In an effort to support veterans and the VFW, people nationwide have pledged to cut their hair this Veterans Day.
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.
Veterans of Foreign Wars is still around because they’ve adapted with the times. When the world learned of the impact of Agent Orange, they fought on the soldier’s behalf for compensation. As research continues to pour in about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, they are at the frontlines in the fight for a soldier’s rights to mental health evaluations.
Now, the VFW has teamed up with Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers to put on The Mane Event, a campaign that has already generated nearly $60,000 so the VFW can help continue fighting for soldiers past, present and future. Donations are especially important when you consider some of these statistics:
The video below to see how you can get involved. The campaign concludes on Veterans Day 2013 – November 11.