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Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, or VFW, is an American organization whose members are current or former members of the U.S. armed forces. To be eligible for membership, an individual must have earned an overseas campaign or expeditionary medal, and must either currently be on active duty or in the Reserves, or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. VFW also forbids atheists from joining. By specifying overseas service, the organization excluded veterans from the American Civil War.
VFW works on behalf of American veterans by lobbying Congress for better veterans' health care and benefits. The VFW also maintains a nation-wide organization of employees and volunteers to assist veterans with their VA disability claims. VFW also donates hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of hours for community service. One of their most popular programs, Operation Uplink, provides free phone cards to overseas servicemembers.
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