WELCOME TO VFW 8879

Teamwork - Leadership - Commitment
Welcome
Our Post is located in West Des Moines, Iowa. We received our Charter on January 6, 1947, and are named in honor of John Emerick and Harry Williams - both Veterans killed in WWII.

Our current membership includes 80 veterans from World War II through the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict in the Global War on Terrorism. We meet on the first Monday of the month (except July in 2021 when we meet on July 12th and September when we meet on the 13th) at 7:00 pm in the West Des Moines Community Center, 217 5th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265

Hosting educational programs and community services throughout the year emphasizes our commitment to our community.
 
 

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As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

Assistance & Benefits

Assistance & Benefits

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated

 to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families and continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families.

Post News

Important Info for Post8879 Members

GRAND MARSHAL for the West Des Moines 4th of July Parade

VFW Post 8879 is proud to announce the GRAND MARSHAL for the West Des Moines 4th of July Parade (to be held July 3rd). Roy Garcia, a Life Member of our Post is a WWII Veteran who has served our country and our community for decades. Please join in applauding him as he leads this year’s parade.

Roy Garcia is presented with a ‘Quilt of Valor’

Roy Garcia is presented with a ‘Quilt of Valor’ by Rod and Jeri Beem of the Quilts of Valor Foundation for his service in WWII where he was stationed in the Pacific. Roy was involved with the invasion of the Philippines with the 756th Field Artillery; he participated in the Luzon landing, Manila conflict and retaking of Clark Air Field. Roy is an active life member of VFW Post 8879 in West Des Moines, IA.

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Statewide News

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National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW Asks for Deeper Dive on Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON - Despite news reports of veteran suicide numbers at their lowest since 2006, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is urg...

Happy Birthday US Air Force!

WASHINGTON - On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joins in with our grateful nation in celebrating the bi...

OUR MISSION

"That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."