VFW Post 10804 was chartered on September 5, 1989, with 36 members, and was located in Little River, SC. During its inception, post meetings were held at various locations, including the North Myrtle Beach Library and the Golden Griddle Restaurant. After several years, the post was able to rent property in a strip mall on Sea Mountain Highway, across from North Myrtle High School in Nixon's Crossroads. The post remained at that location for several years until a new property was purchased and the current building was erected in 1999. VFW Post 10804 currently has over 500 members, including veterans of every major US conflict since World War II. VFW Post 10804 is active in our community in many ways, and we wholeheartedly support our troops currently serving overseas. We look forward to welcoming any brothers and sisters returning from current conflicts.
Post meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 11:00 AM. To join VFW Post 10804, pick up an application at the post, or contact our Post Commander, or our national recruiter and Post 10804 member, Paul Slater.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars 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 100,000.
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.
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.
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"That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."
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