About Us ~ History

The VFW includes over 2 million members in more than 8,000 community Posts worldwide, tracing its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure pension rights and medical benefits for military servicemen. By 1936 newly formed VFW Posts from Pennsylvania to Colorado claimed more than 200,000 as members.

As increasing numbers of post-WWII men and women returned home, VFW membership and new Post activations soared. As in communities Nation-wide, WWI veterans engaged newly arriving veterans from the Pacific and European theaters about the opportunities of establishing new VFW Posts. The Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound Region provided employment for thousands of citizens in Seattle during WWII, with shipbuilding and aircraft manufacturing industries turning once quiet towns surrounding greater Seattle into rapidly expanding communities welcoming to returned veterans.

Throughout WWII one such Boeing aircraft production facility south of Lake Washington required protection in the form of a 200-man U. S. Army anti-aircraft unit positioned on nearby Mercer Island: Battery C, 260th Coast Artillery. Yet, not long after the four 90mm guns, soldiers, and equipment left Mercer Island, resident veterans and military men alike began organizing for the establishment of a new VFW Post in the town’s center.

On 11 March, 1948 30 such veterans placed their names on the activating charter for VFW Post 5760 as new members who “…served honorably in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps…in foreign wars of the United States of America…” thereby solidifying the relationship between local veterans and the citizens of a soon-to-be incorporated City of Mercer Island.

As the Post established itself and flourished in the community, veterans continued to commit to its principles of supportive fraternal, patriotic, and welfare programs. So much so that on 28 December, 1984 VFW National headquarters issued Perpetual Post Charter No. 4528 in recognition of the organization’s 30 distinguished Life Members. Just 14 years later the Post was recognized with the Golden Anniversary Award in recognition of its 50 years of contributions to veterans and dedication to VFW ideals. Today our members carry on this commitment to fellow veterans through provision of various relief, education, citizenship, and community programs.

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