About VFW Post 76
Welcome to VFW Post 76, “The Oldest Post in Texas”. VFW Post was granted its Congressional Charter June 26, 1917 by the National Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America. VFW Post 76 is now located at 10 Tenth Street, San Antonio, TX 78215.
The purpose of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76 is fraternal, patriotic, historical 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, whomsoever.
OUR MISSION: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities.To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
OUR VISION: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. We do have a Post Service Officer available.
OUR CORE VALUES:
• Always put the interests of our members first * Treat donors as partners in our case
• Promote patriotism * Honor military service
• Ensure the care of veterans and their families * Serve our communities
• Promote a positive image of the VFW * Respect the diversity of veterans’ opinions
The house that VFW Post 76 is located at is a Victorian-style home with Corinthian columns. It features a veranda, basement and attic, and at one time had 17 rooms, 5 fireplaces & two kitchens. There are stained glass windows on the main floor & front stair landing, also on the floor at the entrance is original as is all the wood trim, window trim & window.
VFW Post 76 is not only unique by the house, but also by our charter, issued June 26, 1917. The organizers of VFW Post 76 were veterans of the Spanish American War. The veterans of that era & following war eras met at the Spanish Mansion until 1946. In 1946 VFW Post 76 initially leased & then bought the Victorian-style home. Although there are no surviving WWI veterans we can proudly say that we have veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan & Iraq.
There are rumors of two ghosts, which also adds to the houses mystic. Members attest to seeing a girl running up and down the stairs and an old man who likes to move furniture. They both share the name of “Charley”.
Because the house is a one of a kind, the membership decided to open it to the general public. There are no figures as to how many people have visited the VFW Post 76, but we can assume thousands per year pass thru our arch & enter the premises.
Contact VFW Post 76 for information and reservations by calling (210) 223-4581
Post Commander – Johnny Ornalez, 210-884-1498;
Senior Vice Commander – Ignacio “Nacho” Castilleja
Junior Vice Commander – Berdella Nunez