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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a military Veterans Service Organization whose membership is limited to those military veterans who served our country at time of war within an area of conflict. The VFW membership is not limited to a branch of service, military rank, or Military Occupational Specialty. VFW Post 8063 members are from all the branches and all MOS. It is YOUR military service and the risks you faced that makes you eligible to join.
Intent: The VFW exists to serve all veterans, not just our Post members, and serve the communities in which we live.
History: VFW Post 8063 was formed as a Lafayette Post in 1980-81 by Vietnam veterans and veterans from World War II and the Korean War. These veterans decided a post located in Lafayette was needed. The National VFW recognized our post and issued a Charter in 1981. VFW Post 8063 joined the American Legion Post 517 at the then-existing Veterans Building located at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and First Street in the city of Lafayette. The city of Lafayette (94549) is about 25 miles east of San Francisco.
After a few years of operation, the VFW membership recognized that many veterans were living in adjacent cities. So the Post requested the name of the post be re-chartered to the more inclusive name of Lamorinda to recognize the three main cities where our members lived: Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda. The National VFW issued a new charter with the new name and the same post number. Through the years with the efforts of many commanders and members, our membership grew to about one hundred and twenty five with members living as far away as New York, Hong Kong, Montana and Virginia. In the late 1990's the post from the city of Walnut Creek was wrapped into Post 8063 increasing our membership and the area that we represent. Membership continues to grow with new members of past wars moving into the area.
Very importantly, our newest members are the veterans of the 21st century operations returning home after service to our country from wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the other areas of operations supporting the Global War on Terrorism.
Over the years VFW Post 8063 has done many things to be of service. We helped local veterans by giving them the support they needed. The VA Veterans clinics and offices in Martinez, Concord and Palo Alto have received aid and equipment. Our Post built decks at local schools so kindergarteners could do their art projects protected from mud and built gazebos to allow seniors and others a dry place to wait for public transportation rides. We are proud of our Color Guard service at the annual City of Orinda Independence Day parade. Notably, our community has provided the post superb support at our Buddy Poppy programs. Post 8063 provides an event venue for our local Scouting program. We serve as a chartering organization for our local Cub Scouts units. Our post will continue to meet the social and special needs of our members. We will continue help all veterans and our communities. We look forward to visits from new and members from other VFW Posts.
God Bless Our Troops,
our Veterans, and
God Bless America
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