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.

Commander's Corner

Commander Michael Cano



Veterans of Foreign Wars            Menifee VFW Post 1956   P.O. Box 321 Menifee, CA 92586

EIN: 95-3319357- 501(c) (19) Veteran Non-Profit: C2326557



June 14, 2024

Our Post has completed another banner year with successful accomplishments its VFW Programs, stellar Membership increase, and community visibility thanks to an excellent team of VFW members volunteering many hours to accomplish our Mission.
Here is a month-by-month notable accounts of our successful accomplishments:
January 2024:
Collaborated developing the 2024-2027 Strategic Plan for a regional non-profit Economic Development Coalition (EDC) in the Southwest Riverside County.
VFW Post members participate in the Unclaimed Heroes Ceremony at RNC
February 2024:
Participated in the Mayor’s Tech Idea Exchange – jobs for Veterans
VFW Programs Award Ceremony at Menifee Kay Ceniceros Senior Center
March 2024
Collaborated in the Mayor’s Charity Gala
Participated with our Post Auxiliary in delivering Spring Tea extravaganza
Coordinated with the City of Menifee – 2nd Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
April 2024:
Participated in honoring cadets of Paloma Valley High School NJROTC
Collaborated with City of Menifee Better Together Community Beautification
May 2024:
Participated with Southwest Riverside County Higher Education Coalition in developing a resolution to establish a four-year University in the region
Participated in the Mt. San Jacinto College state of the college address
Collaborated with the City of Menifee in delivering Memorial Day 2024
Elected, appointed, and installed a new slate of officers for 2024-2025 June 2024:
• Participated at Miller Jones Mortuary flag retirement
• California VFW State Convention June 19 -23
• District 3 Commander John Z. Hernandez has provided recommendation to VFW State Commander our eligibility to be named All-American 4 years in arrow. We are now ranked 15th in Division 7, Nation-wide.