Who are we? We are the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 7191 for Mundelein, Illinois!
VFW Post 7191 was chartered the 11th of June, 1946. We belong to VFW Fifth District in Northern Illinois. It currently meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Community Protestant Church on the corner of Hawley and Prairie Streets in Mundelein, IL starting at 7 PM. All are welcome at our meetings! If you have an interest in the VFW please don't hesitate to contact us to let us know you'll be coming!
So what are we all about?
This was taken straight from the official VFW site. It exemplifies what we stand for here at VFW Post 7191:
The VFW mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.
- By prevailing upon Congress and the administration to fulfill the nation's commitment to care and provide for her defenders and their dependents in their time of need and to ensure that the United States remains ever vigilant while maintaining a strong national defense.
- Ensure veterans are provided all the care, entitlements and compensation that they have earned through their service and sacrifice in defense of our nation in a prompt and compassionate manner by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other concerned Departments and Agencies.
- Ensure legislation is advanced in Congress and signed into law that reflects the VFW's pro-veteran, pro-national defense and pro-America goals; and protect veterans from proposals detrimental to them and the nation.
- Ensure employment opportunities for America's veterans are supported by lawmakers, the private sector and all concerned governmental entities through enhancement of veteran' preference legislation, training and education programs.
- Ensure a firm foreign policy that guarantees our integrity as a nation, promotes our democratic ideals and interest abroad and seeks the fullest possible accounting of our comrades missing from all wars and is backed by a strong military that provides for the well-being and quality of life for those men and women in uniform.
The VFW mandates are:
What kind of service do we provide?
So what kinds of things do we do as an organization? Plenty! All of the charitable work we do is aimed at the veteran and the surrounding community of our Post.
VFW Post 7191 helps veterans whether they are in or out of the hospital. We give to such world-wide organizations as the USO, and we are an active participant in programs such as Operation Uplink. In this program the Post gives out phone cards to service personnel irregardless of being active, reserve, or National Guard so that they can call home to family. We especially target providing aid and comfort to wounded servicemen and women. This covers everything from older veterans who are hospitalized to younger veterans returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The VFW has also has given money to homeless vets, drug and alcohol rehab clinics, school programs and scouting programs. We also locally hold flag ceremonies on veteran's holidays and perform flag 'retirements' to destroy unserviceable U.S. flags.
As you can see the scope of operations for our Post is very broad. We do whatever we can to aid veterans and their families, as well as try to contribute as much as we can to the community.