Doylestown Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 175 in Doylestown was chartered in July of 1934. It is a non-profit service organization supporting the community, veterans and their families.
The main objectives of the VFW are “to be fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their widows and orphans.”
The fundamental differences between the VFW and other veterans’ organizations are its eligibility qualifications. There are three primary requisites for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States: (1) Citizenship, (2) Honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States, (3) Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized campaign medal.
The membership of Doylestown Post 175 includes veterans of all conflicts from World War II through today’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additional information on qualifications can be found at the www.vfw.org Web site.
The VFW depends on community support through poppy sales throughout the year. Members collect funds at various locations throughout Central Bucks County. Funds collected through poppy sales are used only for veterans or their memory including: Semper Fi Families, the Bucks County Veterans Van, local Veterans that need assistance and many others. Other support has gone to sponsoring the Doylestown Memorial Day Parade, replacing flags at local cemeteries for Memorial Day and local Scout troops. The poppy sales also supported Central Bucks High School East Wall of Honor. Recently the Post has undertaken an active role in visiting fellow veterans in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. The service of these older veterans should never be forgotten. And that is why we visit them on a constant basis.
Educational activities are also supported through the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen annual essay contests. These contests are held each fall and all Central Bucks schools grades 6-12 are urged to participate. All area schools as well as those in home school and charter school programs are urged to participate.
The Doylestown Post 175 VFW meets monthly at The Doylestown American Legion. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month beginning with refreshments at 1845.
The current commander is Colonel Gregory Marston (ret.) and he can be reached at PO Box 1533, Doylestown, PA 18901, 267-614-2498 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org