Important Dates in Catholic War Veterans’ History

May 15, 1935 – Msgr. (then Father) Edward J. Higgins, with permission of his Bishop Ordinary, Most Reverend Thomas E. Molloy of the Diocese of Brooklyn, gathered together a few parishioners from his parish, Church of the Immaculate Conception in New York, who had served in World War I, and organized the first Post of the Catholic War Veterans, Astoria Post #1 (currently a Post of Queens Chapter, Department of New York).

May 19, 1935 – Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York.

May 1935 – Father Higgins journeyed to Rome. Pope Pius XI bestowed his blessing upon the Catholic War Veterans and blessed the American and Papal flags of the CWV.

July 1940 – The Catholic War Veterans was officially recognized as a Veterans Organization by the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C.

August 17, 1984 – President Ronald Reagan signs legislation granting the Catholic War Veterans (CWV) a Congressional Charter, being the 59th group to receive a Federal Charter, expressing deep admiration for our commitment to serve both God and Country.

April 2, 2021The organization recognizes the significant support of its Auxiliary and begins doing business as “The Catholic War Veterans and Auxiliary of the United States”.


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