VFW Post 76 Sam Houston Post is the oldest and largest Post in the State of Texas; organized and chartered in San Antonio on 26 June 1917 by the Veterans of the Spanish American War. The 10th Street structure, also known as the Petty House, was sold to the Sam Houston Post 76 in June 1947, and has since been used as the Post Headquarters, a place to serve and honor our veterans, and a social center open to the surrounding community.
Current membership includes veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. 
This property is significant because it is the only remaining house of the pre-1900 neighborhood previously known as the Milam Bend. The home represents a period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when San Antonio was becoming a modern city. The Petty House is a San Antonio Historical landmark and as of 2017, a Texas State Historical landmark.
For more historical information visit the Historical Marker database.
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. 

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.