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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".


    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."


Robert Priest
Post: 1265

                       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
Senior Vice Commander
David Greene
Post: 10004
Junior Vice Commander
Ronald (Rusko) Rusakiewicz
Post: 9460
Elmer Preston
Post: 10088
David Greene
Post: 10004
Judge Advocate
Louis Carillo
Post: 5095
Alfred (Rusty) Meek
Post: 9929

Richard Kennsdy
Post: 9460
Robert J. Tozzoli
Post: 9929
State Service Officer
Robert Bailey
Post: 10153
Past State Commander
Michael Montecalo
Post: 6933
State Color Guard Captain
John Schmidt
Post: 9929
Past Commander



Richard Kennedy
First District Commander
Stanley Borusiewicz
Post: 1946
Second District Commander
Lee Wilson
Post: 3272
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Gary Blackstone
Fourth District Commander
Jeffery Salzer
Post: 5157
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Roger Anderson
Sixth District Commander
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