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About the Veterans of Foreign Wars

The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service.  These chapters were merged in 1914 to form the VFW which was incorporated in 1918.  There are currently 1.4 million men and women who belong to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

About VFW Post 981

Chartered as Arlington VFW Post 981 on October 5 1922 in Arlington Heights, IL, it is one of the oldest VFW posts in Illinois.

Regular meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month starting at 7:00 PM

Why You Should Join the Veterans of Foreign Wars

After serving our country eligible veterans deserve access to VA Benefits and payments for service-related disabilities.  Yet, without a large organization fighting to get and keep what you earned, you could wind up with nothing!

When you become part of the VFW, your voice is heard.  Your have access to resources that will answer your questions and advise you about your rights. And you will be among those who know what you experienced.

VFW Post 981 has an active program of monthly meetings; outings for Post members to baseball and hockey games, movies, Arlington Racetrack and our Christmas party, all costing little to members; and support of VA hospitals and retirement homes.

The Post supports and participates in events benefiting veterans and active duty troops.  See the article about our participation in Help USA Troops:

2019 Help USA Troop Event

We raise money through Poppy sales and sales of caps and stickers to the public to be used only for veteran and service member relief.

As a Post we march in Arlington Heights Memorial Day and 4th of July parades and observe Veterans Day with a 21-gun salute at our AMVETS Wheeling meeting place .

Our color guard pays tribute to departed members of our Post.  It participates in various activities that honor fellow veterans and our country.  See our color guard at the Buffalo Grove 2018 Veterans Day observance on November 10 2018:

VFW Post 981 Color Guard

You can see pictures from some of our various Post activites and read our 2018 Award-winning Newsletter here (Newsletters & Post Activities)


Membership is earned through service to our country in our armed forces outside the 50 states and possessions in times of hostilities.  Click Here for information on joining our post.

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VFW Post 981 uses the facilities of AMVETS Post 66 located at 700 McHenry Road, Wheeling IL 60090.  Look
for VFW sign under AMVETS signs.  For directions see their facebook AMVETS Post 66  or call 847-537-0440.

   If you are interested in further information call our Sr. Vice-Commander, Matt Voss at 847-382-4150.

Or send an e-mail to vfwpost981@gmail.com  or mail us at P.O. Box 825, Arlington Heights, IL 60006.

Last Updated July 17 2019