Founding the VFW
On September 29, 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
As with many wars, soldiers returning from the Spanish-American War had a difficult time readjusting to civilian life. Those who were disabled during battle or as a result of tropical diseases found little assistance from the government. There were no hospitals dedicated to treating veterans, no specialized medical care or veterans’ pensions. They were left to fend for themselves.