The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11517 and Auxiliary of Waukee, Iowa are seeking eligible individuals to join a unique Veterans Service Organization. The VFW was formed from two early Veterans Groups, the Veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898), and the Filipino Rebellion (1902). These two groups came together to form the Veterans of Foreign Service, later to become the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United State charter by the United State Congress in 1914. Since that time the VFW and its Auxiliary has made every effort to secure the rights and benefits due to returning Veterans.

The VFW and Auxiliary offers numerous programs for Veterans and their families and the community at large. Patriotic information for schools and youth organizations is available. Veterans have been invited to speak at history classes about their experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in the Youth Essay, Patriotic Art, Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy where they may win financial assistance in the form of scholarships. The VFW and Auxiliary is also very involved in legislative matters concerning Veterans and their families. In January of each year members of the VFW and Auxiliary meet with the State Legislators in Des Moines, Iowa to speak on matters of interest. In March of each year members of the VFW from all the States go to Washington, D.C. to meet with the joint House and Senate Veterans committees to discuss items of interest to Veterans.

The VFW and Auxiliary also provides funding for the VFW National Home in Easton Rapids, Mich. Veterans and their families may live there and are assisted in housing, educations and employment opportunities. Children of deployed Veterans are able to stay in a family environment and to attend school while the Veteran parent is away.

The VFW and Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization composed of eligible Active Duty and retired Veterans, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve. Eligibility for membership in the VFW is determined by assignments and receiving a campaign or combat award. Eligibility for membership in the Auxiliary is determined by the relationship to an eligible Veteran which may be husband or wife, widow or widower, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter.

Questions you may have concerning the VFW and Auxiliary can be directed to Beverly A. White, Auxiliary President, 515-369-9096.

The VFW Post meets the fourth Thursday of each at 7 p.m. at the Vet’s Hall, 410 S. 6th Street, Waukee. The VFW Auxiliary meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. also at the Vet’s hall.