The website pages below may or may not appear in the order discussed because they may be moved to add clarity or change seasonal importance. This page was last updated on August 22, 2023.
DEPARTMENT OF ALABAMA VFW
The website pages below may or may not appear in the order discussed because they may be moved to add clarity or change seasonal importance. The Webmaster will try to maintain this guide; however, you may email the webmaster if you have any questions.
There are seven sub-headings shown across the top of this website:
Login * **
* The down arrowheads indicate that the page contains a drop-down menu with additional options. This means that by clicking on the down arrowhead, these options appear for the user to select.
** Log in with your VFW Member Number and Lname (last name) to see members-only content. Your password can be changed. If you need help, email the webmaster.
On the Home Page: https://vfwal.org.
The Sliders at the top of the page show important information, including:
Getting Help – Suicide Prevention
Remembrance Day (Variable)
Buddy Poppy Program
Stewarding the Organization
Options under the "About” tab (primarily for non-members):
Search this Site -- A Google-powered, site-specific search for all documents, pages, and references within the VFWAL.org website.
Guide to this Website – This guide describes what is under each tab with a brief description of the section.
About Us – This is a brief Department of Alabama VFW history.
Auxiliary– This describes the Department of Alabama VFW Auxiliary.
Donations– Directs visitors to the Department of Alabama VFW donation platform.
FAQs– Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
Find a Post– This page lists all the districts and the posts under the district with hyperlinks to their web pages, social media sites, and contact information for each post.
Membership– This is how to become a member of the VFW and what membership offers you.
Mission– This is the National VFW and the Department of Alabama’s Mission Statements.
Officers– This section contains photos and biographies of Department of Alabama officers.
Online Store – This page lets you buy VFW and other merchandise. Check this often, as the items for sale change regularly.
Our Local Veteran Allies – This section is dedicated to our Veteran support allies.
Photo Gallery– Many pictures of what is happening in and around the Department.
Sponsorship– Sponsorship is a special category of donors that entails a great deal of advertising on our website and the ability to edit your web page on our website. There is an ability to use a credit card to become a sponsor.
Options under the "Programs” tab (primarily for members):
Program Deadlines – lists the Post, District, and Department Deadlines.
Buddy Poppy – The VFW Buddy Poppy program compensates the veterans who assemble the poppies and provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs.
Community Initiatives – This page lists all the current community initiatives impacting Veterans.
Community Service – Reaching out to our communities is vital to our organization.
Department Recognized Veterans Events – This page lists all the veteran-related events recognized within the Department of Alabama (The list is not all-inclusive).
Flag Etiquette– This page covers everything related to the American Flag, such as flag code, display, precedence, and disposal.
Legislative– This page identifies the recent legislative victories, priorities, and goals of the VFW’s legislative efforts.
POW/MIA– This page describes the VFW position we will never forget: the Prisoners of War and the Missing in Action.
Public Servant – This page describes the annual public servant awards the VFW recognizes.
Safety– This page describes the Safety and Recognition programs of the VFW.
Student Veterans of America – This page describes various scholarships and grant opportunities for student Veterans.
Troop Support– This page describes the VFW’s Adopt a Unit and Military Assistance Programs.
Veterans Affairs Resources - Helpful Information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veteran Affairs - State of Alabama - The State of Alabama landing page for valuable resources.
Veterans Memorials Within the State – This page lists the Veterans Memorials and Military Related Memorials and locations within the Department of Alabama (The list is not all-inclusive).
Veteran’s Outreach – This page provides information regarding the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline.
Youth and Education – This page describes the youth scholarships, scout of the year, teacher of the year, and VFW in the classroom.
Option under the "Resources” tab (primarily for members):
2023-24 School of Instruction Materials - Foundation for Training District and Post Officers.
Contact the Dept Webmaster – External link that serves as a help ticket.
Department Guides, Bylaws, and Other Rules – This page includes the National and Department of Alabama Bylaws, The Department Commander’s Guide, and Alabama Canteen Rules.
Department Forms – Includes the Buddy Poppy Order Form.
Orders – This page links the Current and previous
Department of Alabama General Orders.
Suicide Prevention Program – This site provides information on Suicide Prevention Resources and Assistance Programs.
Talking Points – If you are talking with a potential member, this section provides the information you might use to convince the potential member to join.
Training, Forms, and Templates – National Website resources. Requires VFW.org / ID.me login.
Veterans Benefits and Assistance – This area lists veterans’ benefits and assistance programs.
Veteran Discounts – A listing of veterans’ discounts in the general community.
Veterans Service Officer - State of Alabama – This page provides a description and contact numbers for the county Veteran’s Service Officers in Alabama.
Options under the "News” tab:
Podcast– The monthly/weekly National VFW podcast is shown here.
News– This page shows National and Department of Alabama news items. This item filters DOWN to subordinate units.
Calendar– This page shows the calendars for the current month and future District, Department, and National months.
Recent Event News – This page talks about an event that just occurred. This includes a description and photos of the event.
Social Media Posts -- This is a direct feed from the VFW Department of Alabama’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles.
Suggestion Box –This page allows you to provide suggestions to the VFW Department of Alabama for this website and general suggestions.
Thank you, Sponsors and Donors – This is a listing of all those companies and individuals that have contributed to the success of the VFW Department of Alabama.
VFW Action Corps – This page describes the VFW Action Corps grassroots effort. This effort is a way that anyone interested in helping the VFW can help the VFW achieve its goals.
#Still Serving– This page allows access to the National VFW #Still Serving Page. #Still Serving shares stories of VFW veterans and how they help their Posts.
Under the "Contact” menu:
You will see the Department phone number during office hours and complete a form to email to the Department Headquarters.
Under the "Login” menu, there is only one option:
Members Only – This section contains information specifically for VFW members, Post Officers, District Officers, and Department Officers. In the log-in section, enter your VFW membership number as your username printed on your card. Your password is your last name with only the first letter capitalized, all other letters small, and with no spaces, hyphens, or other special characters.
Items Included Members Only:
Department and District Roster 2024
Contact the Webmaster
Council of Administration Minutes
Department Convention 2023
As an aside:
You ONLY need to use the Login menu when you want to use the "Members Only” option. There is no need to log in to use any other option on the website.
Post Officers are the normal users of "Webmail.”
Only the webmasters can use "Site Admin.”