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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO THE ADJUTANT/QUARTERMASTER & ADMINISTRATIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANT

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

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 MESSAGE FROM OUR STATE COMMANDER TONY PURDY


 


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Greeting’s Comrades


VISION FOR THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS 


We will strive to ensure veterans are respected for their service, receive their earned entitlements and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. And to ensure their children spouse ‘orphans and widows are taken care of this year, our special project is  the Florida cottage in Eaton Rapids MI at  the VFW National home for Children. The home is where families left behind by war can remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when the  serviceman or women didn’t come home


MISSION STATEMENT


To leverage values of Commitment, Excellence, Integrity, and Selfless Service to strengthen our dedication of advocating for our veterans.

 

Together We Can!!!


Tony H. Purdy

State Commander, Department of Florida VFW

2019-2020


 

State Adjutant/Quartermaster’s Message

 

Comrades, it is now time to work our membership list and work them hard and fast.


We have a goal of reaching 90+ % by December 31, 2019 and we will make that happen. 


Make those phone calls now, Go and knock on the doors of our members you haven’t seen and ask how they are doing. See if they need any help because we all know Veterans are very proud people and will not ask for help. 


 Sometimes all it takes is showing them some love and that we care. If they confide in you that they need help use your relief fund. That is what it is there for. 


We can do this Florida, WHY, because we are Second to None and once again this year we will get our Department to 100 + % 


Commanders at all levels please get out there and continue to send the most important message we have. 


Veterans of Foreign Wars 


"NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS”

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