Win a US M-1 Garand Rifle, or an AR-15 Rifle, or $1000 Cash, Winners Choice. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25, drawing is held the first Tuesday in May, need not be present to win. And as a special recruiting incentive, Veterans who are eligible for a new VFW Membership will receive a 1-year membership (normal cost $35) if they buy 3 tickets for $25 and ask for the new member special.
Before Memorial Day in 1922, we conducted our first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today.
Coming home doesn't mean the battle is over. With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!! If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, we have people that have shared a similar experience and are ready to help.
Born to a prominent family April 27, 1891, in Topeka, Kansas, Louis Philip Billard learned to fly at an early age. Topeka aviator and aircraft builder, A. K. Longren, was his instructor and provided aircraft for Billard to fly.
Billard's flights around the capital city were frequently mentioned in the Topeka papers. This attention was due partly to the public's fascination with this new invention and to the fact that Billard was the son of Topeka mayor, J. B. Billard. His father was quoted in 1912 the Topeka Daily Capital as being "opposed to his son purchasing the racing biplane, because of the dangers of flying, but Phil wanted something that was faster than an auto. . ."
His father's concerns about the dangers of flying were well founded. Many pilots had accidents in these early aircraft.
Billard volunteered for service as a pilot when the U.S. entered World War I. He trained in Colorado, California, and New York, before he was assigned the duty of test pilot in France. While serving as a test pilot and instructor during World War I in France, Billard died July 24, 1918, when his plane disintegrated. In 1940 the Philip Billard Airport in Topeka, Kansas, was dedicated to his memory.
Our 15th Annual POW/MIA Memorial Golf Tournament is happening this year on Saturday August 19th, 2023 at 8:30 am. We'll be having it at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Topeka, KS. If you haven't signed up yet with your team or to be a sponsor, please do so! POC for team registration and sponsorship is Brian, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.