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ABOUT US

 
 
     
     
I may not always believe in and trust our government, but I will ALWAYS believe and trust the American Soldier.  You have taken a sacred oath to protect the many FREEDOMS that so many of us take for granted.  Please understand that I am grateful for your sacrifice(s) and your service on my behalf.  It is an honor to call you "My Countrymen".
     
 
   
 

ABOUT US

 
 
 
    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.
 
 
 


 

 

Our Mission

     
  "That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."
 
 
 
 

DEPARTMENT OFFICERS

 
 
 
 
 
Robert Priest
Post: 1265
Army
cm@vfwct.org
Commander

                       I would like to thank all of the members of the Department of Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars for electing me as their Department Commander. Over the many years and many positions that I have been elected or appointed to, this is the greatest honor I have had bestowed upon me. I will serve as the Department Commander with dignity and pride.

                 The Veterans of Foreign Wars has to remain focused on our core mission and my theme for this year of "Helping all Veterans and Families Past, Present and Future” magnifies my intent and commitment to that mission.

                   We must keep the lines of communications open, from our Post thru to our National level if we are to succeed in the work we do for our Valued Veterans and their Families.

                  The work we do in our Communities through our Safety, Youth, Americanism and Communities Activity Programs, are additions born over the years to what we provide by visiting, entertaining and making a brighter day for those Veterans in hospitals and nursing homes all over our great state . Nothing is more rewarding than that.

                  So I look forward with great anticipation to my year as the State Commander of the Department of Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars and if anyone has any questions regarding our organization or is interested in joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars or our Auxiliary, please contact us. Thank You

May God continue to keep those guarding the gates of our freedom safe.

Robert Priest, Commander

Department of Connecticut

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 

   
   
 
Jim Delancy
Post: 1672
Air Force
svc@vfwct.org
Senior Vice Commander
   
   
 
David Greene
Post: 10004
Junior Vice Commander
   
   
 
Ronald (Rusko) Rusakiewicz
Post: 9460
Army
Qm@vfwct.org
Adjutant/Quartermaster
   
   
 
Elmer Preston
Post: 10088
Chaplain
   
   
 
David Greene
Post: 10004
Judge Advocate
   
   
 
Louis Carillo
Post: 5095
Surgeon
   
   
 
Alfred (Rusty) Meek
Post: 9929
Navy
Chief-Of-Staff

   
   
 
Richard Kennsdy
Post: 9460
Inspector
   
   
 
Robert J. Tozzoli
Post: 9929
Army
robert.tozzoli@va.gov
State Service Officer
   
   
 
Robert Bailey
Post: 10153
Navy
Past State Commander
   
   
 
Michael Montecalo
Post: 6933
State Color Guard Captain
   
   
 
John Schmidt
Post: 9929
Navy
Past Commander

"Dedicated to support all Veterans"

As we move into the 2016-2017 year, I want you to know what a great honor it is for me to serve as your Department Commander, and to serve all veterans and their families of our great state. our number on priority in the VFW and our Auxiliaries, is insure that all the benefits they have earned, and will earn for their service is not diminished or taken away.

Throughout the years it has become more incumbent upon us, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, to make sure that our congressmen and senators understand that they have an obligation to the brave men and women that served this great country, to provide the VA with proper funding needed to allow each and every one of them to receive the competent, compassionate medical health care that they were promised, and richly deserve.

Looking ahead, we will have even more to do in the future as the war on terrorism continues and additional troops are deployed.

I will continue, with your help, the great work that has been done in the past and continue to provide the best service possible to all of our veterans.

John C. Schmidt Commander
Department of Connecticut
Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States

"NO ONE DOSE MORE FOR VETERANS"


   
   
 
 
 

DISTRICT OFFICERS

 
 
 
 
 
Archie Elam
Post: 9617
Army
First District Commander
   
   
 
Stanley Borusiewicz
Post: 1946
Second District Commander
   
   
 
Lee Wilson
Post: 3272
Army
Third District Commander
   
   
 
Charles Watkins
Post: 9452
Fourth District Commander
   
   
 
Jeffery Salzer
Post: 5157
Fifth District Commander
   
   
 
Harold Edman
Post: 10690
Sixth District Commander
   
   
 
 
 
     
   
 
         
     
 
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