Photo via the Library of Congress

They arrived in groups, many of them arm in arm with the brothers they'd served with on the front lines across Europe. Many sported their uniforms and carried the gear that had saved their lives in wartime. Just as they'd done before, they were fighting for a righteous cause. This time, however, they weren’t marching against the Germans. They were marching on Washington, and the year was 1932.

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U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn

On Sept. 29, 1899, a group of 13 veterans gathered together and decided there was a cause to which they personally related and collectively wanted to advocate for. Instead of just screaming on the street corner, they banded together and formed an organization now known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, or the VFW.

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