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VFW Post 5040

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240 N Throop St,
Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 338-5040

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The Woodstock VFW Post 5040 is a non-profit organization serving veterans and promoting Americanism in the community in which we live. The history of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5040, Woodstock, Illinois, dates back to 1945. In that year, World War II veterans began work leading up to the establishment of our Post, securing it with a charter on March 4, 1946. There were 224 original charter members of our Post. On April 29, 1947, the VFW Auxiliary was chartered with 33 members. Today, we have over 250 VFW members and 50 Auxiliary members in our Post. Initially, a majority of the membership was made up of WW II veterans. As time passes, many of the WW II members are becoming fewer and we strive to bring in members from the Vietnam War, Korean War, and other recent conflicts. Even though the number of members at our monthly meetings totals less than 20, we still have a dedicated few that continually look after the Post and keep up the tradition of the VFW. Events at our Post primarily raise money for helping veterans and their families. We hold raffles and sell Poppies throughout the year to benefit veterans, support local community charities, and hopefully have some money left over that will keep our Post running. What the future holds for our VFW is yet to be seen. In the early days of the VFW, becoming a member was something that you felt good about. It helped get you involved in the community and with the many members, there was always something happening down at the Post. Today, in our fast paced world, members are hard to come by and attitudes have changed somewhat. Filling leadership positions each year is a task in itself. Active membership showing up to the Post meetings averages less than 20 members. There is a small group of people that continually take care of the Post, but they can only do so much. As of January 2019, we are back in our original location on Throop street. The Post is renting the bottom half of the building from the owner so we can hold our meetings and run the small bar and kitchen business. One thing to remember and is constant: through honorable overseas military service can a person can join the VFW. Once a member, they are pledged to defend human rights in peace and war. Now and in the future, there will be foreign war veterans. Those that participate can be assured that the Veterans of Foreign Wars will continue to be your voice in assisting veterans, calling for improved benefits, and helping those in need. To continue to do so, we need your support. All Veterans of the Armed Forces should belong to some type of a Veterans organization chartered by Congress or recognized by the Veterans Administration for claim representation. Joining one of these organizations helps you and the thousands of other veterans by providing strength in numbers. The more veterans we have in these organizations, the more "clout" we will have in Washington and State governments. If you are eligible to join your local VFW, you become a member of a very large, national organization and will be part of an organization that helps benefit the community in which you live.

Business Hours

Monday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Wednesday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Thursday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sunday 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM