VFW District 4 represents a group of 21 independently operated posts with their own elected officers. 16 of these 21 posts also have a VFW Auxiliary, family members of those eligible for the VFW supporting their Post, veterans, and the local community. Its members operate each Post and elect their officers, allowing them to decide how best to serve their community. All 21 VFW posts and Auxiliary are located in Wayne County, Michigan.
History of the VFW 
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, and they were left to care for themselves. 

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

     Since then, the VFW's voice has been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th Century, developing the national cemetery system, and fighting for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, the VFW won a long-fought victory by passing 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 has also fought to improve 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, in 2005, the VFW became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries 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 the elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.




Post Commanders Meeting
Trenton VFW Post 1888 
Sunday, 29 October 2023 at noon.

All Post and District Officers or their representatives are requested to attend to get information about plans for the year. Dates & locations of District functions, programs, deadlines, and priorities will be discussed. This meeting, as always, is open to all members of the 4th District. Congratulations to all the newly elected officers and appointed volunteers who help make our organization successful.