Whitlock Sonnenberg VFW Post 1215 was established in 1923 and named after 2 local service men who died in service to our country: Guy Whitlock in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, and Carl Sonnenberg in France during World War I.
The VFW was 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 Veterans exposed to Agent Orange and for Veterans
diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, the Veterans of Foreign Wars 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. In 2015 we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial
Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its
Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in
the community, provide over $3 million in college scholarships and savings
bonds to students every year.