Mexico VFW Post 369

The VFW provides services and support to veterans, their spouses and their communities.
  • Our Commander is Russell Marsden. The Post has 290 members, residing both locally and out of state.
  • We will always be here to ensure the honor and recognition due our veterans, in life and in death. We participate in many different community service organizations.
  • We have several Post functions and events throughout the year including a Memorial Day Parade, Fish Dinners, BBQ and Chili Cook-Offs, Halloween & Christmas Parties, Car Show, Family Picnics, Full Menu Pancake Breakfasts, Retire Old Flags - Watchfire, Crazy Cash Fund Raiser, and many more activities. We provide flags and grave markers for departed comrades.
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Veterans Officers 2024 / 2025

Commander: Russell Marsden
Senior Vice Commander: Fred Baird
Junior Vice Commander: Jay Kavanaugh
Quartermaster: Scott Edwards
Chaplin: James Forkhamer Sr
Surgeon: John Fox
Adjutant: Darcy Stephens
Service Officer: John Propster
Judge Advocate: William Hartwell
Guard: Robert Munger
Trustee: 3yr James Forkhamer Jr
Trustee: 2yr Donald Babcock
Trustee: 1yr Arthur Reed

Auxiliary Officers 2024 / 2025

President: Noelle LaFlamm
Senior Vice President: Janet Phipps-Frank
Junior Vice President: Scott Furlong
Secretary: Ginger Howlett
Treasurer: Kim Rasbeck
Chaplin: Lonnie Dimon
Conductress: Dorisanne Mullen
Patriotic Instructor: Diane Boyd
Guard: Ronnie Peterson
Trustee 3yr: Frank McKee
Trustee 2yr: Lonnie Dimon
Trustee 1yr: Jim Bach

VFW Post 369 History

Special thanks to John Castle

In Honor and Memory of Those who Served and Died in Defense of our Country... • Past • Present • Future


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Programs & Projects

For over 100 years, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has proudly served America through dozens of programs and projects.

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View the sequence of events which led up to our Post moving from the old building on Main St. to the new facility on Scenic Ave. This was one of the most significant events in our local history.

VFW New Building Project Early Stages

New Building Construction Galleries


If you would like to make a contribution, please get in touch with us.

Contributions can be in any form, including monetary, volunteering of your time, or donations of materials needed for ongoing and upcoming special projects.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Tim & Ruth Ann Searles - New Haven Building Supply for their ongoing support.


Welcome to the VFW Post 369 Auxiliary. We support the spouses of vets and are proactive with community involvement. We currently have 193 members.


Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Post located at 5931 Scenic Ave., Mexico, NY.


This is a temporary change due to the COVID virus.


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VFW Mission

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.4 million members in approximately 9,000 Posts worldwide. Its mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.


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.


The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical center 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 in Washington, D.C.


In 2001, VFW unveiled its tribute to service and country with its dedication of Centennial Plaza.


Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.


From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there--honoring the dead by helping the living.


Read about the Origins of Veterans Day

Photo Gallery

We hope you enjoy viewing the new VFW Post construction project below.


Your questions and comments are always welcome.


VFW Post 369
5931 Scenic Ave
Mexico, NY 13114