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You can become a VFW Life Member by making a one-time payment as shown below. You can also pay for your Life Membership through an installment plan, with an initial $35 payment and an mount billed over an 11-month period as shown in the table below.
|81 and Older||$170||$15.45|
A Legacy Membership is open to Life Members. There are three levels, Gold, ($1,200), Silver ($800), and Bronze ($400). Unlike the Life Membership where the Post no longer is the recipient of an annual dues rebate when a member passes, the Post continues to receive a return of dues from National for Legacy members who pass thus leaving a lasting positive impact on the Post‘s financial well being. The Legacy Membership is tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. Like the Life Memberships, an installment plan is available. This is a great way to continue giving to the Post and to VFW long after you and I are gone and have left the Post to the next generation of veterans.
To learn more about the VFW membership, download:
VFW Membership Brochure
Please include a copy of your DD-214 and payment of $25.00 (if a check, please make it payable to VFW Post 8870) with your Membership Application and mail it to:
VFW Post 8870
PO Box 701
Edmonds, WA 98020-0701
You may also fill out the credit card information on the right side of the Membership Application. Please sign the form where indicated. If you would like a Life Membership or a Legacy Membership please see the Life Membership tab on the home page for further information.
DD-214’s are now available on line. The National Personnel Records Center has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD214’s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov Military veterans and next of kin of deceased former military members may now use the new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete SP Form 180 which can be downloaded from the online website. You can find a link to this website on our Home Page.
Our Quartermaster has pointed out to me The Women in Military Service For America Memorial located at the Arlington National Cemetery. As the son of a WWII army nurse, I didn’t realize this memorial even existed so I wish to thank our Quartermaster Liz Mather for bringing it to our attention. Dedicated in 1997, it is dedicated to women who have defended America throughout our history. You can learn much more about it at www.womensmemorial.org
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 that 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 asessment (cost of the 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 VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation’s veterans.
“In Flander’s Field”
by John McCraeIn
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.