goo.gl/gaQFHL
(2) There will be a LUNCH & CELEBRATION AT 12:00 PM ON FRIDAY 11/3/17 at the Rizzo Center, 150 DuBose Home Lane, Chapel Hill, NC
Map: https://goo.gl/W8JYBm
Upon arriving at the Rizzo Center, turn right at the Gate House. Continue past the parking lot on the right and Loudermilk Hall on the left until you reach McLean Hall, also on the left. Follow the driveway down behind the building and park in the parking lot. The reception is in The Shaffer Kenan Lounge in McLean Hall. Take the elevator up to the 1st floor and follow the hall around to the left. HERE is a link to an online property map to help orient you to the facility.
If parking is not available in the back parking lot, additional parking will be available in the main lot. When driving out of The Rizzo Center, you will pass McLean Hall and Loudermilk Hall on your right. The main parking lot will be on the left side before you exit the property.
(3) In lieu of flowers, our family asks that donations be made to the Lawrence Gilbert Distinguished Lecture Fund in Biology at the University of North Carolina. Checks should be made payable to "Dept. Biology Gilbert Lectureship Fund Designation Code 105561” and should be mailed to "Department of Biology / Attention: Dr. Victoria Bautch / UNC Chapel Hill / 205 Coker Hall; CB# 3280 / Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280.”
Scott, Joanne, and I invite you to join us on Friday.

I don’t have a complete list of all my father’s friends, of course, so please share this information with anyone whom you think might wish to know.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.



"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.”