The members of the Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars live by the motto,
"Honor the dead by helping the living."
The Auxiliary set out to serve the veterans of this country and our communities
in honor of the sacrifices and commitment
of every man and woman who has served in uniform.
While continuing to support the VFW and its causes,
the Auxiliary has developed several of their own causes over the years.
With the goal of helping families in distress, its members perform community service,
fund cancer research, advocate for the rights of the elderly,
and support the VFW National Home, and other worthy causes.
Membership has been broadened to include not only husbands and wives of VFW members,
but also their mothers and fathers, widows and widowers,
brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, sons and daughters,
grandfathers and grandmothers, and grandsons and granddaughters.
Foster parents and foster sons and daughters are also eligible,
provided their relationship with the VFW member predates his military service.
VFW Auxiliary Programs
Americanism: Promote patriotism in our schools
Buddy Poppy: "Honor the Dead by Helping the Living"
Funds help needy veterans and their families, and help provide care at the
VFW National Home for Children.
Cancer Aid and Research:
Nationally, more than $3,000,000 is raised each year to help cancer-stricken members
and to invest in research throughout the country.
Helping others by conducting various on-going fund-raising activities.
V.F.W. Post 3617 Auxiliary also makes and provides Veterans with quilts made by its members.
Monthly Pot Luck Raffles fund the purchase of materials to make the quilts.
They are distributed to Veterans and their families in hospital in the Douglas County area.
Hospitals & VA Retirement Homes:
Nationally, adult and student volunteers cheer on patients in VA Medical Centers,
as our Auxiliary does in our local hospitals and nursing homes,
by serving snacks, reading to patients, assist in writing letters,
and serving other needs of veterans and their family members.
Members provide several holiday dinners throughout the year,
and a monthly Pot Luck Dinner for each monthly meeting of the V.F.W. and its Auxiliary.
Sponsorship of Boys and Girl Scouts, 4-H, soccer or softball teams,
and other youth groups are a few of the ways our organization
provides opportunities for students,
in addition to scholarships opportunities.
On request, members send letters and e-mails to members of congress outlining the V.F.W.
and Auxiliary's views on bills dealing with veterans and national security.
The organization speaks out on legislation that affects the VA budget
and future health care for veterans, veterans entitlements,
resolution of the POW/MIA questions, investigation into the Persian Gulf illnesses,
and enhancing the Active Duty GI Bill.
Veterans and Family Support:
Serving our veterans at home and overseas, as well as supporting their families.
Department of Washington Fallen Soldiers Banner Project:
Washington State is the only state that has this program.
The Auxiliary helps raise money to pay for banners that has a picture of the fallen soldier,
their name, and where they were from.
These banners are carried by volunteers in parades all over Washington State.
The banners can help with the healing process for some families.
A duplicate magnetic banner is made for the soldiers' family to keep.