VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES
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New VFW Auxiliary Now Welcomes Men
Historic change reflects today’s military and veteran families
August 21, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Today, John A. Biedrzycki Jr., national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) added his official signature to the new congressional charter of its Auxiliary organization in a historical event solidifying the VFW’s commitment to membership equality for all military families.
The former Ladies Auxiliary VFW, founded in 1914, is the VFW’s highly regarded support organization and is considered its “Partner in Service.” Under its former name Ladies Auxiliary VFW, membership within the organization was offered exclusively to female spouses and family members of any member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The gender-specific eligibility requirement remained for more than 100 years until July 20, 2015, when delegates to the VFW’s 116th National Convention in Pittsburgh voted to amend the dated by-law to extend the same membership opportunity to eligible males.
Appropriately, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW has changed its official name to the VFW Auxiliary.
“It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Auxiliary,” said National President Francisca Guilford. “Women comprise nearly twenty percent of our nation’s military, and this change allows all spouses, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons and brothers to serve others in honor of their veteran.”
Currently, the Auxiliary has more than 465,000 members, a number that is now expected to sharply increase over the next year. Its members represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, several foreign locations including Germany, Guam and Panama, and have made an impact in local communities around the globe.
Last year alone, its members worked to provide $4.6 million dollars in monetary aid to veterans, active duty military and their families, and volunteered nearly 800,000 hours in VA Medical Centers, hospitals, nursing and veterans’ homes. Auxiliary members also contributed greatly to cancer research, youth activities, civic patriotism and much more.
For more information about the VFW Auxiliary, please visit www.vfwauxiliary.org.
Or Contact VFW Post 2290 at (908) 229-0766 to join our Auxiliary
TO JOIN THE AUXILIARY OF VFW POST 2290 you will need to show your eligibility for membership, which is being a Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, Grandson or Granddaughter, Husband, Wife, Brother or Sister of a Combat Veteran (which also would mean they were. That veteran does not have to be or have been a member of VFW Post 2290, but they must have been a Combat Veteran. We will be very happy to try to help you determine if you are eligible or to find the proof you need to prove that eligibility. Please click the button below to see the application, and print it. Then call the Post at (908) 725-2290 to discuss the next steps you need to take.
OFFICERS OF THE AUXILIARY
OF POST 2290 FOR 2015-2016
|Senior Vice President||Cynthia Dilks|
|Junior Vice President||Catherine Glen-Henkel|
|3 Year Trustee||Claire Gorbatuk|
|2 Year Trustee||Carmela Umbriac|
|1 Year Trustee||Rosearie Aldridge|
|Patriotic Instructor||Catherine Glen-Henkel|
Meetings are 2nd Monday of each month
at 7PM in the Annex Room
at 600 Washington Avenue
|October 12, 2015 √||April 11, 2016|
|November 9, 2015 √||May 9, 2016|
|December 14, 2015 √||June 13, 2016|
|January 11, 2016 √||July 11, 2016|
|February 8, 2016 √||August 8, 2016|
|March 14, 2016||September 12, 2016|