Why join the VFW?
If you're visiting our page and you're not a current member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars... Maybe your asking yourself why should I join the VFW? What good things does the VFW do? Here are a few video clips that we hope would help make your decision to join our great organization!

VFW Veterans & Military Support Programs

VFW Post and Auxiliary Officers and Members we need your help!  How many times have you heard of a family of a soldier that is in a financial situation, because the soldier is serving his/her country away from the home front, that you wished there were funds available to assist that family during their time of need, or Veteran that has previously made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country and has ran into some hardships and needs some kind of assistance. Our VFW organization has established several help programs, such as UnMet Needs, Operation Uplink, VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero, and Military Assistance Program, and now we have them all under one blanket program called Veterans & Military Support Programs – just for those times of needed services.  Thousands of families in need have been able to get needy funds through the VFW’s National Military Services Program. National has made some changes to that current program, and the program will now become Veterans & Military Support Program. The program will have the same opportunities for our Military but now we will be able to help Veterans also!!

Join our Department of LA, VFW & Auxiliary in promoting the VFW Veterans & Military Support Program!  Get your post/auxiliary to donate to the program all year long, especially around the holidays!

The program is maintained through DONATIONS.  Help us maintain this impressive program – you’re Post/Auxiliary – or your own five dollars – whatever amount – helps the National Veterans & Military Support Program with funds to help out when there is a great need, such as phone calls, emergency funds to – help pay the light bill, funeral expenses, emergency leave for that soldier  – who’s family needs him/her home now!, whatever that “ Need” is a family will have an opportunity to get help through the VFW’s Veteran & Military Support Programs. 

JANUARY 8-10, 2016

On January 11, 2016  the Louisiana VFW State Commander Snake Dugas and State Surgeon Bryan Batulis visited the construction site of the new Lafayette CBOC on Ambassador Caffery across the street from Sams,Walmart, and Wendy's.  According to the Assistant construction manager, the rain has slowed the crews down during the past week, but they are ahead of schedule and plan to be completed by the end of August 2016.  The VA CBOC often referred to as a VA Clinic was one of two in Louisiana approved by Congress when the Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 was signed into law. Senator Vitter and Congressman Boustany led the charge to get VA Clinlics for Lafayette and Lake Charles. Due to the tenacity of Senator Vitter and Congressman Boustany, Mental Health Clinics at Lafayette and Lake Charles were also leased by VA after numerous bidding errors occurred at different VA levels. The Veterans Action Coalition of SW Louisiana was responsile for 5 years of hard work, coordinating with VA, City Officials, Senator Vitter, Congressman Boustany, and now Senator Cassidy and Congressman Abraham for two VA Clinics and two VA Mental Health Clinics located in Lafayette and Lake Charles. According to Skip Palmatier and Tom Grote, Co-Chairmen of the Veterans Action Coalition of Southwest La, Rodney Alexandria is the Founder of the organization and it consists of many veterans to include several VFW Officers Fred Wesley, Norm Mech, Wyatt Labrano, Carroll Knots, and Bryan Batulis who is a special advisor to the coalition. According to Jim Nunn, one of the founding fathers of the coalition, It took 42,000 signed letters of support and five years of hard work to get the attention of VA to consider reducing travel fore primary outpatient care of 80,000 veterans in Southwest La. After being promised 11 years ago, Lake Charles got their interim VA Clinic on Lake Street and McNeese Street. The interim VA Clinic will become a Mental Health clinic, and the primary VA Clinic is scheduled to be completed by December 2016 on Hwy 14 where the old Toyota complex is located. The VA will also open a VA Mental Health Clinic shortly.  By opening the four SW La clinics, disabled veterans will be saved up to four hour round trip drives to VA Alexandria and the goal of the Veterans Action Coalition of SW La is that veterans should receive 95 percent of  their primary outpatient healthcare in Lafayette and Lake Charles. 




JANUARY 28 - 31, 2016