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Here is an opportunity to do something that will


Impact The Community!


Help the Veterans



Homeless Vet Care, Visit Elderly Vets Who Are In Need, Provide Financial Assistance, More



VFW 916 Helps Local Community & Vets: The members of VFW Post 916 take personal responsibility to provide for our veterans in both small and large ways.  Examples of the hard work and generosity include: providing six (6) new TVs to our comrade Vets in the Rhode Island Veterans Home, holiday visits and bingo game organization for Vet Home comrades, organizing dozens of donated items (clothing, toiletries, etc.) to our Vets in need, providing heating assistance, and other financial assistance.  


One VFW916 member even walked cross country to raise money for our service men and women who lost their lives defending our nation while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He walked again from Boston to New York City to raise funds for those victims of 911.  An individual effort which affected countless others.




VFW Buddy Poppy: The poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining local VFW, state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children.

Before every Memorial Day and Veterans Day at local stores veterans handout poppies. Please stop, thank a veteran (or Ladies Auxillary member), and get a poppy. Donations for war veterans are much appreciated.




Patriots Pen Essay Contest:  Local middle school students (grades 6-8) submit their VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay to VFW916 by Nov 1st. The winner is awarded a cash prize and then competes for the Rhode Island award.  The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 


The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.




Voice of Democracy Essay Contest: Local high school students (grades 9-12) compete for a local scholarship by expressing their views on democratic ideas and principles. Submission due to VFW916 by Nov 1st. The winner then competes to be the State champion.  The State champion competes  to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.


The State champion wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.




Visit a Vet: In December, VFW members visit our veterans in the Rhode Island Veterans Home.  Come with us as we share the gift of compasion and good cheer as we visit our fellow veterans.

Parades: Memorial Day and Veterans Day: Parades start at 10am on Main Street, South Kingstown, and are organized by VFW Post 916 every year in partnership with the Town of South Kingstown and other supporters.  Participants meet behind Benny's. Please invite family to see the parade on Main Street Wakefield and show your support for the veterans and other community volunteers.  It is great family fun!  VFW Post 916 chooses the parade Grand Marshal and is always looking for suggestions.  Camden's offers free Vet Breakfast 7 - 10 am and Elks free Vet lunch after parade.




Pearl Harbor Day Rememberance: Every year on the 7th of December at 4:30pm, a ceremony is held at the Main Street Bridge over the Saugatucket River to remember those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor and those who protected the world from tyranny.




Social Events: VFW members along with the VFW Auxilary hold numerous social events throughout the year that help support the volunteer programs that support our veterans. The State VFW Convention is held every May.  The National Convention is in July.




"Every veteran has a story," said Bob Patrick, the Director of the Veterans History Project.  "This project was made to collect those stories and explain the 'human experience' of war."  Your veteran stories are documented and saved at the Library of Congress.  




VFW Magazine: Read present and past issues of the VFW MAGAZINE .

VFW News: Our national leadership holds Congress and the VA to higher standards and pushes for legislation and action that benefits you, the veterans. 




Veteran Benefit Dinners at VFW Post 916: Join us for a fun simple meal to enjoy friendship and some laughs.  Proceeds benefit the VA Home and other veteran organizations.  See home page calendar for upcoming events.