of Foreign Wars accepting donations to help veterans in need
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SPRINGFIELD -- As we enter
the holiday season, many veterans throughout Illinois are facing financial
difficulties -- unsure of how they will pay their rent, mortgage, utility
bills or even purchase groceries.
As the Veterans of Foreign Wars
tag line suggests -- "No One Does More for Veterans."
More than 113 years ago, the Veterans
of Foreign Wars of the United States was founded for two purposes --
to promote legislation directly affecting veterans and to assist
veterans, our military and their families.
As war continues in Afghanistan,
multiple deployments affect the lives of those serving in our armed
forces. Many of our nation's newest combat veterans return home to
face eviction notices from landlords, mortgage foreclosures and
shut-off notices from utility companies.
In addition, many of our older
veterans face the necessity of choosing between the need to purchase
medicine or groceries.
When called upon, the VFW turns to
donations from the public to help veterans facing a financial
crisis. Through the generosity of local donations, organizations can
assist our needy veterans with their rent, mortgages, utility bills
That's where you -- John and Jane
Q. Public -- can help.
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VFW posts have funds established to
which monetary donations can be earmarked to assist veterans in
need. Those funds are collected through poppy drives, various
fundraisers, and generous individuals and businesses making monetary
donations. In addition, many posts conduct food drives throughout
the holidays to help provide holiday meals for veterans in their
communities needing assistance.
During this holiday season while
you are enjoying time with your family, consider making a donation
to your local VFW post to help those veterans less fortunate in your
For information on making
donations, contact the VFW post in your community.