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Trump speaks at 119th annual VFW convention

President Donald J. Trump arrives at the Memorial Amphitheater during the 149th annual Department of Defense (DoD) National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery, May 29, 2017. Senior leadership from around the DoD gathered to honor America’s fallen military service members. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)
July 24, 2018

President Donald Trump spoke at the 119th Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

Thousands of VFW and Auxiliary members met at the Bartle Hall Kansas City Convention Center for the gathering, which ends July 25.

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The nonprofit is the nation’s oldest major war veterans’ organization, tracing its roots back to 1899.

The VFW’s mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts, the organization says, and to “serve our veterans, the military and our communities,” as well as to advocate on behalf of all veterans.

Its 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.”

The VFW lives by the phrase “No one does more for veterans.”

Its core values are:

  • Always put the interests of our members first
  • Treat donors as partners in our cause
  • Promote patriotism
  • 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