VFW Post 1461 is committed to an ongoing project of sending packages to deployed troops from our area. During the last few years we have shipped over 27,000 pounds of items to servicemen & women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please check the link to the left for a list of suggested items. Donations of products or cash for postage may be dropped off anytime at the VFW, 1310 W. Lincoln Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. One hundred percent of any cash donation is used solely for the servicemen.

In addition to collecting items for the overseas soldiers, we are looking for addresses of local deployed soldiers who would like a care package from our club. Please let us know their complete and accurate addresses, and we’ll try to send them a care package of personal items and food products. If you know when they’ll be returning to the States, try to give us an approximate date, so that we may avoid sending packages that end up in limbo. Let us know who you are as well, so that we can include a card in his/her care package.

Many, many thanks to the Greater Rockford Area Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 272 of Rockford, Illinois, for their tireless efforts in collecting items for overseas soldiers. They have teamed up with Cherryvale Mall and our VFW Club to place a collection box at Cherryvale Mall. Their members have gone to local business and convinced them to donate many items for free or at a reduced cost. It is through their efforts that our drive has received newspaper coverage. Thank you KWVA 272!

We also wish to thank the Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry in Capron for their generous donation of items. Several soldiers are already enjoying the gum, Certs, wipes, lotion, etc. Also known as the “Miracle on Fifth Street”, this is a great organization with a big heart.

Attention Returning Soldiers

The VFW Post 1461 is honored to pay the first year’s membership dues for any soldier who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan, or any other VFW qualifying campaign over the last 10 years. If you think you may be eligible, click on the membership tab and complete the application or contact us and we will send one to you.

Please contact the VFW will any questions you may have regarding our troops program.