The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. was found in 1899 to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members, to assist worthy comrades, to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead and to assist their widows and orphans. This was the purpose for which our organization was founded then and is still Priority #1 today.

VFW National Veterans & Military Support (NVMS) promotes positive awareness of the VFW through community involvement, communication tools, and financial support to qualified military service members. With the variety of support offered, three separate programs were developed under the VFW National Veterans & Military Support department. These programs are the Operation Uplink™, Military Assistance Program and Unmet Needs.


National Veterans & Military Support

Through Veterans & Military Support, we offer support and assistance to the military community in so many ways. Whether it's helping service members weather long deployments or cope with rough financial times, we're the program that puts the military first. NVMS provides assistance and guidance to VFW Posts and Ladies Auxiliaries in their efforts to support our military and their families. Provide free phone time and emergency financial assistance to farewell and welcome home ceremonies, the NVMS department is there showing support for our troop’s day in and day out. We've been there. We understand. And "We're here to Help." The programs of the VFW National Veterans & Military Support are funded solely by the generosity of our donors.


VFW Military Assistance Program

The VFW Military Assistance Program is working to give service members and their families the help they need before, during and after deployment. The program is conducted through local VFW channels to assist in sponsoring numerous morale-boosting send-offs and homecomings. The events—which often include free entertainment, food and other festivities—are held at military bases across the nation, as well as local VFW Posts. For more information, please e-mail Help is also available through the VFW, Department of Ohio Military Assistance Program and/or Veterans of Foreign Wars of Ohio Charities. Request should be made thru FRG/POC to Ohio NVMS/MAP representative. Donations to Ohio Military Assistance Program should be made to the VFW, Department of Ohio and earmarked Ohio MAP Program.


Unmet Needs

VFW Unmet Needs helps service members and their families who face unexpected financial difficulties, often as a result of unexpected or extended deployments. Military families can apply for cash grants of up to $2,500 to cope with emergencies and get through tough times. How do service members apply? Eligible service members can visit to download a grant application. You can also call 1-866-789-6333 or e-mail for more details.

Who qualifies for a VFW Unmet Needs grant? Service members and veterans who have served on active duty within the past 36 months. This includes every branch of service, including the Guard and Reserve. Veterans must have received an Honorable or General Discharge. Individuals who have a financial crisis resulting from military service, a medical emergency, the death of the service member or his/her dependent or a natural disaster.


Adopt -A-Unit Program

Is your unit interested in being adopted? VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary adopt hundreds of military units around the world. We develop supportive, ongoing relationships with units to help deliver the vast network of resources VFW has available for the military. Let us know if your unit is interested in learning more. You post should adopt at unit for the following reasons: To support the military families from your local community. As VFW/Auxiliary members, you understand the challenges military families face. To help deliver the vast network of resources the VFW has available. Adopt-A-Unit activities are great opportunities for recruiting.


HOW to find a unit?

Contact your local National Guard or Army Reserve. Find-A-Unit Flyer is available at

WHEN to adopt?

Troops and their families always need support, not just during deployments.

WHAT kind of activities should we plan?

Welcome Home, family day, holiday parties Check out "100 Great Ideas" available at

WHERE can I get assistance for Adopt-A-Unit Questions? Call MAP at 816-756-3390



Veteran Services

The VFW, Department of Ohio has 9 accredited Service Officers to assist any veteran or their dependents obtain Federal or State benefits or entitlements. They assist veterans seeking discharge upgrades, record corrections, educational benefits, disability compensation, pension eligibility and other veterans' needs.

The lists of VFW Department Service Officers are available on the VFW Dept. website at VFW Service Officers or call the VFW Cleveland Regional Office at 1-216-522-3510.