Ronald A Hill Memorial VFW Post 2245 received its Charter on December 12, 1972. Ron Hill was the first resident of Grayslake KIA in Viet Nam. Our Post honors his memory and service.

Our members range from age 23 as the youngest to 96 as the most "seasoned" Every branch of the military is represented in our Post except the Coast Guard. (We would welcome an eligible Coast Guard service member or veteran)

The VFW has been responsible for every quality of life program in this century and last for veterans, servicemembers and their families

VFW Service Officers have helped Veterans secure over $7.7 Billion in earned VA benefits, that includes over $1.2 BILLION in new claims in 2017.

VFW Posts contribute nearly 50 million dollars annually to support veterans community service projects. 

VFW & Auxiliary members contribute nearly 9 million volunteer hours annually With the support of Burger King, over the past 13 years, nearly 7 1/2 million dollars has helped nearly 4300 service members and veterans UNMET NEEDS Grants. 

Locally, VFW Posts in Northeastern Illinois for the last 50 years have provided Christmas Cheer to veterans and service members at James A Lovell FHCC. Many volunteer hours and over $12,000.00 in donations from VFW Posts, local business supplied needed items to bring Holiday Cheer to the patients at Lovell FHCC. 

Does your son's or daughter's middle school, high school participate in Patriot's Pen Essay contest for middle school students grades 6-8, and Voice of Democracy Audio Speech Scholarship program? Each year, the VFW awards over 3.3 Million dollars to the 170,000 students. The National Voice of Democracy winner receives a $30,000.00 Scholarship. 

There are many opportunities available to help veterans, military members and their families in the community. 

Contact us! info@vfw2245.org to learn more about how you can be a part of us.




Keep up-to-date on how the VFW is working to improve the quality of life for veterans, service members & their families and the community.


Coming Attractions and Events
November 7
VFW Post 2245 Meeting
7:00 PM
Grayslake Park District
240 Commerce Dr
  1. 2019-2020 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program
  • This years theme, "What Makes America Great"
  • We contact schools and speak to the students explaining the program
  • Entry Deadline is October 31st  Entries picked up
  • VOD/Patriot's Pen Judging - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
  • JUDGING BEGINS NOVEMBER 1st and 2nd (Saturday Sunday)
  • Back-up Dates (IF NEEDED) Saturday November 8th and Sunday November 9th)
  • Submissions for Teacher of the Year, Scout of the Year (Boy Scout Eagle, Girl Scout Gold)


Post News

Important Info for Post2245 Members

Commander Pennington Administers Oath of Enlistment


District News

Important Info for District 5 Members

Winthrop Harbor Post Bartenders Support Local Schools

The Bartenders of VFW Post 7448 made a huge impact on the community for the new school year.

119th VFW National Convention Information

119th VFW National Convention, July 21-25, 2018

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW Post 6786 First Site in Innovative Initiative Giving Veterans Access to VA Health Services Close to Home

Andover, Mass. and Kansas City, Mo. (October 16, 2019) - For the first time ever, U.S. veterans will be able to receive U.S. Department of Veteran'...

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GEORGETOWN, Texas - Getting a haircut now through Veterans Day will support servic...


"That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."

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Membership Details

As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

Assistance & Benefits

Assistance & Benefits

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated

 to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families and continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families.