40 & 8
La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux
What is the 40 & 8

Our nearly 50,000 members are veterans who honorably served to help preserve the freedoms that make the United States great.  We honor that which we in uniform have defended; Freedom of the Press -- the Fourth Estate -- the Voice of Democracy.

OUR 1920 FOUNDERS WERE VETERANS OF W.W.I. FRANCE.  Our organization’s formal title is La Societe des Quarente Hommes et Huit Chevaux; or the Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses. -- During the First World War, French boxcars carried American Doughboys to the front.  These wartime boxcars, which held 40 men or 8 horses, were emblazoned with a “40/8”; a symbol readily understood by American veterans of that era.  Today our organization’s titles are in French and we meet in symbolic W.W.I. train depots, in grateful homage to the sacrifices of our Doughboy founders and indeed to honor all Americans who yet serve. -- We are most commonly known as “La Societe” or simply “The Forty & Eight”.

LEGACY OF CHARITY.  The Forty & Eight’s Child Welfare program was founded in 1923.  Other long-standing charitable programs of the Forty & Eight include the Ardery Child Welfare Trust, our unique Nurses Training Program that has graduated over 30,000 nurses, the Boland Scholarship Trust, Carville Medical Research, Veterans Voluntary Service, Youth Sports, Americanism, Flags, and POW/MIA scholarships.  Many Forty & Eight units (Voitures) have Parade Trains and Hobo Clowns that delight children and promote patriotism.

The Forty & Eight has recently championed The Military Chaplain’s Fund that provides clothes and necessities for Armed Forces members injured in Afghanistan and Iraq.