VFW Post 688, located in Boerne, Texas, is the second oldest VFW Post in the State of Texas. VFW Post 688 received it’s Charter in 1936 and now has over 200 members who represent every war dating back to World War II. We have a dedicated Honor Guard which provides graveside honors for approximately 30 deceased Veterans a year. We also install recognition markers on Veteran graves including for those that were not provided at internment.
Our Post hosts more than forty events throughout the year to honor, serve, and educate the community about important dates related to prior military actions that have given us all the freedoms we enjoy today. We support the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan where the children of deceased or incapacitated Veterans can live quality lives despite the loss of a Veteran parent. The Post participates in many programs to assist widows and orphans of Veterans.
VFW Post 688 distributes Buddy Poppies throughout the year, a program that provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and supports the VFW National Home for Children. VFW Post 688 participates and organizes numerous community specific recognition events or activities including: the Boy Scout of the Year program; the JROTC Cadet of the Year award; the Patriot’s Pen essay competition (for students in grades 6-8); the Voice of Democracy speech competition (for students in grades 9-12); the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award; and the separate Police Officer, EMS Technician, Deputy, and Firefighter of the Year awards.
Our post participates in the Veterans in the Classroom program and provides direct support to veterans through the Military Assistance Program, the Homeless Veterans Program, and by facilitating bingo at the Kerrville Veterans Administration Hospital. The Post assists Veterans in need by providing food, Veterans Administration assistance, financial counseling, and benefits coordination. The Post assists disabled Veterans by providing transportation to hospital appointments, grocery stores, and assistance with home improvement / quality of life projects. VFW Post 688 visits Veterans in nursing homes and reminds them they are not forgotten. VFW Post 688 provides a Color Guard at many community events throughout the year such as Boerne Independent School District sports events, historical marker placements, awards ceremonies, Bergesfest, Boerne Concert band and Boerne Village band, Warrior golf tournaments, and different Veteran fundraisers. The Post has officially adopted Boerne Lake and Boerne River Road Park conducting regular trash pick-up as a community service. The Post has adopted the 338th Military Intelligence Battalion and supports the unit during deployments with personal items, care packages, and “Welcome Home” events.
VFW Post 688 hosts an annual Christmas party for the 338th Military Intelligence Battalion and conducts a toy drive for the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office. We were was recently recognized as an Honor Roll Post and an All-State Post for the 2nd year in a row. The All State Award means that VFW Post 688 ranked in the top 10% of all VFW Posts in Texas.
VFW Post 688 does all of these things and more and needs your support to continue to do them. When considering a donation to a non-profit organization this year and every year please consider donating to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 688 in Boerne, Texas and help us serve those who have sacrificed so much for us all. No member or officer of the VFW receives any form of compensation. The full 100% of each donation is tax deductible, used to aid Veterans, and is very appreciated. Please contact VFW Post 688 through their facebook page, website, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and help them serve Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
History of 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 veteran’s 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 the 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. Guard and Reserve members 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 Military Service memorials, the VFW ins 2005 became the first veterans’ organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.
Annually, the 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute more than 11 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.