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VFW Post 981 meets in person at American Legion Post 208 in Arlington Heights on the FIRST Wednesday of each month starting 7:00 PM.  We also stream our meeting via ZOOM.  If you wish a ZOOM invitation, please email the post at vfwpost981@gmail.com.

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 million men and women who belong to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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.  The VFW, through our Service Officers, are the best source for applying and getting these benefits.

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.  Without a large organization fighting to get and keep what you earned, you could wind up with nothing!

About VFW Post 981

Chartered as Arlington VFW Post 981 in Arlington Heights, IL, we celebrated our 100th anniversary at a gala banquet on October 8 2022 that was free to members and their guests.  Here is video of the Arlington Heights Board of Directors presenting Sr. Vice-Commander Mike Smogor with a proclamation honoring the Post.

October 3 2022 Arlington Heights Board Meeting

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

At VFW Post 981  monthly meetings the business portion of the meeting is followed by a supper and beverages provided by the Post.

There is usually one outside outing for Post members every few months, costing Post members and their guest a nominal amount, most of the expense being subsidized by the Post.  We have gone to baseball and hockey games, movies and held a picnic. Our Christmas party features an open bar, appetizers, gourmet meal, and entertainment, once again at a nominal cost to our members.

Wally Luetschwager Memorial Scholarship Grant

Please click on the following link for information about and the application for the annual scholarship grant awarded by Post 981.


VFW Post 981 Supports Veterans & Active Duty Troops

The Post supports and participates in events benefiting veterans and active duty troops.  See the article about some of the organizations that received money from our Poppy Day activities in 2021 :

2021 Poppy Donations

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 and other parades in the suburbs we represent.  We observe Veterans Day with a 21-gun salute at our Arlington Heights American Legion 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.  Two members of our Color Guard, Commander Dale Berg and Stewart Abbink, are also members of Distrct 4 Color Guard which presented the colors at the January 8 Bear/Viking game:

District 4 Presentation of Colors Bear-Vikings Game Jan. 8 2023

You can see pictures from some of our various Post activites and read our 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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VVFW Post 981 monthly meetings are at American Legion Post 208 located at 121 N. Douglas, Arlington Heights IL 60004.  For directions check their website or call 847-253-6632.

   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 2023