VFW Post 3348 draws it's members from Shoreline, North Seattle, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore et al. We meet once a month on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, every month, in the evening, at the Acacia Memorial Park in Shoreline. One night out a month, honoring our flag and Constitution, along with friendly comradery with fellow veterans, while enjoying a free dinner, including hot soup , is a big reason for belonging to VFW Post 3348. We have a good group with lots of friendly banter.
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 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 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.
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
With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in
nearly 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans’ service organization is
proud to proclaim "NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is
dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and
community service programs.
For more information or to join us, click on "Contact Us" or call our Membership Committee Chair Art Stoutenberg @ (206) 524-6544, Quartermaster Thom Fermstad @ (425) 766-5987 or Post Commander Carl "Chris" Christophersen @ (206) 362-1657.
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