Reaching out into our communities is vital to our organization, developing relationships with community leaders, media, school faculty and local civic groups can greatly assist each post in achieving the VFW mission.  Each post is expected to engage in and report Community Service projects. All projects will be reported using the Department Activity Report form, using the guidelines set forth by the Activities Evaluation Director. The Program reporting period is  May 1, 20223 through April 30, 2024

Post Division Awards 


Three (3) awards will be given in each division for the most credited reports using the April 30, 2024 Department Activities Reports.  These Post Divisions based on membership are as follows:

                                          I                               10-65

                                         II                              66-125

                                         III                            126-225

                                         IV                            226 & OVER   


Post Special Project Award

If your Post, County Council, or District conducted a special project that you think should be nationally recognized by VFW National Headquarters, we would like to hear from you.

To be considered your entry must include the following:

     1) ENTRY FORM, signed by the Department Community Service

          Director and the Department Adjutant.  This form must be the first page in your 3-ring

          binder.  It is imperative that this form be completed accurately and legibly.         

     2)  Copy of the minutes of the VFW meeting at which the project was authorized.

     3)  Signed statement from the Commander summarizing the impact of the project.

     4)  Photos (limit of twenty) of the activity.  

     5)  Newspaper clippings featuring the project.  

     6)  Letters of congratulations/recognition from civic land local leaders.

     7)  Copy of the budget/expense sheet

     8)  Narrative telling how the project was planned and executed and its impact on the 


Judging is conducted solely on the basis of the information indicated above.  Points are awarded for each element and points will be deducted for missing items.  All documentation must be limited to one 3-ring binder.  It is highly recommended that all documents, photos, newspaper articles etc be placed in document protectors.   The Department will recognize all Posts and Districts that engage in unique, extraordinary community service projects that go above and beyond what is expected.  These projects will then be submitted for consideration to the national VFW Special Projects Award Progam.    Projects must be executed and nominated within the 12 months preceding national judging.  Deadline for submission to the Department Community Service Director is April 1, 2024.  

Community Service Director :

Community Service Director : Gregory B. Allen

 Mailed to 3601 Beaverdlae Dr., Des Moines, IA 50310

 Emailed to:

Each District will select a District winner from among the Post submissions.  District Commanders will establish the procedures for selecting the District winner; for example, the District Commander may select the winner, let a committee select the winner or have a committee pick the top three (3) or (4) candidates from which the District Commander will select a winner.  The Post that submitted the winning entry in each District will receive an additional five (5) All State points.  

District Commander will sign and date the nomination forms, check the yes or no box to indicate whether or not the entry was the winning entry from their District and forward all nomination forms, and the required narratives, to the State Community Service Director.  One (1) entry, from among the twelve (12) District winners, will then be selected as the Department of Michigan New Member Community Service Volunteer of the Year.  The Post that submitted the winning entry at Department level will receive an additional five (5) All State points.  The Department winner will be appropriately and publicly recognized at the State Convention in June.

National Outstanding Community Service Post Award

The Department of Iowa is required to select two Posts to receive the National Outstanding Community Service Post Award at the VFW National Convention.  The award includes a plaque inscribed with the name of the VFW Post and its Auxiliary (if applicable), a $599 stipend to cover part of the Post Representative's expenses to National Convention, publication of the Post's name in the Convention program booklet and a street sign identifying this national award for the Post to put up in their community.

The selection criteria for this award is as follows:

      1)  Must be 100% reported in Community Activities

      2)  Must be 100% reported in Hospital

      3)  Must be 100% reported Youth Activities

      4)  Must be 100% reported Drug and Safety

      5)  Must actively support and participate in Voice of Democracy/Patriot Pen/Teacher of the

           Year Programs       

      6)  Must participate in the Buddy Poppy program

      7)  Demonstrate an active involvement in the community

      8)  Must support the Commander's Special Project with donations

      9)  Other criteria as may be required by the Department Commander

The Department Community Service Committee is dedicated to provide you with the support and encouragement your Post/District needs for a successful year.

Gold Star Mothers PrograBLUE STAR MOTHERS

Blue Star Mothers are composed of mothers that have a son or daughter serving in the Military today.  The Commander suggests that we start working more with this organization by offering our Posts as meetings places for these mothers and helping them.

Gold Star Mothers is composed of American mothers who lost a son or daughter during World War II. the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Beirut, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, all Strategic Areas, or while in service to our country.  Gold Star Mothers serve an important role in our VA healthcare system.

The Commander suggests supporting Gold Star Mothers though financial contributions which can be made from the Post Relief Fund. One (1) point for each $25 donated, four (4) points max, to the Gold Star Mothers. Donations must go through the Department of Iowa VFW earmarked Gold Star Mothers to receive points toward All-State Honors. 

Community Service Director : Gregory B. Allen

 Mailed to 3601 Beaverdlae Dr., Des Moines, IA 50310

 Emailed to: