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I may not always believe in and trust our government, but I will ALWAYS believe and trust the American Soldier.  You have taken a sacred oath to protect the many FREEDOMS that so many of us take for granted.  Please understand that I am grateful for your sacrifice(s) and your service on my behalf.  It is an honor to call you "My Countrymen".
     
 
 
   
 
       
             
 

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As yesterday’s defenders of freedom , we want to welcome today’s military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families and continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families.

 
 
   
 

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     Welcome to the Department of Maryland web site.  I hope that you are able to find all of the information, forms, and program data that you may need during this administrative year.
 
     This is the year for this Department to come back and reestablish itself as one of the top
Departments in the country.  A quality and aggressive membership program, with participation in all the core programs, will be required.
 
     The first priority is the individual and VFW families.  This will mean an increase in full family activities.  All of the Council of Administration meetings, except one, have been moved to Saturdays to allow Sundays to be spent with families, football or both.  All posts are urged to submit an events schedule so that the events may be posted to the calendar of events listed on a separate page.
 
     A fairly new program, Student Veterans on Campus, focuses on the college or technical school veteran.  All posts should look to make inroads with the student organizations and join them in community service projects.  These veterans are the life blood of this organization, and required for its continued growth.
 
     The special project for this year is the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.  This organization provides secondary education to the dependents of deceased special operators, SEALS, Green Berets, Combat Controllers, and others.  Special Operations Warrior Foundation has a small staff of 14, and operates with only 4.4 to 5.5% overhead.  If each member were to donate $2.00 we could easily surpass the established goal.
 
     There are some exciting events and special programs that will be announced later in the year.  Read about them in the newly reestablished issues of the Combat Veteran.
 
    The object of this administration is three-fold:  do the required work; help posts that are struggling; and have fun doing it.
 
In closing, remember, "choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong",
 
In comradeship,
 
T. C. Williams
Department Commander 
 

 

 



 

Our Mission

     
 

Mission Statement

The VFW mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.

 The VFW mandates are:

  • By prevailing upon Congress and the administration to fulfill the nation's commitment to care and provide for her defenders and their dependents in their time of need and to ensure that the United States remains ever vigilant while maintaining a strong national defense. 
  • Ensure veterans are provided all the care, entitlements and compensation that they have earned through their service and sacrifice in defense of our nation in a prompt and compassionate manner by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other concerned Departments and Agencies.
  • Ensure legislation is advanced in Congress and signed into law that reflects the VFW's pro-veteran, pro-national defense and pro-America goals; and protect veterans from proposals detrimental to them and the nation.
  • Ensure employment opportunities for America's veterans are supported by lawmakers, the private sector and all concerned governmental entities through enhancement of veterans' preference legislation, training and education programs.
  • Ensure a firm foreign policy that guarantees our integrity as a nation, promotes our democratic ideals and interest abroad, and seeks the fullest possible accounting of our comrades missing from all wars and is backed by a strong military that provides for the well-being and quality of life for those men and women in uniform.
 
 
 
   
 

Statewide News

 
 

Wearing unearned medal can be a crime; free-speech
Lying about receiving a military medal is constitutionally protected, but there’s no right to carry the lie a step further by wearing a combat decoration that hasn’t been earned, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

   
 
   

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National News

 
 

VFW Salutes United States Army for 241 Years of Service
Our nation’s soldiers are America’s true heroes.
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – June 14, 2016, marks the 241st year of service from the United States Army. The U.S. Army has evolved drastically since it was originally organized as the Continental Army in 1775; battlefields have transformed, weaponry has evolved, faces have come and gone, military uniforms have varied, but one thing holds fast: the bravery and the heart of the individuals who wear the uniform, and their commitment to their mission.

   
 
   

VFW to Deliver Veterans’ Voice to Congress
2017 Legislative Conference runs Feb. 26 - March 2 in Washington

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Next weekend, more than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., the nation’s largest and oldest war veterans’ organization begin rallying in Washington, D.C., to voice the concerns of veterans directly with the nation’s lawmakers during the 2017 VFW Legislative Conference, Feb. 26 – March 2.

   
 
   
 
 
   
 

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