The Senate approved Sen. Toomey’s resolution commending the members of the VFW for their courage and sacrifice in service to the United States and their steadfast support of and dedication to all veterans. The resolution also encourages all Americans to express their appreciation to veterans and to the VFW for all the work it does for veterans.
“I am grateful to my colleagues in the Senate for backing my resolution honoring the VFW for its century of support for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard members,” said Sen. Toomey. “Our veterans deserve our unwavering support and appreciation for their courage and sacrifice in service to our country. I hope all Americans will join me in expressing appreciation for all the VFW has done and continues to do.”
John A. Biedrzycki Jr., Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the VFW said, “On behalf of all Veterans of Foreign Wars, I want to thank Sen. Toomey for initiating this congressional resolution recognizing our 100 years of service. Sen. Toomey’s actions and the longstanding support of organizations such as the University of Pennsylvania and others have helped the VFW aid millions of veterans in this past century.”
Gary Smith, Pennsylvania State VFW Commander said, “I commend Sen. Toomey for securing this important resolution. The VFW is proud to have been such an instrumental support system for veterans of combat zone service and their families over the past century. The support, advocacy and camaraderie that the VFW has provided truly improved the lives of millions of veterans. Our mission and our resolve to continuing leading the charge as a watchdog for veterans of all ages and to be their most effective support system is stronger than it has ever been.”
The VFW was officially organized in September of 1914 at the former Schenley Hotel (now the William Pitt Union) in Pittsburgh, Pa. when the American Veterans of Foreign Service and the National Society of the Army of the Philippines voted to merge their organizations.