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Watch on the Rhine VFW Post 27 is one of the oldest and largest posts in the  Department of Europe and the United States. Instituted on July 2, 1977, in Wiesbaden, Germany, it was first organized in the Philippines and  included General John J. Pershing among its membership.

The original post was disbanded in the early 1970's and was reassigned to Germany when Watch on the Rhine was formed.

The VFW was rated by Fortune magazine as one of the top 25 lobbying  organizations in the nation and the best voice for veteran benefits on  Capitol Hill.

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 has 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 more than 1.7 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.

 © Copyright VFW Post 27   February 9, 2020