Veterans of foreign wars formally established a national organization on September 29, 1899 following the Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection. Those founding members guided us to today’s mission and vision which our local Post still adheres.
Our Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Our Vision: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
So, Who Are We?
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.
We trace our 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 that would eventually band together and 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. Today, membership stands at nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, we 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. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans. Our honored WWII and Korean War veterans volunteered many hours remodeling 121 Main St. and hand built the canteen bar still in use today. Their craftmanship and spirit is with us always.
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which is planned for construction at our nation’s capital.
We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide. No One Does More for Veterans.
Our Core Values
- Always put the interests of our members first
- Treat donors as partners in our cause
- Promote patriotism
- Honor military service
- Ensure the care of veterans and their families
- Serve our communities
- Promote a positive image of the VFW
- Respect the diversity of veteran opinions
Our Local History
The VFW Post 1089 of Wadsworth, Ohio only exists because of the efforts of the honored Veterans of Foreign Wars who preceded us. VFW Post 1089 of Wadsworth, Ohio was officially formed December 18, 1933. In its early days, the Post was located 456 College St., more recently known as Kolony Bowl or Ghost Alleys. In 1985, the Post downsized and moved to 185 Main St., a small dwelling adjacent to the Central Intermediate School. In October 1990, the property at 121 Main St. became available and it was purchased by Post 1089.
We became neighbors to American Legion Post 170 located two doors down. The Wadsworth community spirit fostered a close working relationship with our fellow Legion veterans whom also served their county honorably. In fact, that relationship has led to a decades long combined Wadsworth Honor Guard team that currently performs 80-100 funeral honor services annually. We alternate every other year with the Legion the responsibility and preparation for the annual Memorial Day service and Veteran Day program. We actively support many other Wadsworth Community programs as well.
Today VFW Post consists of a canteen, a small kitchen, office/meeting room that has served our needs as we continue to grow. Opportunities abound with an expansive 2nd floor space that we are slowly renovating. Our future is promising. We would love you to be part of it.
U.S. Flag Drop Box
Emily Canning-Dean from the Wadsworth Post wrote about a service that we are proud to offer here in Wadsworth: “Wadsworth High School sophomore Brian C. Auffenberg of Boy Scout Troop 406 recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. To earn this ranking, he was required to complete a project that would benefit the community.
“For his project, Auffenberg chose to provide a disposal box for American Flags in Wadsworth after learning that many U.S. flags were being improperly disposed of in the trash. Augenberg said he believed this was happening because the city did not have a convenient place to drop off their old flags for proper disposal.”
“After advice from area businesses, Auffenberg chose a self-standing box similar to a postal mailbox. The project was completed Oct. 20 and the box is now located next to the Transfer Station at 165 Auble Street.”
“Auffenberg said that VFW Post 1089, American Legion Post 170 and Tim Weldany provided cash donations to assist with the project. Eyedeal Graphics donated flag and letter decals for the box, Roth’s Auto Service painted the box and AK Construction constructed the concrete base. Blizzard Trophies provided plaques.”
“Auffenberg said he was honored to have the opportunity to build this disposal box to benefit not only his community, but also his country. He believes the project is important for Wadsworth and helps to show respect for the American Flag” (“Eagle Scout project shows respect to Old Glory,” Wadsworth Post, November 24, 2012).