30 Years In Service to Veterans The Angeles City Veterans of Foreign Wars post was chartered on April 12, 1987, here in Angeles City, Philippines. Our first commander was Joseph Carlsley who served a subsequent
term until 1989. We are the second largest post overseas and the fifteenth largest post world-wide. Initially working out of various halls and venues for two years,
a house was rented on Santol Street and converted into the
post headquarters. With these humble beginnings, we have proudly created
a haven and meeting place for our beloved veterans. We salute you.
Our current post commander is Norme Smith. Commander Smith served in the US Air Force from June 1980 and retired as Master Sergeant in July 2000.
US MILITARY VETERANS IN THE PHILIPPINES belonging to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States can help protect your earned benefits as a Veteran. Through our lobbying efforts we provide a single voice for your concerns directly to Congress and the President, backed by the power of our unified voting membership. Additionally, highly trained Service Officers stand ready to assist with individual VA entitlements, benefits and claims. VFW Post 2485 in Angeles City, Pampanga is centrally located to one of the largest OCONUS Veteran population centers in the world with close proximity to Subic and Metro Manila.The Department of the Pacific Areas Service Officer, who can represent veterans before the VA through a Power of Attorney, is also located at Post 2485. In Manila we have the only VA Regional Office outside the United States. However, this accomplishes little for you if you have not applied for benefits, or are not properly represented. The Department Service Officer maintains an office at the VA Regional Office in Manila if this is more convenient for you. We are here to help if you reach out, let us know you and join Post 2485. Our Department Service Officer is Donald Melendy email email@example.com
We are one of the largest VFW Posts worldwide with over 1650 members. Our Post Home in Angeles City hosts a full-service Bar and Restaurant, Business Center and RAO Mailroom. If you have not visited our facility, please do so when in the area. Our programs provide a wide range of services to our membership as well as the local community. For over two decades Post 2485 maintained the Veterans Cemetery at Clark and we continue to provide an Honor Guard and burial assistance to families to help assure our departed comrades are honorably buried. In fact, our Post was instrumental in getting the American Battle Monuments Commission to assume responsibility for the care and future administration of this honored cemetery which includes war dead from the Spanish American and Philippine American Wars, to include several Civil War Veterans who later served in the Philippines.
Also of interest is our support for the return of the Bells of Balangiga. Balangiga is a small town in Southern Samar and the site of a tragic event that occurred in 1901 during the dark days of the U.S. – Philippine relationship. As a matter of reconciliation, many members of our Post are working with other Veteran organizations to help facilitate the return of the Bells to the church tower in Balangiga from which they were removed and to help create a new Philippine American War Memorial Plaza honoring those that died on both sides of the war.
We are also involved in numerous community service activities such as supporting the Boy Scouts of America, a recycling program, and providing free mahogany trees for planting to help make a greener Philippines. However, our flagship initiative involves providing medical assistance and surgical help for indigent children having cleft lips and cleft palates. This is a totally free service for the families of the children. To date, we have helped over 1300 children.
If you know of, or have somebody in your local area that needs our help, please let us know! Help us help you. Protect your benefits, join our Post and help us become the largest VFW Post worldwide!
For information on VFW Post 2485 membership, benefits or representation please contact Post 2485 membership Chairman Cliff Wilsey at… CLFFWILSEY@GMAIL.COM