Criteria to receive the award are set by the VFW State Headquarters for recognizing posts' community service work in their local area. This year, 68 VFW posts from across the nation received this national award. Each post received a reflective street sign to display in their city recognizing this award. These posts are outstanding examples of the over 8.5 million hours of community service valued at over $236 million performed by VFW volunteers last year.
While honoring the award recipients, VFW Commander-in-Chief Richard L. DeNoyer said, "Through our community service program, we build a better, stronger America, and we fulfill our commitment to serve America's veterans and their families. This post has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their community. Their exemplary service is an example to citizens across this great nation."
In addition to community service effort, the VFW assists veterans and their families to obtain veterans' entitlements and other services for the well being of those serving on active duty, in the National Guard and the Reserves. The VFW was founded in 1899. Three are over two million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries, located in approximately 7,300 posts worldwide.