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Our November 4 7:00 PM meeting will be held via Zoom.  Please contact us at vfwpost981@gmail. com if you wish to receive an invitation to participate.   We will be updating our website and calendar of future events as soon as more information is available.  We are working to safely meet at Wheeling AMVETS for future meetings.

About the Veterans of Foreign Wars 

The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service.  These chapters were merged in 1914 to form the VFW which was incorporated in 1918.  There are currently 1.4 million men and women who belong to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Why You Should Join the Veterans of Foreign Wars

After serving our country eligible veterans deserve access to VA Benefits and payments for service-related disabilities.  Yet, without a large organization fighting to get and keep what you earned, you could wind up with nothing!

When you become part of the VFW, your voice is heard.  Your have access to resources that will answer your questions and advise you about your rights. And you will be among those who know what you experienced.

About VFW Post 981

Chartered as Arlington VFW Post 981 on October 5 1922 in Arlington Heights, IL, it is one of the oldest VFW posts in Illinois.

Regular meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month starting at 7:00 PM

At VFW Post 981  monthly meetings the business portion of the meeting is followed by a supper and beverages provided by the Post.

There is usually one outside outing for Post members every few months, costing Post members and their guest a nominal amount, most of the expense being subsidized by the Post.  We have gone to baseball and hockey games, movies and Arlington Racetrack. Our Christmas party features an open bar, appetizers, gourmet meal, and entertainment, once again at a nominal cost to our members.

VFW Post 981 Supports Veterans & Active Duty

The Post supports and participates in events benefiting veterans and active duty troops.  See the article about our participation in Help USA Troops:

2019 Help USA Troop Event

We raise money through Poppy sales and sales of caps and stickers to the public to be used only for veteran and service member relief.

As a Post we march in Arlington Heights Memorial Day and 4th of July and other parades in the suburbs we represent.  We observe Veterans Day with a 21-gun salute at our AMVETS Wheeling meeting place .

Our color guard pays tribute to departed members of our Post.  It participates in various activities that honor fellow veterans and our country.  See our color guard in the Buffalo Grove 2019 Labor Day Parade on September 1 2019 as covered by The Daily Herald newspaper:

VFW Post 981 Color Guard

You can see pictures from some of our various Post activites and read our 2018 Award-winning Newsletter here (Newsletters & Post Activities)


Membership is earned through service to our country in our armed forces outside the 50 states and possessions in times of hostilities.  Click Here for information on joining our post.

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VFW Post 981 uses the facilities of AMVETS Post 66 located at 700 McHenry Road, Wheeling IL 60090.  Look
for VFW sign under AMVETS signs.  For directions see their facebook AMVETS Post 66  or call 847-537-0440.

   If you are interested in further information call our Commander, Matt Voss at 847-382-4150.

Or send an e-mail to vfwpost981@gmail.com  or mail us at P.O. Box 825, Arlington Heights, IL 60006.

Last Updated October 15 2020