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.


 April 13 from 9am till noon

The Community Character Coalition, our local VFW Post 9284, and the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans are sponsoring a collection/donation drive for desperately needed items for homeless veterans.

The collection will be at our local VFW Post at 400 East Devon on April 13 from 9am till noon.
The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (MSHV) has temporary homes and a commissary in Wheaton for men, women, and families.

Their mission is to empower at-risk veterans, and their families, to become self-sufficient, productive members of their community.

Counseling and job placement services are also available to homeless veterans. Only new items will be accepted. No gift cards will be accepted.
Their website has a list of immediate needs: helpaveteran.org

December 16, 2023 Wreaths Across America, Elk Grove Village
Wreaths were placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution and Elk Grove VFW POST # 9284 to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes. 

Special Thanks to Jane Gregga, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Wreaths Across America EGV Coordinator for supporting Elk Grove Cemetery and Wreaths Across America!



VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. Students earn college scholarship money by entering the 
2023-2024 VFW Voice of Democracy or  Patriot's Pen essay contest.
 VFW POST 9284
Awards Ceremony 
Novemebr 27, 2023 
Summer Picnic 
Elk Grove VFW POST 9284 celebrated a wonderful afternoon with family and friends'
Thanks to all that came out to support our POST!