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The Veterans of Foreign Wars 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 for them, and they were left to care for themselves. 
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 
Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of 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.
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

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Commander Brian Rodriguez

NY Veterans, families can now get into state parks, campgrounds for free. What to know

Publication: Democrat & Chronicle
Author: Emily Barnes | New York State Team

New York veterans and their families will now have free access to state parks and other amenities throughout the state.

Beginning Monday, April 1, veterans and Gold Star families who are state residents can get into state parks, campgrounds, day use areas, historic sites and recreations areas for free through the expansion of the Lifetime Liberty Pass program.

Members receive the following benefits:

  • Free vehicle entry to state parks and Department of Environmental Conservation-operated campgrounds and day use areas, boat launch sites, historic sites, arboretums and park preserves
  • Free greens fees at state park-operated golf courses
  • Free swimming pool entrance at pools operated by state parks
  • Discounted campsite and cabin rentals at state parks- and DEC-operated campgrounds

Veterans can access these benefits by presenting a NY State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) photo document (ID) with Veteran status designation to employees at all staffed facilities. Veterans who do not have this designation on your ID can visit the NYS DMV website for more information or apply for the free Lifetime Liberty Pass to ensure seamless entry.

Learn More about Lifetime Liberty Pass
Lifetime Liberty Pass Guidelines


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