The Veterans of Foreign Wars has many valuable programs to support our veterans, their families and our communities. In addition to the ones listed, check out these opportunities below:

Dara McGuinness, Program Manager for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is excited to work with the US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Legacy Project to commemorate Veterans and service members interred in VA national cemeteries and VA grant-funded state, territorial, and tribal Veterans cemeteries through the discovery and sharing of their stories. As a part of this grant, they are launching the 2024 War II: Portraits of Service Awards.

According to the National WWII Museum, only 167,284 WWII veterans were still alive at the end of 2022, just one percent of the sixteen million Americans who served during the defining military conflict of the twentieth century. As the WWII generation recedes into history, GLI believes that it is essential to instill in younger generations a deeper understanding of their service and sacrifice. The Portraits of Service contest aims to encourage students to commemorate their stories.

Students will create a biographical portrait of a WWII veteran. Portraits could include written reports, eulogies, videos, podcasts, poems, or songs. A teacher or guardian can submit student work on their behalf. GLI will offer ten $500 awards to top submissions, and winners will be featured on our website. The deadline to submit is Friday, May 3, at 8:00 am EST.

The GLI is looking to involve the students in your network in this commemoration of Veteran history in the United States. Please help us in our mission by spreading the word and sharing the award info: veterans-legacy-program/ student-contest

HORSES HELPING HEROS is a (H3) is a FREE horse-based wellness program open to Military Veterans and Service Members in the Des Moines area and nearby counties. Participants interact with horses to increase trust, decrease stress, build relationships, and find purpose. For more information click HERE.