Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #4451
Mena Arkansas

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Ed Cross
 307 N 2nd, Mena, AR 71953
Meeting Day 3rd Tuesday
Meeting Time 6:00 pm
Meeting Place Veterans Park, Acorn
Community Projects
About the VFW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.2 million members in approximately 8,100 Posts worldwide.

Its mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.

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 servicemembers, 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 is being constructed in Washington, D.C., and is expected to open in 2010.

In 2001, VFW unveiled its tribute to service and country with its dedication of Centennial Plaza.

Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there--honoring the dead by helping the living.
Post Address Phone Distance
Post 4451 Frank C. Bainum Post 307 N 2nd St
Mena, AR 71953
United States
(479) 394-2939 0 miles
Post 1345 Ouachita Mountains Post PO Box 1298
Waldron, AR 72958
United States
  21.29 miles
Post 10484 Musgrave-Hankins Post PO Box 166
Wickes, AR 71973
United States
  21.79 miles
Post 8403 Heavener Post PO Box 163
Heavener, OK 74937
United States
  29.41 miles
Post 8245 Scott-Sebastian Post PO Box 181
Huntington, AR 72940
United States
(479) 928-4576 32.81 miles
Post 4521 Porter-Devasier Post
De Queen, AR 71832
United States
(870) 584-3246 39.68 miles
Post 5248 Jones Blagg Post PO Box 283
1268 Chismville Rd
Booneville, AR 72927
United States
(479) 675-2761 40.23 miles
Post 6527 Harris-Hannah Post PO Box 23800
Greenwood, AR 72936
United States
(479) 452-9379 42.29 miles
Post 9778 Montgomery County Memorial Post PO Box 123
Glenwood, AR 71943
United States
  42.74 miles


Source of data:  Polk County Fact Book 2005 and Personal Interviews
07/16/15 07:39 PM

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