In 1923, the VFW National made the decision to employ disabled veterans to create the well-known red Poppies, and pay them for their valuable work. This program not only offers assistance in supporting state and national veterans' rehabilitation but it also partially contributes to the VFW National Home for Children. The first-ever Buddy-Poppy Factory was established in Pittsburgh, and currently, they are produced by disabled veterans residing in VA Hospitals and homes nationwide. The trademarked VFW Buddy-Poppy name ensures that these Poppies are authentic products created by disabled veterans.
We as a post collect donations for Buddy Poppy all year long and actively participate in the Buddy Poppy Competition at Department and State level.
Voice of Democracy
For many years, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has offered the Voice of Democracy scholarship program to high school students. This prestigious scholarship awards over $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives to nearly 40,000 students each year. Competitors must write and record an essay on an annual patriotic theme. The first-place winner who competes with all first-place VFW department winners, will receive a $30,000 scholarship that will be paid directly to their American university, college, or vocational/technical school.
The Patriots Pen is a scholarship program that is held annually across the country and is sponsored by the VFW. It is an essay competition that is open to students in grades 6-8. The winner of the first prize will receive 5,000 in scholarship money. Every year, approximately 68,800 students in grades 6-8 participate in the VFW's Patriot's Pen youth essay contest, hoping to win a portion of the more than $1.4 million in prizes.
There will be a coloring contest for students in 2nd-5th grade. One winner will be chosen per grade and will receive a certificate and a $50.
Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of VFW 1810 for 2023, as well as all the students who participated. The judges had a difficult time selecting the winners due to the high level of participants.
It is crucial for our organization to connect with our community. We must proactively engage with our local fire department, schools, and community leaders to build strong relationships that will aid us in fulfilling the VFW mission.
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected our organization, forcing us to shut down and leaving us struggling to regain our momentum. We are currently experiencing a decline in participation compared to pre-pandemic levels, and are seeking volunteers to help us stay active. As many of our members are older and may not be able to participate in certain events, we are specifically reaching out to younger veterans to lend a hand and ensure our organization remains successful.
VFW Post 1810 annually participates/ conducts:
Honor Gaurd for Veterans Funerals
Memorial Day Ceremony
4th of July Community Parade
Veterans Day Parade
Annual Community Christmas Party
Monthly Blood Drives