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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

VFW Post 981 has an active program of supporting and participating in events benefiting veterans and active duty troops; outings for Post members to baseball games, movies, Arlington Racetrack and our Christmas party, all costing little to members; and visits to VA hospitals and retirement homes. 

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.

We march in Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day parades in the suburbs we represent, and observe Veterans Day with a 21-gun salute at our meeting place .

Our color guard participates in various activities that honor fellow veterans and our country.  This included marching in the Arlington Heights Memorial Day and July 4 parades; the Palatine Hometown Fest; and Buffalo Grove Labor Day parade, and various Veterans Day observances in 2018.  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, Mike Smogor at 847-915-9926.

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

Last Updated January 10 2019