Our Post was founded in Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore Maryland in September 1945. We are named for two Baltimore natives, Medal of Honor recipient PFC Carl V. Sheridan and Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient 1LT Carvel C. Hood.
Private First Class Carl V. Sheridan was an infantrymen in the US Army during World War II and was a member of the 47th Infantry regiment, 9th Infantry division. PFC Sheridan served with his unit throughout Belgium and Western Germany from September 1944 until his death during the attack on Frenzenberg Castle November 26th 1944. For his fearless action during the battle and his ultimate sacrifice PFC Sheridan was awarded the Medal of Honor on 30 May 1945. More information can be found at the Medal of Honor Museum website
1st Lieutenant Carvel G. Hood was a member of the 22nd Armored Field Artillery and saw action with the "breakthrough" 4th Armored Division in Pattons 3rd Army. His unit was involved with the initial assault on Normandy and the drive through France. During this drive he was award the Bronze Star for action against the enemy from July27th - Sept 1st, 1944. He earned a second Bronze Star on March 16th 1945 when the supply detachment he volunteered to lead ran into an enemy ambush. He was killed in action and laid to rest by his soldiers at Military Cemetery #1 in Stromberg, Germany.
The remains of both men were returned to the US for internment; PFC Sheridan on 15 November 1947 and Lt Hood on 29 January 1949.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.
We trace our 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 that would eventually band together and 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. Today, membership stands at nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, we 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. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved 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, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which is planned for construction at our nation's capital.
We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide.
Our Core Values:
Always put the interests of our members first
Treat donors as partners in our cause
Honor military service
Ensure the care of veterans and their families
Serve our communities
Promote a positive image of the VFW
Respect the diversity of veteran opinions
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
President George Washington
To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts.
To serve our veterans, the military and our communities.
To work hand in hand with our Auxiliary to advocate on behalf of all veterans.
To promote programs dedicated to ensuring that all of our veterans and their families receive the benefits that they are entitled to
Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.