The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves. 
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. 

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.


MAY 16th, District meeting at Coraopolis VFW.
It is with great disappointment we have had to make the decision to cancel the 2021 Memorial Day Parade.

However, Post 402 will remain active throughout Memorial Day weekend.  We will be offering multiple opportunities for the community to participate and remember those that have given the greatest sacrifice for our freedom.
Saturday, May 29: Buddy Poppy Sales at many of our local store fronts.  Profits from Buddy Poppies funds our veteran assistance programs.  When you see our team out there, please be generous.

Annually, the members of Keith-Holmes Post 402, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW Auxiliary and American Legion attend services at a local church to honor deceased Post members, Auxiliary members and all area veterans.

     This year V.F.W. and Auxiliary members will attend a service on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

 Pastor Tom Petrovsky

Presbyterian Church Coraopolis

1201 5th Avenue


Sunday, May 30: Our Color Guard will be holding our annual Memorial Honor Roll at area cemeteries and memorials offering our salute to those that have served. 
 2021 Schedule for services

10:30 AM            Coraopolis Cemetery

10:50 AM            Resurrection Cemetery 

11:15 AM            Moon Twp. Memorial (Police Station)

12:00  PM           Sharon Cemetery

12:25  PM           St. Joseph Cemetery

  1:00 PM            Sewickley Memorial

  1:30 PM            Glenwillard Honor Roll

  2:30 PM            Ferree Burial Plot (Coraopolis)

  2:50 PM            Groveton Honor Roll

  3:10 PM            Neville Island Honor Roll

  3:30 PM            WWI Honor Roll (Post 402)

 The public is invited to attend these services.

Monday, May 31: Memorial Dedication at Post 402 from 11-1.  Stay tuned for more information.
The success of these events relies heavily on volunteer and community support.  If interested in joining our team or assisting in any manner, please message us or contact the post directly.
February 15, 2021
Doors open at 5:00pm 
Covid restrictions will be applied. 
For questions please call
Jean at 412-584-1689

July 4, 2020
Keith-Holmes VFW Post 402 Veterans War Memorial Park
Sponsorship  Pavers for the new Memorial are now on sale.
With the new  Veterans War Memorial construction complete, we are still looking for businesses, groups, and individuals willing to   purchase pavers to offset construction  costs , as well as ongoing maintenance and care.    Reach out directly to the post for more information on this project and to find out more about other upcoming initiatives.


June 1, 2020 
Coraopolis Military Tribute Banners

Coraopolis Home Town Hero’s Banner application will be available at the Borough Bldg, Library and VFW. Cost is $110 per banner.

 Click Here to download the application.