POST MOTTO: "SERVICE ABOVE SELF"
Chester McKay | Post 7987 was founded on August 15, 1946.
The Post is named after local New Port Richey resident and World War II Veteran, Chester Rufus McKay. The current post is located at 7445 Chester McKay Dr, New Port Richey, FL 34655
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Purpose of a VFW Post?
VFW posts are the face of the VFW in communities across the country.
Their primary role is supporting veterans in their local communities and educating citizens about veterans issues as well as to advocate for veterans by lobbying Congress and other legislative bodies in their local jurisdictions.
And when you're involved with your local post, you can become part of that advocacy by working with elected officials on a grassroots level.
What do VFW Posts do for the community?
VFW posts also offer community service projects, such as distributing food and clothing to needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, which helps VFW members connect with their local communities. Additionally, VFW posts sponsor school programs that teach children about the sacrifices made by veterans and instill the importance of community service and patriotism in future generations.
VFW Posts provide many valuable services to local Veterans: The Service Officer Program provides free VA benefit assistance to Veterans at all VFW Posts across America.
How are VFW Posts funded?
As a nonprofit organization, VFW Posts rely solely on fundraising, individual donations and corporate sponsorships.
Our operating costs are covered by our membership dues. In order to keep our dues as low as possible, we must raise funds for projects that require more money than what is available in our annual budget.
That's where you come in!
What duties do VFW Post Officers fulfill ?
Can a civilian join the VFW?
You must be a veteran who has honorably served overseas in an area of foreign conflict in order to join the VFW.
However, if you are not eligible for VFW membership but are the parent, grandparent, spouse, sibling, child or grandchild of a qualifying veteran, you can apply for membership in the VFW Auxiliary. The only eligibility requirement for auxiliary membership is that you have an immediate family relationship with a veteran who meets VFW eligibility requirements.
The auxiliary also offers service to veterans and their families through its scholarship program and community outreach programs.