VFW Post 2427, located at 14408 Alice Road Tomball, Texas 77377 (281) 351-2427, is a chartered local entity of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America. We are at the same time dependent and independent. We are dependent upon the Congress of the United States and the national organization of the Veterans of Foreign wars for our existence. Under the provisions of our charter we are subject to the rules and regulations of the national organization and of the Department of the State of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars. At the the same time, our charter provides us with the means of independence from other local entities of the VFW wherein we elect our officers, govern ourselves, own our own property, and control our finances. As a locally chartered entity of the VFW we are committed to serving the area of the community in which we exist.
The members of VFW Post 2427 (a 501(3)c non-profit charitable organization) are engaged in fund-raising activities such as dances, and hall rental in order to engage in charitable activity in the community, in support of needy and disabled veterans and their families, provide scholarship to deserving students, and to maintain our considerable facilities. We are reputed to be the largest charitable donor in the community. For these reasons, we receive a lot of financial support from businesses and philanthropists in the area, for which we are grateful.
All of the members of our Post, like all members of the VFW, are required to have served in harm’s way in the military armed services of the Unites States in which those services were lawfully engaged in combat. Many of our members received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat; some were disabled in some way; some received medals of commendation for distinguished combat service; all feel committed to serve again if the need should ever arise; all are committed to service in the community in which they live. They served, and continue to serve, in order that others may enjoy the freedom with which they were endowed by their Creator
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
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.
Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.