SAFETY AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM
SERVING AMERICA'S COMMUNITIES AND HONORING THEIR PROTECTORS
Alarmed over the post WWI use of drugs, VFW Magazine, then called Foreign Service, printed a resolution calling for President Warren G. Harding to declare a National Anti-Dope Week and set up a national conference to deal with the problem. VFW Posts began a process of making the public aware of the dangers of drug use that continues to this day.
Early on, VFW Posts began sponsoring bicycle safety clubs. In 1962, Posts started providing reflective stickers through the Lite-a-Bike program. When manufactures began putting lights on bicycles, the reflective stickers were moved to backpacks and jackets and the program became Lite-a-Tike.
Working with the National Safety Council, driver safety programs were part of the first fafety efforts. Later the VFW began to promote AARP's 55Alive/Mature Driving program.
Throughout the history of the VFW, Posts have been quick to recognize the contributions of those who make our homes, highways and communities safer. Today, VFW Posts regularly honor citizens who save lives and those who serve the community as emergency responders.