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Welcome to the home of VFW Department of Illinois District 18.

Service Officer Seminar


Purple Heart Survey access instructions

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has been asked to comment on an FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act requirement that tasks the Defense Department to review the Purple Heart’s current eligibility criteria.

Illinois Voice of Democracy winner selected as National Champion

Congratulations to Madison Haley, Illinois’ Voice of Democracy winner, for being selected as the National Voice of Democracy Champion. Haley was awarded the T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship award in the amount of $30,000.


New one-stop resource helps student veterans compare schools
WASHINGTON (February 4, 2014) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is applauding today’s roll out of a new comparison tool to help student veterans compare GI Bill-eligible institutions from one online site.

Keep Pressure on Congress to Eliminate COLA Penalty

Background: Congress has agreed but not voted on a spending bill that would fund the federal government for the remainder of FY 2014 -- the package contains a provision that will repeal the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) penalty for Chapter 61 medical retirees, as well as thousands of Survivors Benefits Program recipients, but it does not include the more than 800,000 military retirees under age 62.

VFW Post 5917 Motorcycle Show

 Join VFW Post 5917 on July 29 2012 for their motorcycle show.  See attached flyer and registration for more info.

District Meeting


The next district 18 meeting will be on Sunday 20 May 2012 at the Harry E. Anderson Post 9545 located at 323 Old Hickory Rd.,  New Lenox, IL 60451. We will have our Annual Memorial Service beginning at 1:00 PM with the Convention meeting to follow at 2:00 PM. At which we will Nominate and Elect the 18th District Officers for the year 2012-2013.

Voice of Democracy

Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department (state) winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

New District Site

Comrades and Friends of the VFW,

  After a long point of silence the 18th District Web Site is back up and being updated. It will take a few days to get everything re-posted and all correction made so please bare with us.

2011-2012 Officers

Name Position
Larry Shaver Commander
Louis Vargas Sr. Vice Commander
George F. Foy Jr. Vice Commander
Dennis A.

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