VFW Auxiliary Illinois

National President's Visit Information in November Mailing


IL - Barbara Howard

Barbara Howard, President
         2015 - 2016 

Fifty one years I joined the VFW Auxiliary under the eligibility of my father Robert “Moose” Hayes.  My father served in the US Navy during WWII as a torpedo man.  My mom and dad married during the war and eventually had 3 daughters.  My mom, Helena, who now resides in a nursing home, has encourageme to pursue my desire to become Department President of the VFW Auxiliary because, when I was a teen, my father was the Department Commander of Illinois.  I am a widow with  3 daughters (all members), 1 son and 10 grandchildren.  Family is number one with me.


I have been committed to helping veterans in any way I can.  We need to work together to get things done.  We need to increase our membership so when the number of members is presented to congress they know that there are a lot of us out there who will not put up with cuts when it comes to our veterans.  We need to be vigilant to what congress’ plans are when it pertains to veterans.

I want you to know that I will help in any way I can.  My philosophy is there is no dumb question.  None of us know everything but we all have someone to go to for the answers.   I hope you will not be afraid to approach me or any of my line officers with a question or concern.  All conversations will be kept in complete confidence.

I look forward to serving the VFW Auxiliary as Department President for the 2015-2016 “The Sky’s the Limit When Helping Our Veterans” year. 

Aristotle once said, “You will never do anything in this world without courage.  It is the greatest quality in the mind next to honor.”  Our veterans were courageous and served our country therefore we must honor them with our ability to help in any way we can.