Who We Are
VFW Post 1534 of Riverside County, California in the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces within its community.
VFW Post 1534 was originally founded in 1945 in Desert Hot Springs, California and later relocated to historic B Bar H Ranch, California in 1972 when Mary Pickford donated the B Bar H Ranch original guest house to Post 1534. The VFW Post 1534 currently located in historic B Bar H Ranch, California was established in 1972 by Joseph Lamar Stone.
Post 1534 is one of the last VFW Posts in Southern California's Coachella Valley serving Riverside County Desert Cities. This includes and is not limited to Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, unincorporated County areas of Sky Valley, Desert Edge, B Bar H Ranch and other Desert Cities surrounding locations.
On a much broader scale the VFW traces their 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 that would eventually band together and 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. Today, national membership stands at nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
The VFW's voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, the VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active duty service members, and members of the guard and reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The VFW was the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans.
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, the VFW became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which is planned for construction at our nation's capital.The VFW has many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide. "No One Does More For Veterans"
VFW Post 1534
1 Club House Drive
B BAR H Ranch, California 92241
(8 miles north of Palm Springs or 6 miles south of Desert Hot Springs)