Tracing the VFW Origins


Three Become One

The VFW traces its origins to veterans of Cuba and the Philippines who formed separate groups in Ohio, Colorado And Pennsylvania. They all had similar goals and were all formed at the turn of the century. Because of their common purpose they untied and formed what is now the VFW. Combining the three original sections of the VFW, these entities went through 14 names changes before naming on August 4th 1914 the “Veterans of Foreign Wars”.

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Facts About Arizona VFW Charities



  1. Started working and researching this idea for over and a half
  2. got a group of state VFW officers – presentation was made and given the go ahead to pursue
  3. Wrote Articles of incorporation – filed and approved no August 25, 2011 – file # 16996440
  4. Filed and applied for EIN # – received August 9, 2011 # 45-2946403
  5. Ran Article of incorporation in newspaper published Sept.23,28,% 30, 2011
  6. VFW Post Men’s Auxiliary donated $ 800.00 for any expenses we may occur during all filing process – no VFW department money involved
  7. Filed form 1023 with IRS to get our 501(c) approval. on December 22, 2011 received our 501 (c) 3 letter stating we were determined to be exempt under public charity section 170
  8. had open meeting nominations and directors were elected – all directors/Officers signed conflict of interest policy


  1. To help our veterans and families here in Arizona on a larger scale then a VFW Post relief fund
  2. Promoting our programs to advise and assist veterans with respect to employment, training and education
  3. Aiding with unique or special needs of a veteran and their family resulting from their time in military service- active duty and reserve military personnel and other issues relating to veterans
  4. Be able to adjust and be ready to help veterans and their families in very special unpreventable or unforeseen event occurs – fire, flood, accidents


  1. With being a 501(c)3 directors will be applying for any and all possible type grants are which eligible
  2. be able to take larger tax write off donations from corporations
  3. be able to  accept different types of donations – houses, property – personal
  4. be able to have individuals VFW Posts through the state donate or do fundraiser


  1. Requests can be made by anyone.
  2. Requests can come through post’s and or post’s service officers
  3. All requests have to be on simple grant request form and mailed.fax, emailed with any supporting evidence to Az VFW charities treasurer
  4. Form and be requested by phone 1(480 )941-5258 – copy on website  – arizona vfw charities. – copy on tri-fold handout – or from any VFW Post.
  5. Request information/supporting papers  (if time is important) will be emailed to all voting Officers/Board of Directors to look over – they have questions but when voting is completed majority carries.- the final result yes or no will relayed on to requester
  6. Money will be given to vendors when ever possible – example for help with rent – money will go to landlord or help with power bill money will be sent to power company
  7. Az VFW Charities makes their own determination – the department of Arizona VFW has nothing in the final decision.


  1. any and all donations to charities stays with charities – not VFW Department of Arizona
  2. donations can be made by mail  – (same address Thomas road)
  3. donation form on website (arizona vfw charities)
  4. A thank you letter will to sent to you to acknowledge your donations
  5. Charities personnel does not and will not put a value on your donation item
  6. Any questions – call 1 (480) 941-5258


  1. As the funds come in – donations can be made at any time when needed – there is no time requirements
  2. Charities works with and along side but the VFW Department of Arizona but both are separate entities and have the own checking accounts and officers/directors
  3. Charities doesn’t replace a local post relief fund.. Local post should always operate as normal for their relief fund rules
  4. All grant requests information is keep confidential for voting Officers/Directors only
  5. none of the officers/directors or anyone else with this organization in on salary. everyone is a volunteer so, all the moneys can go the assist our veterans