Programs

The VFW Post 7788 has been serving the troops, the citizens of Milford and the United States of America by inspiring our children with patriotism and love for our country and community. Through our Poppy sales at community stores, coordinating with our scouts in raising money for OperationUplink, and our Voice of Democracy Scholarship our presence in the Milford community is making a difference.

The VFW Post 7788 host many social events and fundraisers for veteran's throughout the year. This allows the members to give back to the troops, post and community.

Now, with many of our community's young men and women serving overseas, the VFW provides a place where they can keep in touch with friends, and meet and socialize with people who have had similar experiences. As with our WWII, Vietnam, Korean, Gulf War veterans, today's military will be welcome at VFW Post 7788. We now have many new veterans and active duty members of the Global War on Terror from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Even if you are not eligible to be a regular member, you may still be able to join the Post 7788 community through the Ladies Auxiliary or Men's Auxiliary. We have very active auxiliaries at Post 7788 and they are a critical part of the VFW community. Through their efforts with the Thursday night Bingo, the monthly VA hospital visits, VFW Poker Run fundraisers, Turkey Shoots, etc., the auxiliary members help make the VFW Post 7788 a success.

Community Service

Community service is an important priority in our country and a founding VFW tenet. The VFW has a rich tradition associated with community service. Working closely with other national organizations, the VFW annually reports over 14 million volunteer hours. Member volunteerism benefits education, the environment, health sciences and civic projects.

Support the Troops

An ongoing collection of items requested by the troops and sent in regular care packages.

Bingo

Held every Thursday night in the upstairs hall.

VA Hospital

Once a month visits to the Veteran's.

DAY FOR A VET

Weekly fundraiser to bring the veteran's from the VA Hospital to lunch and entertainment at the post.

Turkey Shoot

Fundraiser for health benefits.

Poker Run

Annual event to raise money for Operation Uplink and various other post needs.

American Red Cross Blood Drives

These quarterly events surplus the community demand for this life saving blood.

Connecticut Valley Hospital

Ongoing collection of items on the Connecticut Valley Hospital Wish List (see full list).

Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Voice of Democracy Contest Logo

Youth Scholarships

Every year, hundreds of thousands of students participate in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, garnering more than $3.4 million in scholarships and incentives. In 2004, a new scholarship program --the VFW Veterans Tribute Scholarship-- was established for children and grandchildren of all veterans and active-duty military personnel. In addition to VFW's outstanding scholarship programs, Posts and Auxiliaries across the nation work with youth in scouting, sports, ROTC and military cadet programs. By providing leaders, funding, sponsorships and other resources, the VFW and its Auxiliaries encourage millions of America's young adults to higher ideals and greater personal achievement.

Military Assistance

From adopting military units to “Operation Uplink” telephone cards, the VFW Post 7788 strives to enhance the quality of life for members of the armed forces and their families worldwide by identifying critical needs and providing emergency financial aid.

Care Packages for the Troops

The VFW 7788 is conducting an ongoing donation drive to send care packages to the troops. We periodically issue press releases to remind the community how much our troops appreciate all of the support their community and the nation have given them. We ofter receive thank you's from parents saying how much it meant to their son or daughter to receives these packages, or how much they enjoyed receiving a particular item.

Operation Uplink

The VFW 7788 has conducting several fundraisers to provide our troops with phone cards so that their support here is only a phone call away. With our Poker Runs, Dinner/Dances and basket raffles, VFW Post 7788 has raised over $5,000 for phone cards. We continue to donate to this very worthy cause through our various events and activities.

Military Assistance (MAP)

The VFW's Military Assistance Program (MAP) is a quality of life initiative that focuses on easing the financial emergencies of deploying service members and supporting them and their family through the hardships of deployment. MAP also provides one-time grants up to $500 to service members needing emergency financial assistance. In addition, MAP has forged partnership with various service providers, aimed at providing the transitioning service member with relocation and employment assistance.

Buddy Poppy Program

A flower that evokes the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem "In Flander's Field", written by Col. John McCrae of Canada.


The VFW was the first veterans' organization to adopt the poppy and develop a national distribution campaign. For more than 75 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' welfare and the well being of their dependents.


Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled, needy and aging veterans in VA Hospitals and domiciliaries across the country and are distributed by VFW Posts and their Ladies Auxiliaries. The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation's veterans.


 

Buddy Poppy History

In Flander's Field" describes a battlefield of crosses dotted with red poppies. The poem deeply touched the nation and the world, and, from that point on, poppies became known throughout the world as a memorial flower, a reminder of the lives lost in wartime.


"In Flanders Fields"

by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead.
Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw,
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us, who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.

 

Selling replicas of the original Flanders' poppy originated in some of the allied countries immediately after the Armistice. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League began the first nationwide sale of poppies to benefit children in the devastated areas of France and Belgium.


Madam Guerin, who was recognized as the "poppy lady" from France, sought and received the cooperation of the VFW in 1922 after the Franco-American Children's League was dissolved. The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922 becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.


It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally adopted during the VFW's 1923 encampment. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh, assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation "Buddy Poppy" was adopted at that time.


In February 1924, the VFW registered the name "Buddy Poppy" with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name "Buddy" Poppy.

Additional Programs & Services

VFW National Home for Children

 

VFW National Home for Children

VFW Troop Support

 

VFW Troop Support
Give2TheTroops®

 

Give2TheTroops®
Find a VFW Post

 

Find a Post
Hire Heroes - Hire a Vet

 

VFW National Home for Children

News & Merchandise

Michael J. Totten Blog

 

Michael J. Totten Blog
Michael Yon Online Magazine

 

Michael Yon Online Magazine
DOD News

 

DOD News
Shop the VFW Store

 

Shop the VFW Store
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