Community Services We Provide
Enumclaw Post 1949 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was chartered in 1934. Since its establishment the VFW has played a very active role in the community. In addition to conducting post meetings, the facility has been the site for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other community gatherings. It is also the facility that allows us to fulfill our mission of “Honoring the dead by helping the living“. Our post, although one of the smallest in the state, consistently ranks near the top of all state VFW posts in the amount of community service we provide. The VFW Post 1949 designed and built the local Purple Heart Monument. We take pride in managing this lovely park and want to continue our service to the community.
The following are just some of the services we provide:
- Free use of the hall for all scout activities
- Provide two storage sheds for the Boy Scouts
- Free use of the hall for the Enumclaw Garden Club
- Free use of the hall for the Enumclaw School District’s new teacher’s breakfast
- Free use of the hall for the Plateau Quilters. (This group makes and distributes “Quilts of
- Valor” to veterans and have presented over 1,200 of these quilts)
- Free use of the hall for memorial services (both veterans and non-veterans)
- Free use of the hall to the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation
- Provide storage facilities for all the flags flown at Evergreen Cemetery on Memorial Day
- Onsite storage facilities for chairs, shelters, sound system, and flags used for the annual
- Enumclaw Memorial Day service
- Provide storage facilities for flags awaiting proper disposal.
- Provides secure storage for the Post’s Honor Guard. (The Honor Guard provides Military Honors for deceased veterans at local cemeteries and at Tahoma National Cemetery)
- Provides a place for our post service officers to assist veterans and/or their families in filing VA Claims.
- Provide representatives for local school assemblies upon request.
- Sponsor scholarship programs for middle and high school students within the Enumclaw School District.
- VFW Post 1949 organizes and conducts the Enumclaw Memorial Day Services
Our regular activities in the community include:
- Honor Guard services at the Purple Heart Memorial and Tahoma National Cemetery
- Memorial Day Programs
- Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest for 9th through 12th grade students.
- Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for 6th through 8th grade students.
- Cub Scout and Boy Scout charter organization and program support.
- Service Officers provide aid and support for local veterans and their families.
- Veterans Day addresses at local schools and retirement facilities
Honor Guard –
Perform funeral and memorial services for deceased veterans at Tahoma National Cemetery and other cemeteries around Enumclaw. The honor Guard carries the colors at parades and sporting events.
Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay Competition / Scholarships –
Support writing and patriotism through local participation in this nationally sponsored essay competition. Local, district and state awards are given. National award winners could be awarded up to $36,000 dollars!
Memorial Day, –
VFW members and area cub and boy scouts place flags on veteran’s graves at the Evergreen Cemetery
Flag retirement ceremony for all flags that are no longer serviceable. This is a joint project with Enumclaw Scouts.
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park (Purple Heart Monument)
Supporting other Veterans –
Post service officers help veterans with the sometimes complicated process of filing VA disability claims
Provide transportation for veterans to VA medical appointments.
Support and help local veterans in need.
Fund Raising –
Twice each year we conduct the Buddy Poppy Program – proceeds support local veteran programs, the VFW National Home for Children, Compass House, and other veteran services.
Veteran’s Day –
Each November our post provides veteran speaker to share their experiences Enumclaw schools, and a program at a local retirement home.
VA Bingo –
This program provides support and recreation for long term patients at the VA Hospital in Seattle. Our post members prepare and serve food and refreshments to these veteran patients.
Flag Retirement –
Our post collects old, worn out American flags for proper retirement.
Consider joining us and put your skills to good use! Continue the good work you started as a service member and join us in helping your fellow comrades and our community.
Check if you are eligible to join as a VFW Member here.
Veterans of Foreign Wars National
The VFW is one of the most respected voices in government, from local level all the way to Washington D.C. We advocate for justice for our nation’s veterans, service members, and military families. We advocate for an array of issues and continue to be the voice for veterans everywhere. We regularly testify before Congress, meet with elected officials, and rally our national network of members and supporters to ensure lawmakers put veterans first. When those who have served their country, and those that support, them stand together, we cannot be ignored.
We don’t wait to hear how legislation will affect veterans, service members, and their families; we help shape it from the beginning. We actively lobby Congress and the administration on current veteran’s issues and needs.
National Security & Foreign Affairs
We fought in uniform to keep our country safe. Today, we continue that fight through our National Security and Foreign Affairs (NS&FA) program. Simply put, NS&FA work to maintain the integrity of our great nation.
Ensuring women veterans receive benefits and services befitting their honorable and brave service, is one of the VFW’s top priorities. With the steady increase of women wearing our nation’s uniform, it has never been more important to ensure women veterans have a VA that is committed and able to care for them.
The VFW Action Corps is the VFW’s grassroots lobbying effort located in communities across the globe. This group works to inform and educate veterans and service members on the initiatives and policies that affect them,. in addition to being the voice for veterans at the local state and national level.
VA Health Care Watch
We consistently monitor veteran’s experiences with the VA healthcare system. We deliver veteran’s feedback directly to VA officials in order to help implement new program methods to ensure America’s veterans receive the care they deserve.