The Department has scheduled free summer Officer Training events to help Post Officers understand and fulfill their duties. These sessions are of great importance to both new and experienced Post officers. The format will be a combination of brief presentations, breakouts and question-and-answer periods.

Even if you have attended one of these sessions before, you will benefit from the updates, rules changes and new discussion opportunities. Each

Post is encouraged to send several officers to create teamwork. State HQs will mail details to Post Commanders. Dress is casual with VFW Cap. All sessions begin at 9 a.m. (coffee/donuts at 8 a.m.; lunch at noon) except as otherwise noted.

SOUTHWESTERN PA OTI – August 4th, VFW Post 7505, Mars

NORTHWESTERN PA OTI – August 5th, VFW Post 2006, Meadville

SOUTHCENTRAL PA – “Flying Squadron” August 10th-11th, Radisson, Camp Hill Required for State VFW Officers and Program Leaders – By Invitation Only

SOUTHCENTRAL PA OTI – August 12th, Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill NORTHCENTRAL PA OTI – August 13th, VFW Post 1754, Huntingdon – 6 p.m.

NORTHEASTERN PA OTI – August 18th, VFW Post 5544, Jessup

SOUTHEASTERN PA OTI – August 19th, VFW Post 2819, Philadelphia

Incoming State Commander Thomas Hanzes encourages all Posts to participate in one of these sessions. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done using the form that will be mailed to all Posts. For more information, call State HQ at (717) 234-7927.

119th VFW National Convention
Kansas City, Mo., has been selected as host city for the 119th VFW National Convention, July 21-25, 2018.

Thousands of VFW and Auxiliary members will convene from all over the world at the Bartle Hall Kansas City Convention Center, in a city that is having its moment now! The Huffington Post recently named Kansas City the coolest city in America, Travel + Leisure has named KC the #1 affordable getaway 5 years in a row and Yelp named the Nelson-Atkins Museum the best in the country.

From its top chefs that keep winning notoriety to its makers and doers, like Baldwin Denim and Christopher Elbow Chocolates, who keep creating a nationwide buzz … if there were an award for making visitors feel like locals, Kansas City would grab that title, too. Plan your visit and see everything Kansas City has to offer here.

Housing for the 119th VFW National Convention is now open! Hotel space fills up quickly, so make your reservation today. Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.

As of June 18, National Headquarters reported that all reserved rooms for the VFW have been booked. In the event a hotel or hotels sell out completely, we will make every attempt, based on availability, to secure additional rooms at that hotel or to secure overflow rooms at other nearby hotels. If this occurs beyond the cut-off date, June 18, a determination will be made if VFW National is in a position to sign a contract for overflow hotel/s and to be obligated should those contracted overflow rooms not be utilized.

For more information, go online to or call 877-464-6840 (980-337-3372 internationally).