The Congressional Charter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 
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. 
The Charter was amended December 4, 2014 by the 113th congress, Title 36 United States Code replacing men with veterans, and widows with surviving spouses.