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. 

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Link to a VFW Style Guide

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.


Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Wyoming Calendar Fundraiser
May 2023 Winners!

Stub # Name City State Amount

1154 Joe Jepson Ft Laramie WY $30

3675 Janet Lillian Laramie WY $30

3687 Eric Gerhart Cheyenne WY $30

3645 Karen Westphal Buffalo WY $30


0909 Elaine Stahl Loveland CO $30

1425 VFW Dist. #1 Aux Cody WY $30

3675 Janet Lillian Laramie WY $30

3647 David Moate Buffalo WY $30

3996 Nikki Koile Sheridan WY $30

0255 Paula Plucinski Denver CO $30

3219 VFW POST 7756 GILLETTE WY $30

0886 David Waylander Casper WY $30

4948 Aaron Taylor Smoot WY $250

500 VFW Post 9439 Casper WY $30

0771 Larry Stroh Casper WY $30

2975 Joe Tallon Rock Springs WY $30

0965 Kevin & Natasha Peck Riverton WY $30

0398 Beth Jolley Powell WY $30

3567 Vince A Burgess Buffalo WY $30

3554 Joe Michel Buffalo WY $30

1202 Jerry & Lana Kramer Guernsey WY $30

1113 Julie Safford Guernsey WY $30

1221 Chloe Mendez Brookfield NM $30

0777 Terry Schuler Casper WY $30

4071 Melanie & Dean McIalwain Spokane WA $30

3994 Brice Day Mills WY $30

0994 Terry Hays Riverton WY $30

0552 Arvella Bush Bar Nunn WY $250

4072 Desirae Custeau Lander WY $30

0997 Karen Hinkle Riverton WY $30




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                   Veteran Service Office
Veterans who need assistance with VA Benefits, please contact our Service Officers:

Tomas Pacheco

Department Service Officer

VA Medical Regional Office Center
2360 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82001
 Phone: (307) 778-7340
Mobile: (307) 421-8054  
Fax: (307) 778-7549
Email: tomas.pacheco@va.gov

Jonathan Nicodemus
Asst. Department Service Officer
         VA Medical Regional Office Center
         2360 East Pershing Boulevard
         Cheyenne, WY 82001
         Phone: (307) 778-7340
         Mobile: (307) 421-8054  
         Fax: (307) 778-7549
        Email: jonathan.nicodemus@va.gov