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Veterans of Foreign Wars Established 1899 in Denver, CO

The Oldest Post with the Youngest Membership

VFW Post 1VFW Post 1 is the first and oldest VFW Post in existence. It was founded in 1899 by members of the First Colorado Volunteers returning from the Philippines during the Spanish American War and commanded by General Irving Hale.  The first meeting took place in the Colorado State Capitol on Dec. 1, 1899 and the organization has been meeting every month since then.

Today, the VFW is one of the largest and most active veterans organizations in the United States and Post 1 continues the tradition of being on the forefront of service to Veterans and to our country.

We actively select programs and partners who assist veterans from WWII to Operation Enduring Freedom. We understand the current-day veteran community is far more diverse than it was 10 years ago, which is why we are committed to gaining new members who are of all ages, genders and conflicts.

We want to put services at the forefront of what we do and leave the old stigma of dark, smoky bars that the VFW has been known for in the past.  Post 1 supports over 20 Veterans Organizations and attracts five to twenty new members monthly because of the work we do in the community.Post 1 bowling sept 2013

Our members serve as subject matter experts in areas of PTS, Homelessness, Veteran Employment, MST, Student Veterans and more. Members testify at State hearings, serve on Veteran issue panels for both Colorado US Senators, Military Service Academy Interview Panels or Members come just to be with other Veterans who they can relate with and share experiences both from active duty and current days.  While at the same time, Post 1 fosters the camaraderie that we held dear during our active duty days.  Simply put, when you are a Veteran in Colorado, you are not alone. You have friends and family at Post 1.

Come see what’s happening at your Post 1…

Post 1 has been named Small Non Profit of the Year!

We are honored by this award and thank the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for it’s time and selection. We would like to acknowledge that the Executive Directors for the two other finalists are Veterans, including our own Joe Lewis with Angels of America’s Fallen. Bravo Zulu all!

Post Happenings

Post 1 is an active member of the Denver Community. In addition to the many Veteran organizations and individual Veterans that we support, we are involved with the business community. By educating the community of who we are, our historical tie to Denver and what Post 1 does, we create a Veteran network and alliances to further our mission. At the same time, we have fun together….


non profit of the year 2014

 Members of Post 1 accept the Small Non Profit of the Year by the Denver Chamber of Commerce