To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans. Our vision is to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
As a local community, we want to come together and honor our veterans, military and their families.
Our Core Values:
- Ensure the care of veterans and their families
- Honor military service
- Promote patriotism
- Serve our communities
- Treat donors as partners in our cause
- Promote a positive image of the VFW
- Respect the diversity of veteran opinions
"Together as a community we can make a difference.”
History of the VFW
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.
We trace our 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 veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. The first chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. Today, membership stands at nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. We advocated for the 2008 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. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014 (POW/MIA), and continually fight for improved VA medical center services for women veterans.
We lead the funding for the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial, which is planned for construction at our nation's capital.
We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide. Please check out our latest fact sheet or spend some time browsing our site to learn why No One Does More For Veterans.
History of VFW Post 10950
Our Post was formed in 1990. A copy of the Charter and a listing of the 37 charter members is shown in the photo below. The new post was assigned to VFW District 1, as it continues today. The post originally held meetings at the Ramada Inn Motel in Nags Head, but is now hosted at the Colington Volunteer Fire Department.
Today, Post 10950 is the second largest and fastest growing post within District 1. Recently earning a Perpetual Charter (shown below), the majority of its members are Life members and several are Legacy members. A VFW Auxiliary chapter was formed on December 7, 2017 to expand our ability to service veterans and their families and increase our involvement in the community.
A listing of the past commanders and their dates of leadership are:
Howard Ange 08/90 - 06/92
Dwight Hooper 06/92 - 06/93
Donald Habermann 06/93 - 02/00
Arthur Riley 02/00 - 03/03
Robert W. Lewis, Jr. 03/03 - 03/04
Robert E. Rollason III 03/04 - 03/14
Clark S. Twiddy 03/14 - 06/17
Carl F. Reiber 07/17 - 06/18
Richard A. (Rick) Probst 07/18 - 06/19
Kelli R. Harmon 07/19 - present