At Lake Washington Post 2995, we have Service Officers who can assist you in filing or updating a VA Claim. If you have never filed, you should talk with one of our Service Officer to understand the benefits you could be missing out on.
The Post is very active and again, you chose the level of involvement you want to provide. If supporting Veterans is your aim, the Post has many programs and services available.
Buddy Poppy: Our program collects donations twice a year (Memorial Day & Veterans Day weekends) that are used to assist needy Veterans and their families.
Honor Guard: The team performs funeral services at Tahoma National Cemetery monthly and supports local functions (parades, schools) when they’re able.
Troop Support: 16 years and over 21,000 care packages, the team collects donations monthly and ships 100 care packages to our deployed forces overseas.
If you already have a demanding schedule and would just like to use the Post for relaxation, socialization, or networking, then you're in luck. Each month we host a variety of activities. Whether it be Karaoke, a Dine & Dance, Bingo, Trivia, or a holiday/special event party, there is always something to do. Our Calendar & Newsletter (electronically sent each month) will showcase the Post’s activities.
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.
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.
The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.
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.