The VFW was established to assist veterans. Our mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts and to serve our veterans, the military and our communities and advocate on behalf of all veterans. The purposes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States are 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 surviving spouses and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States Post 1649  Santa Barbara,Ca  Welcomes You

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At the Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States Post 1649, the wellbeing and respect for those who have served is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps the local veterans in the community. Learn more about the positive impact we have on both the veterans and the community and join us in helping those who have served the country to protect and preserve the freedoms we enjoy.


Farewell to a Local Hero

John Suzuki

It is with great sadness and humility that we say goodbye to our Post Service Officer, Korean War Combat Veteran and friend John Suzuki. May you take your seat in the Hall Of Heroes until we regroup again. Our freedom today is due in no small part to your service and sacrifice as a member of the United States Army. We are forever grateful to you John.

A Celebration of John Suzuki's Life with Military Honors will be held on June 20th at the Veterans Memorial Building at 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd beginning at 12 noon until 3:00 pm


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VFW Post 1649 Firing Team renders Honors for US Air Force Veteran during Memorial at the Santa Barbara Elks Club on Oct 27, 2018

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VFW Post 1649 Recognizes Local Business Jedlicka's Saddlery with Award

Santa Barbara VFW Post 1649 presented Josiah Jenkins and Jedlicka's Saddlery with the Patriotic Citizens Award for their devotion to displaying the American Flag daily at all of their stores.

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Veterans Day Remembrance 

Santa Barbara Cemetery

November 11, 2019  10:00 AM

Come and join family and friends as we remember those who served in our nations Armed Forces. On this day we strive to honor Veterans who are living and those who have sacrificed and who now wait for us who are left behind to regroup one day. May they never be forgotten.

Sponsored by the VFW Post 1649 Santa Barbara,Ca and the PCVF

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Wendy Church and Wanda Cota of Post 1649 Ladies Auxiliary help to keep the 2019 Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade watchers fed and hydrated.


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The 2019 Service Award is presented to  Santa Barbara VFW Post 1649 on  behalf of the local Sea Cadets. The award was accepted by Post Commander Church and Wendy Church of the VFW Post 1649 Auxilliary

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    Jedlicka's Saddlery, 2605 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA

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Assistance to the Local VA Clinic of Santa Barbara

The VFW Post 1649 supports the local VA Clinic in Santa Barbara by providing Bus Tokens free of charge to Veterans in need of transportation to and from medical appointments who have no means of their own to travel as well as coffee and utensils for use with refreshments and snacks.

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Making a difference in the future by focusing on the youth.

VFW Post 1649 veterans volunteer to speak to students at local schools about what it means to serve your country. The Post also sponsors local students who compete in District, State and national VFW contests such as The Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen. Winners are given awards and a stipend and the school is recognized for their support.

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Doing What’s Needed

VFW Post 1649 volunteers attend funerals for veterans of all branches of service. The Post has an Honor Guard and a Firing Party that is all volunteer to render honors to the deceased if requested by the family. "We that remain must never forget"

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Military Honors rendered by VFW Post 1649 during the funeral for  local veteran US Army First Sergeant Jack Calderon

On behalf of a grateful nation and your brothers and sisters.....Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Until we regroup brother.....rest easy


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The Voice Of Democracy Essay Contest City of Santa Barbara  SMHS Student, Principle and School recognized by VFW Post 1649

In January 2019 the Santa Barbara VFW Post 1649 awarded a local student with a Certificate of Merit, Medal for the VOD (The Voice Of Democracy) , a VFW Challenge Coin and a Medallion for placing first among the area schools in the VFW's VOICE OF DEMOCRACY ESSAY CONTEST.

San Marcos High School Student wins First Place in VFW Essay Contest

The Commander Jacobs and Vice Commander Church present SMHS Student "Izzy" with a Certificate of Recognition, Commemorative Plaque, Voice of Democracy Medal and Medallion, Flag Desk Set, VFW Challenge Coin as well as a Check for $200 for her First Place winning essay on the importance of voting as a US Citizen.

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The VFW Auxiliary also presented the local student "Izzy" with a Certificate of Recognition for her first place winning essay.

VFW Auxiliary President Wendy Church presents Certificate of Recognition to the Essay Winner for the City of Santa Barbara

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VFW Post 1649 Volunteers to lay wreaths at local cemetery

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VFW Post 1649 Supports UCSB ROTC

Annual Support of the UCSB ROTC "Surfrider Battalion" throughout the year as well as with Incoming Class Ceremonies and Graduating Class Ceremonies recognizing the students

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Contact Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States Post 1649

112 W Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County 93101

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VFW Post 1649 Officers

Jonathan Church


Dieter Dupont

Vice Commander

Fredrick Cota

Junior Vice Commander

Pablo Paredes


Coby Dillard


Gary Jacobs

Judge Advocate

Stefan Landfried


Mark Thies


John Suzuki

Service Officer


Ed Montanez

Michael Conroy

Carlos Flores