Introduction to MaineVFW.org The Department of Maine , Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was established in 1921. Our first Department Commander was Edward E. Philbrook who served from 1921-1922.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 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.
Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Teacher of the Year
Awards Banquet 2019 Winners
State Commander Christopher L. Armstrong, Sarah Nelson, Grade K-5 teacher from Ames Elementary School Sponsored by District 6, Robert E. Wallace PNCiC, Assistant Adjutant General and Executive Director, Washington Office, Emily N. Smith Voice of Democracy 1st place winner Sponsored by District 7 from Topsham Post 2197, Toby Cole, Grade 9-12 teacher from Calais High School sponsored by Calais Post 9779, Sam J. Williams Patriot’s Pen winner Sponsored by Windham Post 10643, David Haggen Grade 6-8 from Reeds Brook Middle School Sponsored by Hampden Post 4633,