Veterans of Foreign Wars
Department of Florida
543 N.E. Sanchez Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34470
Welcome to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Florida. The VFW was founded on July 27, 1931 to assure those who have protected our country are protected in return. This comes in the form of patriotic programs, reaching out with help in communities across America, and being an advocate for veteran’s entitlements both in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars was originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for veterans, currently deployed members of our Armed Forces and their families.
The VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW Posts around the world. We are at heart an organization dedicated to providing a place for all of those who have sacrificed in our nations’s conflicts abroad. While we are a national organization, we express this dedication through our local posts and programs to support veterans service members and their families.
We extend an invitation to join, our most prestigious organization and take part in the caring for our Warriors of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Welcome to the 2014-15 term of the Florida VFW!
The Florida VFW theme for this year is …
“Team Florida Together, Veterans Supporting Veterans”
Our Organization, the VFW was formed to help Veterans by Veterans and we have been doing that for over 100 years. WHY? Because we care, we are Veterans supporting Veterans, and we want to make sure all veterans are cared for along with their families. Working as a team together we can make sure this happens by increasing our membership and promoting the VFW programs and our organization. As members we should be proud and expect it to be rewarding every time we enter our post, just knowing we are there to help veterans and their families. Working together as a TEAM will help us grow and be successful in our mission.
This is the year for change. Let’s all work together and bring Florida back to being the number one Department in the Nation. Since we have had a dues increase, membership will be more challenging and now that the subscription dues process has been implemented, membership renewal procedures will be more challenging at first. But let’s never forget that Membership is paramount to our organization’s survival. We must stay on top of it. We must work and promote our Programs in the community, such as the Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen, Teacher of the Year, Firefighters, EMT and Law Enforcement, Hospital programs and working with Veterans in ensuring their claims are processed through our Service Office and submitted on a timely manner. These are all the things we must do to be a great organization.
We need to work together at the Post and District level. This includes our Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries. They are part of this Organization and play a big part in our success, so lets’ work with them when making changes. Let’s have harmony in our Posts and Districts. Lets’ make sure our membership increases and our programs are done and submitted on time, keeping our ears and eyes open to help any veteran that might have a need. We are one of the biggest Departments in National and we will continue to be if we work together as a “Team.”.
If any Post or District has a problem you should try and work it out at your level, but if you can’t settle it, then use your Chain Of Command. We are here to help you and I have a team ready to do that. Remember we need to work together as a Team not as individuals. My door is always open to our members if you have a problem or need, but I ask you to use your Chain of Command first. Remember we can accomplish more as a team than as individuals.
I ask each and every member of the Department of Florida VFW to accept and embrace the goal of working together in harmony and having FUN as we strive to make our VFW the Best It Can Be as, “TEAM FLORIDA TOGETHER- VETERANS SUPPORTING VETERANS” No One Does More For Veterans. Let’s have a lot of Fun and get the Job Done!
T. Wayne Markham,
State Commander 2014 – 2015