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Department of FL VFW
VFW DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA
543 NE SANCHEZ AVENUE
OCALA, FLORIDA 34470
352-622-5126

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 had 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 nearly 2 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.

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VFW DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA
STATE HEADQUARTERS 
 STAFF INFORMATION
To reach any of the office staff please call State Headquarters at 352-622-5126 or e-mail at the e-mails below


                                                                                                                                                     
 
 STATE ADJUTANT/QUARTERMASTER 
Eugene "Gene" Perrino Sr.   
E-mail: gperrino@vfwfl.org
 
 
WEBMASTER & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Rosalie Interdonato Bice   
E-mail statercp@vfwfl.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Website questions, Tax exemption 501c letters, ROTC & JROTC certificates, Post, Officer & Directory Information Changes, Committee Information Changes, Latest News, Buddy Poppy orders, Post Visitations, Election Reports, Audits & corrections,  Post & District Inspections, Website Changes, Webmaster of  Social Media Groups "Facebook & Twitter",  Posting Post & District pictures of major events, Post Program Reporting Accounts and Post email questions.
 
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO THE ADJUTANT/QUARTERMASTER & ADMINISTRATIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANT

Christine "Chris" Harris 
E-mail: statecg@vfwfl.org

Post & District 990's, Liability Insurance, Quartermaster & Accountable Officer Bonds, Canteen Employees & Bingo Bonds, Invoices, Donations, and Banking, Headquarters Bulletin & General Orders 
District Meetings, Raffle tickets information, Officer Invitations, Department Banquets, By-laws Processing, Eligibility Challenges, Post Consolidations, All State Information, Special Orders, Disciplinary Actions, Speeches and State Functions Set up & Agenda

Announcements

2021-2022 VFW MID WINTER CONFERENCE AT THE WEST GATE LAKE RESORT JANUARY 20-23RD, 2022 FLYER


State Commander Dani Hernandez's Homecoming April 2, 2022 Flyer 

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2021-2022 

VFW DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA

STATE OFFICERS

 


2021-2022

VFW Department of Florida State Commander

Dani Hernandez

 

"Soaring to New Heights”


*** CLICK THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD OUR STATE COMMANDER'S PICTURE. "DOWNLOAD TO YOUR DECKTOP TO PRINT" 


This marks the start of a new chapter in the History of the VFW Department of Florida. A new year with new leaders, but our goals and objectives remain the same. "To Honor the Dead, by Helping the Living” are more than words. They are a commitment that every member and every Post has made to the veterans and their families that we serve. 


To achieve this goal and the many others we have, we will need to soar to the greater heights that is instilled in each of us. We will need to learn to rise above the everyday struggles and keep focused on the mission. 


No one can predict to what heights we can soar together. With a growing number of males and females in the VFW and Auxiliary, we need to respect each other inside and outside the VFW. We need to reach out to our members and those eligible to ensure that everyone is welcomed into our family of veterans.


As we begin writing our chapter for the 2021-2022 year, we need to unite as one. What will be written over the next year will depend on each of you. This team of Officers is ready to soar, so get onboard with what will be an exciting year of service to our communities, our youth, our veterans and their families.  While doing all of that, we need to provide compassion, love, understanding and inclusiveness. 


These are our challenges, but by "Soaring to New Heights”, we can achieve all of it. 







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