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No One Does More For Veterans
As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.  Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.
Celebrating the Legacy
History of The Veterans of Foreign Wars

Commander's Corner

Commander Richard DePontee

Comrade Brothers and Sisters of the Department of Missouri VFW,

I write this, not just as a fellow Veteran, but as someone who believes in the power of unity and camaraderie that this organization embodies. We all know the profound impact the VFW has had on our lives and our communities. But today, I’m here to talk about our future—not just the immediate future, but the legacy we are building for generations to come.

We need to grow our ranks. We need new energy, new perspectives, and more hands to help us continue our mission of serving Veterans, their families, and our communities. And the best recruiters for this task are not outside consultants or advertisements…it’s US. Each one of us has the power to bring in at least one new member. Imagine the impact we could make if every one of us commits to this simple goal.

And here’s something you may not be aware of: transfers prior to August 31st count towards this recruitment drive. This is more than just a numbers game; it’s about strengthening our family.

Additionally, to assist our Auxiliary, the VFW member who recruits, or is directly responsible for recruiting, the most Auxiliary Members by April 30, 2025 will be honored with a handmade and unique plaque. This is more than just an award—it’s a symbol of commitment and leadership. Who among us will rise to the challenge?

Remember, every new member brings a unique story, a unique set of skills, and a new opportunity to make a difference. Let’s harness this potential. Let’s grow stronger, together. Our mission is too important, and our values are too vital, to not do everything in our power and use every strength and opportunities that we have at our disposal.

Recently, I attended a fair. Both the American Legion and the DAV had booths there and I thanked them for their service to our Veterans. Sadly, there was no VFW presence. This was a missed opportunity. If there is a fair, a marathon, a food drive or any other event that involves crowds of people, there is guaranteed to be Veterans there; many of which would gravitate toward a Veteran run booth.

So, let’s go out there and make it happen. Let’s each commit to recruiting one new member. Because when we grow, we don’t just add numbers; we amplify our voice, expand our reach, and deepen our impact.

Let’s make this count! Let’s keep our legacy alive and vibrant.

Operation Bottom Cover

Operation Bottom Cover

2024 National Home Bus Trip

2024 Annual National Home Department of Missouri VFW & Auxiliary Trip.  For trip agenda please Click Here.

National Home Brochure

Missouri sponsors two cottages at the National Home.  We have an annual trip scheduled in October and sponsor the Halloween Party for the children.

Help the National Home

The National Home has published it's 2023-24 Fund Raising Program.  Please give what you can.  Missouri currently sponsors 2 cottages at the Home.

VOD/PP Donation Incentives

 

This is for the 2024 State Convention Ad Book

The Boot with Randy Tolliver

As District 8 representative I was interviewed by Derin Phelps of Dockins Broadcast Group, Farmington, Missouri as a local news story broadcast on KYLS-FM, Farmington MO. The subject was The Declaration of Independence.

Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy

If you know a Disabled Veteran who is interested in becoming a youth or High School Softball/Baseball umpire, or one that already is and would like to get better, please share this with them:
Registration for the 2024 Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy (WWUA) will open on February 1st, 2024, and the clinic will be held in Carlisle, PA June 7-17.  There is no cost to the Veteran and all equipment needed to become a successful umpire will be provided for free.  WWUA is a 10-day umpire training clinic taught by top MLB and NCAA umpires with years of experience at a high level.  Also, MSHSAA waives registration fees for Veterans their first year under the "Trade your stripes” program:  https://www.mshsaa.org/cmspages/Become-an-Official.aspx

Department Gallery

Photographs of Department functions

Department Chaplain's Zoom Meeting

Chaplain's Zoom Training will resume in September 2024 on the third Thursday of the month and run through May 2025.  To get the Zoom address for the class and other Chaplain updates, please email peterhook@verizon.net and ask to be put on the Chaplain's Newsletter email list.  This email, which is sent out monthly prior to the training, will contain the current Zoom address to sign in to the class.  You can also email Missouri State Chaplain Debb Halter at chaplain@movfw.org to be put on the list.

Announcements

Current Department Planning Calendar

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DEPARTMENT FOOD PANTRY

 The Department hosts the Mid-Mo Military Family Pantry at our Department Headquarters, 3401 Knipp Drive, Jefferson City, MO.  The Pantry is open on Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  However, if a veteran or his family is in immediate need, they can call the Department office at 573-636-8761 for assistance.  We will do accept cold food donations.  


IN-COUNTRY

A satirical reflection by Author/Artist Phil Fehrenbacher

Phil enlisted in the Army in 1965 where you served for years in Vietnam.  He became a graphic designer and has worked for the state of Oregon for 26 years.  He retired in 2003 and started the Cartoon "In-Country".  The cartoons reflect his experiences during his tour of duty in South Vietnam.


There is a new cartoon everyday.

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As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

Assistance & Benefits

Assistance & Benefits

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated

 to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families and continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families.

Statewide News

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De Soto Veteran Honored by VFW for #StillServing

De Soto veteran Quincy Myrick is being honored for dedication to country and community in the VFW national #StillServing campaign. (Photo credit: Quincy Myrick)

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW National Commander Denounces Political Violence

WASHINGTON - "The democracy that we hold dear, the very democracy generations of American veterans have fought for and died to pro...

VFW Celebrates the 248th Birthday of America

WASHINGTON - On July 4, 248 years ago, the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, but it ...

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OUR MISSION

"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 surviving spouses 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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Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.

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