Some of VFW’s earliest ties to the community involved youth-oriented endeavors. From the first Boy Scout troop partnership in 1915 to the creation of a national youth program in 1937, VFW has long been committed to addressing the welfare of America’s youth. 

At the inception of the national youth program, Victor E. Devereaux, director of the Americanism Department, called it "the most important mission the VFW has undertaken since the memorable days of the World War.” 

Though time has passed, youth programs remain a vital part of VFW community efforts today. Through a number of critical programs, VFW maintains its rich tradition of supporting youth activities that cultivate values of civic service, good sportsmanship and love of country.