VFW Post 3348 members come from North King County (sans Ballard, Fremont & Magnolia) e.g. Shoreline, North Seattle, Edmonds, Montlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Green Lake, UW, Wallingford, etc.
We meet once a month, on the 1st Wednesday of the month, in 7:00pm, at the Acacia Memorial Park 14951 Bothell Way NE in Shoreline. We serve dinner 30 minutes before that. One night a month, honoring our flag, honoring our country and honoring our Constitution, along with friendly comradery with fellow veterans, is a big reason our memers have jioned VFW Post 3348. We have a good group of veterans with lots of friendly banter.
For more information or to join us, click on "Contact" or call our Membership Committee Chair Jim Peterson @ (206) 522-0508 or Quartermaster Thom Fermstad @ (425) 766-5987.
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.
Some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 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 and now is over 1 million.
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 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 memorials for the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service, 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 million-plus 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.
ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With a million-plus VFW and Auxiliary members located in thousands of Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans’ service organization is proud to proclaim that "NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than VFW. We are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.
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Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.