ABOUT US

VFW Post 8720 members come from all over the Northshore. Abita Springs, Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Bogalusa, and even as far as Franklinton.
 
We meet once a month, on the 1st Thursday of the month, at 6:00pm, at the Homer Williams Post at 21470 Mire Drive in Abita Springs. If the 1st Thursday is a national holiday, we will most likely meet on the 2nd Thursday of that month. One night a month, we honor our flag, our country and our Constitution.  Friendly camaraderie with fellow veterans while enjoying a free dinner, is a big reason for belonging to our Post. We have a good group with lots of friendly banter.
 
For more information or to join us, click on "Contact Us" or call our Post Commander Paul Hamburger @ (504) 430-4558 or Quartermaster Michael Peats @ (985) 502-8802.

 
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 the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, 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.
 
 

Announcements

OUR NEXT POST MEETING WILL BE HELD Thursday July 1, 2021. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!