at 20 W 12th St, Saint Paul, 55155 United States
No American Veteran should be homeless, because no American should be homeless. The VFW Department of Minnesota focuses on Veterans - as we should. #YMMV.
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 1.9 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. The VFW is there - no one does more for Veterans
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The Homeless Veterans Breakout Session at the VFW Fall Conference was well attended with 50 chairs full and people standing. Ending Veterans Homelessness is receiving substantial attention from the federal level to the state level to the local level. Your VFW has been at the forefront of this effort, and we are being asked more - because our motto is "No one does more for Veterans. In particular, the leadership of local Posts in Olmsted and Meeker Counties were discussed as models for other Posts in the Department to follow. Leadership at our Posts and Districts, including Auxiliaries, are encouraged to reach out to County Veteran Service Officers and ask what help is needed - including financial, through the Relief Funds, if necessary - to help house homeless veterans and to help precariously housed veterans stay housed. Questions and suggestions appreciated.