The Future Of VFW Halls, American Legion Posts
Since 1899, Veterans of Foreign Wars has been one of the largest veterans groups in the U.S.
The First and Second World Wars boosted the ranks of the VFW, and by the early 1990’s, membership peaked at well over 2 million with more than 10,000 local chapters — known as posts — across the country.
But despite decades facing up to challenges on behalf of veterans and their communities, VFW posts are facing a different kind of challenge — dwindling membership. As we approach Veterans Day, we look at what’s happening to the VFW in Illinois, and some of the other organizations younger vets are turning to for support and camaraderie.