About the VFW
Welcome to Bremen Post 2791, located on historic Oak Park Avenue in the heart of Olde Towne Tinley Park. Our Post has been an active part of the community for over 75 years. As our community has grown, so has our Post. Our membership currently exceeds 600 Veterans, along with over 50 members of the Auxiliary.
Bremen Post 2791 has been recognized as an All-State Post over 30 times and, an All American Post 3 times. We are currently the largest Post in the 16th district and one of the largest posts in the state of Illinois by membership.
Our Post home was originally the site of the Lehman Brothers gas station/automotive repair shop. In 1947 the Bremen Township Veterans Club was formed. Anyone who was eligible to join the V.F.W. became a member of the BTVC. The club was formed because in those days banks were reluctant to loan money for a VFW because if the Post could not make it financially the VFW National organization would take it over and the bank would not be able to recover their money. The property was then purchased at a cost of $7,000, with a mortgage personally secured by five of the charter members. They were Walter Mager, Edward Cupp, Lloyd Maxwell, Charlie Wolf and Bill Mancke. The old building was demolished in 1983 and a new 5000 square foot structure was built under the direction of Post Commander Eldon Miller with the expectation that it would be sufficient space for decades to come. However as we continued to grow we saw the need to expand, and in 1998, under the direction of Post Commander Tom Nelson we added a 2500 square foot addition to the east end of our building. We expanded our popular banquet hall and added an all new canteen to service our members.
Our Post is also the meeting place for many other Veterans organizations. We host our VFW Auxiliary as well as the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 23, the American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association Chapter 10, the Marine Corps League, Kevin Clarke detachment, and the U.S. Submarine Veterans. If you are interested in joining any or many of these groups look below for their meeting dates.
We currently host many functions at the Post, such as Lenten Friday Fish Fry events, spaghetti dinners, fundraiser's and District functions. Please browse thru our site to find out more about these events and functions. We are always in the process of improving our site on a regular basis so we can provide you with current and relevant information. Please be patient, it took us over 75 years to get this far.
Congratulations are in order for our newly elected Officers. Ken Wrezzes will lead the Post in 2020-2021. Christine Hansley is the newly elected President of the VFW Auxiliary. The new leaders and their elected and appointed Officers take over at the close of our Department Convention in June 2020, and will serve in their offices until the next convention in 2021.
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.
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations that would eventually band together and become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After 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. In 2008, we won a long-fought victory with the passing of a 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, and continually fight for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans.
Besides helping fund 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 new 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.
Our Core Values:
Always put the interests of our members first
Treat donors as partners in our cause
Honor military service
Ensure the care of veterans and their families
Serve our communities
Promote a positive image of the VFW
Respect the diversity of veteran opinions
Ensure the care of veterans and their families
Always receive their earned entitlements
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