Serving veterans and our community since 1947!
ABOUT OUR POST
The Verle Huffman post was opened by charter on December 2, 1947 and instituted the next day on December 3, 1947 with 33 charter members. The post was originally on King Street, but moved to it's current location in 1948. Post 9644 has a history of leading Colorado in membership numbers.
The post was named for Verle J Huffman who joined the service on January 29, 1937 at Fort Logan in Colorado. Verle served for 3 years before reenlisting. Verle was a member of the 2nd Engineers. Verle was reported missing in action on May 7, 1942. Verle passed away on June 16, 1942 while a prisoner of war of the Japanese military prisoned at the Cabanatuan Camp in the Philippine Islands.
The 9644 Auxiliary charter was signed on February 20, 1948 with sixteen members.
Read this story written by Margaret Engle for Sheridan Celebrates in 2001.
ABOUT THE VFW
The VFW 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.
The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.
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.
Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.