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VFW Supports New VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protection Act
The VFW yesterday saluted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and the leadership of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees for reaching a bipartisan deal to better protect whistleblowers and hold employees accountable for their conduct or performance.
   
 
   
   
   
Caregivers Program Review Extended
VA will continue to halt revocations from the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program for an additional six weeks because of concerns regarding inconsistent applications of eligibility requirements for the program throughout its medical centers.
   
 
   
   
   
Senate Appropriations Hearing on Choice
On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss VA community care.
   
 
   
   
   
Senate Confirms New Air Force Secretary
The Senate on Monday approved the nomination of former congresswoman Heather Wilson to become the new secretary of the Air Force.
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of six Americans who had been missing in action from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
New Government Omnibus Bill
A bipartisan congressional committee produced an omnibus spending package earlier this week to fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year,...
   
 
   
   
   
Appeals Modernization Act
On Tuesday, the VFW testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on H.R. 457, the VA Appeals Modernization Act of 2017.
   
 
   
   
   
House VA Oversight Hearing
On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies held a hearing to review VA’s budget recommendations,...
   
 
   
   
   
Senate Telemedicine Hearing
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Thursday about leveraging technology ....
   
 
   
   
   
VA Specialized Services Hearing
The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, focusing on foot and ankle issues and ...
   
 
   
   
   
DOD Releases Annual Sexual Assault Report
On Monday, the Department of Defense released its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. According to the FY16 report,
   
 
   
   
   
TRICARE Formulary Change
Nexium, a popular drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, will be removed from TRICARE's formulary list. Effective June 28, 2017...
   
 
   
   
   
V-E Day Monday
Visitors to Washington, D.C., are invited to help commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day at the National World War II Memorial at 11 a.m.,
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of one American who had been missing in action from Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors is:
   
 
   
   
   
WISCONSIN VFW NEWS, POSTS 10818 & 10406 TAKE NATIONAL HONORS
The Wisconsin VFW News takes First Place honors nationally in for a third consecutive year; New Richmond 10818 places 2nd for outstanding Post Newsletter in their division as does Cochrane Post 10406!
   
 
   
   
   
Wisconsin National Guard crowns 2017 Best Warriors
FORT MCCOY, Wis. - A select group of sixteen Soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard faced off in the 2017 State Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., April 21-23.
   
 
   
   
   
Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference May 25, 2017 - 10AM-2PM
JOIN US AT Concordia University Wisconsin 12800 N Lake Shore Dr. Mequon, WI 53097
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Supports VA Accountability First Act
This month marks the third anniversary of a nationwide crisis in access to care that branded the Department of Veterans Affairs as an inept and corrupt government bureaucracy that was failing in its primary mission to care for those who had borne the battle.
   
 
   
   
   
EO Improves VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protections
The president signed an executive order yesterday that will improve VA employee accountability and better protect whistleblowers.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Attends Roundtable on VA Caregiver Program
On Thursday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a roundtable to discuss VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.
   
 
   
   
   
Retired Soldier Council Panel
On Tuesday, the VFW participated in a panel discussion during the annual meeting of the Chief of Staff, Army Retired Soldier Council.
   
 
   
   
   
Defense Health Agency Working Group
The VFW participated in a veterans and military service organization working group on Wednesday with Acting Deputy Director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) RADM Colin Chinn.
   
 
   
   
   
Senate Holds Veteran Suicide Prevention Hearing
On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies held a hearing titled “Preventing Veteran Suicide.”
   
 
   
   
   
VA Partners to Increase Medical Providers
On Thursday, the Department of Veterans Affairs entered into a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services.
   
 
   
   
   
New Construction Guidelines for State Veteran Nursing Homes
On Thursday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin announced new guidelines for construction of State Veteran Nursing Homes.
   
 
   
   
   
V-E Day May 8
Visitors to Washington, D.C., are invited to help commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day at the National World War II Memorial at 11 a.m., May 8.
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of four Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Offers Emergency Assistance Grants to Westech Veterans
The VFW is offering up to $5,000 in emergency assistance grants to each of the nearly three dozen student veterans who once attended Westech College, ...
   
 
   
   
   
VA Launches New Wait Time Transparency Site
The Department of Veterans Affairs rolled out a new website this week that will enable veterans to track which VA facility has the shortest appointment wait times,....
   
 
   
   
   
Thousands Pre-Enroll for VA National Cemetery Interment
Since first announced last December, more than 10,000 eligible veterans have taken advantage of a new VA benefit that allows them to pre-enroll...
   
 
   
   
   
Help Build DS Memorial on National Mall
The Desert Storm Memorial has been approved to be built in Washington, D.C. Now the question is where, since the...
   
 
   
   
   
Pentagon VSO/MSO Roundtable
On Wednesday, the VFW participated in the first quarterly veteran and military service organization roundtable hosted by Secretary of Defense (SecDef) James Mattis....
   
 
   
   
   
Army Secretary Nominee a VFW Life Member
The president last week nominated Dr. Mark E. Green to be the next secretary of the Army. Dr. Green, a Life member of VFW Post 11160 in Clarksville,....
   
 
   
   
   
VA Seeks Under Secretary for Health
On Monday, VA announced that there will be a commission to identify the best candidate for the position of under secretary for Health from a pool of applicants.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Supports Second Division Memorial Modification Act
On Wednesday, the VFW announced its support for S. 907, the Second Division Memorial Modification Act.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW National Home for Children
The VFW National Home for Children was created to help veteran families in your community. Active duty military families, veteran families, ....
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Posts Host Congressional Town Halls
As spring arrives, VFW Posts across the country are opening their doors to members of Congress for town hall events....
   
 
   
   
   
Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary Commemoration
Visitors to Washington, D.C., next Tuesday are invited to attend the 75th commemoration of the Doolittle Raid...
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of seven Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Applauds Choice Program Extension and Improvement
On Wednesday, Congress passed S. 544, which would authorize VA to use the $10 billion Congress intended to go toward providing veterans care in their communities when they are not able to receive timely access to care at VA health care facilities.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW and PatientsLikeMe Join for Mental Health Awareness
The VFW is proud to have teamed up with PatientsLikeMe to raise awareness, improve research and provide intervention for veterans,....
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Testifies on Veterans Crisis Line
On Tuesday, the VFW testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs about ....
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Testifies on Veterans Legislation
On Wednesday, VFW Associate Director Patrick Murray testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability...
   
 
   
   
   
Hearing on VA Home Loan Appraisers
On Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing on ways to improve the VA’s....
   
 
   
   
   
Continuing Resolution Spells Disaster for DOD
Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force David Goldfein, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller ....
   
 
   
   
   
New SGLI Management Website
Several federal agencies involved with the management of the insurance program used by the military, known as Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI),...
   
 
   
   
   
VA Urges Female Participation in Million Veteran Program
The Million Veteran Program is a voluntary research program led by the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a...
   
 
   
   
   
President Authorizes Gulf War Memorial Location
President Trump signed into law the resolution for the location of a national memorial dedicated to those who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of nine Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
Veterans Want VA Fixed, Not Dismantled
President Trump announced Monday the creation of a White House Office of American Innovation to “bring together the best ideas from government, the private sector, and other thought leaders to ensure that America is ready to solve today's most intractable problems.”
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Testifies on VA Health Care
On Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss 10 bills pending before the subcommittee.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Testifies on Veterans Affairs Budget
On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs held a hearing to discuss VA’s budget for fiscal year 2018 and advance appropriations for fiscal year 2019.
   
 
   
   
   
Veterans Appeals Roundtable
The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs hosted a roundtable discussion about modernizing the appeal process for veterans’ disability benefits.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW to Testify In Support of Blue Water Sailors
On April 5, 2017, the VFW will testify in front of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
   
 
   
   
   
National Vietnam War Veterans Day
The president signed into law this week a VFW-supported bill that officially designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Supports GWOT Memorial Bill
The VFW Washington Office hosted a press conference Tuesday to announce the introduction of H.R. 873, the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, ....
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Meets Russian POW/MIA Delegation
The VFW met twice this week with a Russian delegation from the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIA Affairs, and their Ministry of Defense.
   
 
   
   
   
VA Now Lists Burial Times Online
VA announced this week that there will be an online listing of burial times for all VA cemeteries. The move, which will cover the 168 facilities operated by VA directly,
   
 
   
   
   
Arlington Faces Future Burial Issues
On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs held a hearing to discuss current operations and concerns with shrinking space for future...
   
 
   
   
   
Continuing Resolution Spells Disaster for DOD
The Chiefs of Staff of the Army and Air Force, Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps....
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of 11 Americans who had been missing in action from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
Congress Passes Legislation Honoring Vietnam War Veterans
The House of Representatives passed a bill which would amend the flag code to include National Vietnam War Veterans Day...
   
 
   
   
   
Southeast Asia Fact-Finding Trip
VFW Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman returned from a two-week POW/MIA fact-finding trip to Southeast Asia late last week ....
   
 
   
   
   
Hearing on VA Recruitment and Retention Authorities
On Wednesday, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss ways to improve VA’s ability to recruit and retain high quality ....
   
 
   
   
   
Hearing on DOD Civilian Personnel Reform
On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel held a hearing to discuss needed reforms of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) civilian personnel system.
   
 
   
   
   
Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services
On Wednesday and Thursday, the VFW attended the quarterly meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).
   
 
   
   
   
Mattis-Dunford Budget Testimony
On Thursday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
   
 
   
   
   
Social Media Scrutiny
Congress continues its inquiries in the wake of the “Marines United” scandal, where naked images of female service members were posted online accompanied by denigrating comments.
   
 
   
   
   
State of the Air Force
Senior officials from the Air Force testified to the House Armed Service Committee Wednesday on the impact sequestration and unpredictable funding have on readiness and modernization.
   
 
   
   
   
Hearing on Use of Union Time
On Tuesday, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing to discuss how much time VA employees should be allowed to spend on union activities, known as official time.
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of five Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran Ronald Ramos
The VA recognized Wisconsin VFW member: Ron Ramos as Veteran of the Day
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Shares Concerns with President
VFW National Veterans Service Director Ryan M. Gallucci met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and senior administration staff ....
   
 
   
   
   
Camp Lejeune Exposure Update
For years the VFW has worked with Congress and VA to establish a streamlined disability compensation process for veterans who suffer from health conditions associated with exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
   
 
   
   
   
TRICARE Contract Start Date Delayed
Yesterday at a Military Health System MSO/VSO Executive Council meeting, the Defense Health Agency announced that they will delay the transition of the TRICARE contract from Oct. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2018. The new contract reduces TRICARE from three regions....
   
 
   
   
   
Legislation Impacting Veterans Clears the House
Three bills impacting veterans were passed by the House of Representatives this week. H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, would prevent veterans who need help only to manage their finances, and are not a threat to themselves or others, from being banned from owning firearms.
   
 
   
   
   
HASC Sequestration Hearings
The House Armed Services Subcommittees held several hearings this week....
   
 
   
   
   
SASC Hearing on Marine Scandal
On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the Marine Corps’ ongoing investigation into the “Marines United” website scandal.
   
 
   
   
   
DOD Releases Service Academy Report
On Wednesday, the Department of Defense (DOD) released its Annual Report on Sexual Violence and Harassment at the Military Service Academies....
   
 
   
   
   
VA Seeks Under-Secretary for Benefits
On Wednesday, VA announced that there will be a commission to identify the best candidate for the position of under-secretary of benefits...
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of five Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
Wisconsin Film Festival
The Wisconsin Film Festival and the UW-Madison Arts Institute will be showing a movie called American Sunrise on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM Union South Marquee - Madison UW
   
 
   
   
   
VFW National Commander Testifies Before Congress
VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testified on Wednesday ...
   
 
   
   
   
IB Coauthors Release FY 2018 Budget Recommendations
The three Independent Budget (IB) coauthors (VFW, DAV and PVA) ...
   
 
   
   
   
In Memory Program Deadline Today
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is accepting applications for Vietnam veterans to be honored at the 2017
   
 
   
   
   
Marine Reunion Web Page
The Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller...
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update:
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of five Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
Salute to Hospitalized Veterans
The week of February 12 was the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Salute to hospitalized veterans. On Thursday February 16, 2017 the veterans at the Madison VA Hospital had a special visitor.
   
 
   
   
   
Wisconsin Army Guard brigade takes part in Warfighter exercise
More than 200 Soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and volunteers from other units participated in a Warfighter Exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, Jan. 28 to Feb. 17.
   
 
   
   
   
Assessing the VA IT Landscape
On Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held its first oversight hearing to discuss challenges VA faces with its IT infrastructure.
   
 
   
   
   
House Veterans Affairs Roundtable
The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity hosted a roundtable discussion with committee members and veterans service organizations....
   
 
   
   
   
VSOs Release Independent Budget
The VFW, along with coauthors Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America, released their 30th edition of the Independent Budget,....
   
 
   
   
   
Military Struggling With Budget Instability
Ending sequestration has been a top VFW legislative priority ever since it was created by the Budget Control Act of 2011;
   
 
   
   
   
Pentagon RIF Meeting
Last week, the VFW expressed concern to the Department of Defense that its new reduction in force (RIF) policy ––
   
 
   
   
   
VA Nominee Gets Closer to Confirmation
On Tuesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted unanimously to advance the nomination of Dr. David J.Shulkin...
   
 
   
   
   
Women’s History Month Art Exhibits
The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans has announced 10 VA Medical Centers that will display female veteran artists’....
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of eight Americans who had been missing in action from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
Vets Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing
On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing to vet Dr. David Shulkin...
   
 
   
   
   
Army Reserve VSO/MSO Roundtable
The VFW participated in a veteran and military service organization roundtable on Thursday...
   
 
   
   
   
New Blended Retirement Training
On Tuesday, the Department of Defense released training on the new Blended Retirement System....
   
 
   
   
   
DOD Increases Discharge and Records Review Outreach
The Department of Defense is renewing its efforts to make more veterans aware of military discharge and records review opportunities.
   
 
   
   
   
Iraqi Translators Now Welcome
Defense officials this week are welcoming an administration decision to allow Iraqi translators and interpreters with special documentation to come to the United States.
   
 
   
   
   
Veterans Day Poster Contest
The 2017 Veterans Day Poster Contest is now open for submissions...
   
 
   
   
   
DeCA Announces Private Labels
The Defense Commissary Agency has chosen the names “Freedom’s Choice™” for its private label....
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of two Americans who had been missing in action from Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
VFW 2017 Raffle Calendar Results
Congratulations to all our winners! Your participation enables us to help more Wisconsin Veterans than ever before.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Post 10818 recognizes Senator Harsdorf's efforts
New Richmond and St. Croix County VFW Post 10818 members Dave Green and Ken House presented State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf with a special commemorative collection of flags flown in the Field of Flags as part of the Wall that Heals memorial, which visited New Richmond in September in 2015.
   
 
   
   
   
Thank you to Sports Clip - Pewaukee
Sports Clip franchises throughout the US have generously donated to the VFW Scholarship program for veterans.
   
 
   
   
   
Hudson High School Marching Band Performs at Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary
"While we played in front of the ship it truly set in that we were playing for all those who lost their lives."
   
 
   
   
   
Two Wisconsin National Guard aviation units deploying
Nearly 100 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers will deploy to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operations Spartan Shield and Freedom Sentinel later this winter.
   
 
   
   
   
Thank you to Burger King
Burger King Franchises have donated over a million dollars to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs program. This January various VFW Post, District and State Officers presented Burger King Franchise managers with a plaque.
   
 
   
   
   
New Congress Starts by Passing Vets Bills
On Tuesday, shortly after the opening of the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives passed its first two pieces of legislation, H.R. 27 and H.R. 28
   
 
   
   
   
CA National Guard to Pay Back Bonuses
After years of trying to collect reenlistment bonuses from California National Guard members and mounting pressure from the VFW, Congress and other VSOs, the Department of Defense (DOD) suspended its collection efforts in October of 2016.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW National Home Helps Military and Veteran Families
For more than 92 years, the VFW National Home for Children has offered families the chance to heal and grow.
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of 21 Americans who had been missing in action from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
Opportunity at Veterans Manor
Serve Veterans a Meal and some social time
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Joins Give an Hour on SiriusXM Radio
On Monday, VFW National Commander Brian Duffy joined with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Give An Hour President Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, to discuss the campaign to change how our nation perceives mental health care
   
 
   
   
   
Air Force Announces New Top Enlisted Advisor
Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth Wright has been selected to become the next chief master sergeant of the Air Force.
   
 
   
   
   
Overseas Military Shipping Deadlines Near
The Military Postal Service Agency is alerting
   
 
   
   
   
MyVA311
Last week, VA launched 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a 24/7 one-stop information service platform for all VA services.
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of four Americans who had been missing in action from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
   
 
   
   
   
A General’s New Mission: Leading a Charge Against PTSD
Rank may have its privileges, but it holds no immunity from combat injuries. PTSD does not limit its effects to any one class of warrior: It's an equal-opportunity problem!
   
 
   
   
   
Native Americans Continue to Honor Ancestors, legacy of Red Arrow
Native Americans in Wisconsin have a proud heritage of service to America and our State of Wisconsin.
   
 
   
   
   
Wisconsin's First Responders are first to respond to crash
Five members of Wisconsin National Guard's 54th Civil Support Team were driving home after an Oct. 20 mission at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin when a sea of brake lights forced them to stop.
   
 
   
   
   
Women troops feel undervalued and unappreciated
Female troops and veterans want the public to know their military service is much more than just discussion of sexual assault in the ranks, according to a new survey released Monday, November 14, 2016
   
 
   
   
   
La Crosse health service lands Veterans Affairs contracts
LA CROSSE - Officials from a La Crosse-based company have said they landed four U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contracts worth up to $3 billion to provide medical disability examinations.
   
 
   
   
   
Happy Birthday, Marines!
The United States Marine Corps celebrates 241 years of service!
   
 
   
   
   
Wisconsin Guard member awarded Purple Heart
FORT McCOY, Wis. - Six years after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldier Spc. Brandon L. Pszanka was awarded the Purple Heart Medal during an Oct. 16 ceremony.
   
 
   
   
   
Operation Ruck 22 for Vets
On October 22, 2016 Sixty-five individuals started a march of 22 miles around Madison to bring awareness to the number of veterans who commit suicide every day.
   
 
   
   
   
What Veterans Day Means to Me
The meaning of Veterans Day to an OIF/OEF Veteran
   
 
   
   
   
Veterans Day in Washington
VFW Posts everywhere will be recognizing Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
   
 
   
   
   
Vietnam Era Health Study
This week VA announced a nationwide study –– the Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS) –– that will assess the current health and well-being of Vietnam veterans, Blue Water Navy veterans, and veterans who served elsewhere during the Vietnam Era (1961–1975).
   
 
   
   
   
National Family Caregivers Month
Throughout the month of November, Caregiver Support Coordinators located at every VA medical center will be holding special events for caregivers.
   
 
   
   
   
VA Center for Women Veterans Meeting
The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans (CWV) held a breakfast on Wednesday.
   
 
   
   
   
Nominate a Hero
Do you know a fellow citizen who has performed a singular act of extraordinary heroism or a continued commitment to putting others first?
   
 
   
   
   
Shop Amazon, Support the VFW Foundation
Online Shoppers can do more to help our fellow Veterans by choosing a simple option.
   
 
   
   
   
MIA Update
Never forgotten: Three more comrades are coming home at last...
   
 
   
   
   
Operation Ruck 22 for Vets Gains Coverage
Madison OPERATION RUCK-22 for Vets covered by two local TV Stations.
   
 
   
   
   
TOMAH VA and VETERANS ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION Sever Ties
Security, Staffing concerns cause VAMC to direct VAF program to relocate off VAMC campus.
   
 
   
   
   
Operation Ruck 22 for Vets
VFW Post 1318, 7591, and 8483
   
 
   
   
   
Wisconsin Air Guard unit earns seventh Outstanding Unit Award
Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, Wisconsin's adjutant general, presented the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award to Col. Daniel Yenchesky, commander of the 128th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), during a formal ceremony Oct. 2 at Gen. Mitchell Airfield.
   
 
   
   
   
Wisconsin Guard members help military veterans in need
More than 80 Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard traveled to Pleasanton, California Sept. 15-19, for an Innovative Readiness Training exercise intended to improve their deployment and readiness capabilities.
   
 
   
   
   
Intercept Missions Increase Pilot Readiness
Through the small window in the back-left side of the private plane, they were easy to spot. Two Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons were quickly approaching. The pilots were talking on the radio, trying to get a response...
   
 
   
   
   
I Fought For YOU! -
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VFW to Deliver Veterans’ Voice to Congress
2017 Legislative Conference runs Feb. 26 - March 2 in Washington

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Next weekend, more than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., the nation’s largest and oldest war veterans’ organization begin rallying in Washington, D.C., to voice the concerns of veterans directly with the nation’s lawmakers during the 2017 VFW Legislative Conference, Feb. 26 – March 2.
   
 
   
   
   
VFW Salutes United States Army for 241 Years of Service
Our nation’s soldiers are America’s true heroes.
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – June 14, 2016, marks the 241st year of service from the United States Army. The U.S. Army has evolved drastically since it was originally organized as the Continental Army in 1775; battlefields have transformed, weaponry has evolved, faces have come and gone, military uniforms have varied, but one thing holds fast: the bravery and the heart of the individuals who wear the uniform, and their commitment to their mission.

   
 
   
   
   
 
     
 
     
   
 
         
     
 
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