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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 889

  • COEUR D ALENE, ID
  • www.facebook.com/vfwincda

Mission Statement

Our mission is to 'honor the dead by helping the living' through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.

OUR MISSION:To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.

OUR VISION: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.

OUR CORE VALUES:

**Always put the interests of our members first
**Treat donors as partners in our cause
**Promote patriotism
**Honor military service
**Ensure the care of veterans and their families
**Serve our communities
**Promote a positive image of the VFW
**Respect the diversity of veteran opinions

Service Areas

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Idaho

Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho

ruling year

1944

Commander since 2015

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Mr. John McGuire

Senior Vice Commander since 2015

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Mr. Gary Sevick

Keywords

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veterans, World War, Viet Nam, Iraq War, Afghanistan War, Centennial Plaza, Veterans Administration

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Also Known As

VFW Post 889

EIN

82-6009041

 Number

5489697179

Physical Address

406 N 4TH ST

COEUR D ALENE, ID 83814

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

VFW members volunteer in their communities through Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. Collectively, the VFW's influence has helped to establish the Veterans Administration, create a GI bill for the 20th century, develop the national cemetery system and fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. VA medical centers and services for women veterans have also resulted from the efforts of the VFW.

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Service Areas

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Idaho

Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 889

Leadership

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Commander

Mr. John McGuire

Senior Vice Commander

Mr. Gary Sevick

STATEMENT FROM THE Commander

"The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.

In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the 1.9 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John McGuire

VFW Post 889

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

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