VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS AUXILIARY
Springfield Post 7327 Auxiliary
What is the VFW Auxiliary?
The Auxiliary of the VFW was established in 1914 to serve the Veterans of this Nation and our communities in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform. We live by the motto, “Honor the dead by helping the living.” The Post 7327 Auxiliary was established in 1959. As of June 2012 our Auxiliary has 151 members, with 65% as life members. Members of the Auxiliary are committed to serving Veterans and their families, promoting pride in America, teaching young people the cost of freedom, and serving the community. Becoming part of the organization’s 600,000 members gives you an opportunity to take on leadership roles, be recognized for your volunteer work and travel the country to the many state and national functions held annually.
Membership update on August 21st 2015 The Veterans of Foreign Wars made it official The Ladies Auxiliary will now be known as the Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This historic changed reflects the ever growing population of female veterans who are now serving within combat zones through out the world. In the past the spouses of female veterans were unable to join the Auxiliary is is no longer true. The family members of veterans both female and now male may join as long as their sponsors meet the requirement of membership. Also must be citizens of the United States or a United States National, and at least 16 years old.
Those eligible are:
Our VFW Post 7327 Comrades, along with the Auxiliary, have received numerous awards for performance and community service in Virginia. We donate thousands of dollars to causes such as the VFW National Home for Children, Cancer Aid and Research, and the VFW Military Assistance Program. The Auxiliary also supports and donates to the Post Military Family Adoption Programs, shipment of overseas troop care packages, Veteran’s hospital visits, youth award programs and participation in events such as: 4th of July parades, Memorial and Veteran’s Day ceremonies. The Auxiliary of Post 7327 annually sort and distribute over 100,000 donated items of clothing to needy families, churches, schools, shelters and other worthy organizations.
Ladies Auxiliary Programs Include?
Americanism – Celebrating our heritage of freedom with the Statue of Liberty Birthday celebration, working toward a resolution of all POW/MIA military members, promoting pride in America, and ensuring the public never forgets the sacrifices of America’s military who protect and ensure our freedoms.
Cancer Aid and Research – Providing grants to members with cancer, helping in the educational effort to make the public aware of the importance of early detection and supporting research for finding treatments and a cure. Nationally the Ladies Auxiliary raises over $3 million annually for Cancer Aid and Research!
Hospital and Veteran’s Affairs Services – Volunteering in VA Medical Centers and outpatient facilities, and visiting local hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
Legislative – Keeping members informed on legislation, both State and National, affecting Veterans and their families. Keeping our elected representatives aware of our positions supporting Veteran causes.
Veteran and Family Support – Assisting Veterans as they return from active duty or the hospital while they acclimate and return to civilian life. Helping Veterans and their families with transportation, childcare, and other needed services.
Youth Activities – Providing opportunities for youth and educating them about our American heritage. Working with and sponsoring Scouts, Church Groups and Sports Teams.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
- Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
- Junior Girls Scholarship
- Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest
- Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest
- Continuing Education Scholarship
How you can help?
When you become a member, part of your yearly dues go directly toward funding our programs. Your membership helps support our organization. When the VFW goes to Capitol Hill to fight for the benefits our veterans and the military have earned, our combined numbers mean a lot to legislators. You can also volunteer your time to assist with ongoing programs – serving Veterans Administration hospitals, distributing Buddy Poppies on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, visiting schools and supporting activities in the communities where we live. Comrades and the Ladies Auxiliary log thousands of hours and tens of thousands volunteer miles to accomplish our mission. And, with each individual membership, we grow stronger. Won’t you help pay tribute to our Nation’s defenders?
Are You Eligible?
You can join the Auxiliary if you are wives, widows, mothers, foster and stepmothers grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, foster and stepdaughters (who attained that status prior to age sixteen), sisters, half-sisters, foster and stepsisters (who attained that status prior to age sixteen) of those who served in the U.S. armed forces in combat or expeditionary missions and who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Eligible service includes*:
- Overseas Campaign Medal
- Expeditionary Service Medal
- Combat Infantry, Action or Medical Badge
- SSBN Deterrent Patrol Pin
- Hostile fire/ imminent danger pay
- 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea
* Visit http://www.vfw.org/Join/Eligibility/for a complete list of eligible campaign medals, ribbons, and qualifications
About Springfield VFW Post 7327 Ladies Auxiliary
Post 7327 and its Ladies Auxiliary haven active ADOPT-A-UNIT program for military units in the National Capitol region. We work with deploying units to provide going away ceremony support, family follow up during deployment, care packages, and more.
We visit the VA Hospital in Washington, D.C. where we provide entertainment and play Bingo with those who can join us in the day room and we always ensure that everyone leaves “a winner.”
Each Thanksgiving and Christmas we adopt military families in need though the USO and provide meal baskets for each holiday, Christmas gifts for all the children, commissary cards for the parents, and a Christmas party where the children can meet Santa and receive a gift filled stocking. The parents receive other gifts to be put under their tree for Christmas morning.
The Ladies Auxiliary is a strong supporter of the various community activities. We participate in area Food Drives to replenish food bank shelves, and we collect gently used books for distribution to promote literacy and develop reading skills in children. We participate in Fairfax County’s Concerts in the Park program by providing cookies to the attendees during two/three concerts each summer. We collect and ship donations for care packages to be sent to troops deployed overseas; participate in citizenship, flag and history education programs at local schools; provide support and assistance for programs designed for our Veterans and their families such as Snowball Express, Honor Flight, Wounded Warriors, and more!
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