Welcome to the programs of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission! In each of the 172 VA Medical Centers nationwide there is an Elk committee at work.
Since 1917 hundreds of thousands of Elks and their families have given generously of their time, energy and resources so that the lives of our ill and aging veterans will be enhanced.
Elks Lodges throughout the country work with the veterans and veterans hospitals in their areas. Whether it be conducting bingo games, patio picnics, fishing trips and many other projects or just visiting with and writing letters for the veterans -- the Elks are always there.
For more than 129 years, the Elks have been there, making a difference in their communities, their states and their country.
The B.P.O.E. originally started as a social club named the "Jolly Corks". The members were all entertainers. When one of the members passed away and left his widow and children without much money, the members decided their organization should have a purpose other than fun. With this in mind, they formed the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1868. The first Lodge was in New York. The membership quickly grew.
In addition to aiding members in distress, the Elks today raise money for children with disabilities, give college scholarships, have youth projects and recreational programs for our hospitalized veterans.