VFW National Veterans & Military Support (NVMS) promotes positive awareness of the VFW through community involvement, communication tools, and financial support to qualified military service members.  With the variety of support offered, three separate programs were developed under the VFW National Veterans & Military Support department.  These programs are Operation Uplink™, Military Assistance Program, and Unmet Needs; all of which are funded solely by the generosity of donors. 

MAP Program

 The VFW Military Assistance Program is working to give service members and their families the help they need before, during, and after deployment.  The program is conducted through local VFW channels to assist in sponsoring numerous morale-boosting send-offs and homecomings.  The events—which often include free entertainment, food, and other festivities—are held at military bases across the nation, as well as local VFW Posts.  

A large part of MAP is the Adopt-a-Unit program, providing VFW Posts and the Auxiliaries the opportunity to adopt military units around the world.  Adopt-a-Unit's goal is to develop supportive relationships with units before, during, and after deployments helping to deliver the vast network of resources the VFW has available to the military.  Troop Support

 UNMET Needs

 VFW Unmet Needs helps service members and their families who face unexpected financial difficulties, often as a result of deployments or other military-related activity or injury.  Military families can apply for financial aid grants of up to $1,500 to assist with basic needs in the form of a grant - not a loan - so no repayment is required; to further ease the burden, the creditor is paid directly. Financial Grants


Adopt A Unit Application

Adopt A Unit Report

Map Documents

Uplink Virtual Pins

As an organization comprised entirely of combat veterans, we understand the importance of keeping military families in touch. That's why in 1996 we created a calling program for deployed service members that provides free phone time to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized veterans.

The program initially began with calling cards for deployed and hospitalized troops and included several days throughout the year when deployed service members could call home calls for free. To date, the VFW has provided more than 10 million free connections for service members and their families.

If you have questions or would like to request phone time for your loved one, contact Veterans & Military Support 

Unmet Needs Documents