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Movie - "Honor Flight: One Last Mission" - June 13

Honor Flight is a heartwarming documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime.


Say THANK YOU to Burger King on May 19th!

As you are out and about observing Armed Forces Day, be SURE to visit a Burger King near you to say THANK YOU for their continued support of VFW Unmet Needs.


A Vietnam Veteran Speaks - Sharing a story of courage and inspiration

"Fighting Back: Bob Steenlage's Story of Inspiration and Healing" - Thursday, May 10, 2018 - UW-LaCrosse


The Highground 30th Anniversary - September 22nd

Central WI remembers those who served in Vietnam - "Welcome Home" Parade, Ceremony and Tributes.


Venom Run Benefits Hogs for Heroes

Third annual event sponsored by Copperheads LE/MC at Uke's Harley-Davidson in Kenosha on Saturday, June 9th.


June 23rd Poker Run Benefits Hogs for Heroes

Event starts and ends at Joseph J. Goetz Training Center in Coloma, WI.


Veterans Job Fair at Miller Park on May 17th

A FREE hiring event for Veterans, transitioning Military personnel, National Guard and Reserve members and spouses!


Celebrate the 4th with the Madison Mallards

Independence Day 2018 is Military Appreciation Day at the Duck Pond!


Leadership Seminar Opportunity

An excellent opportunity on May 8 at Fox Valley Technical College!


Spring Sweepstakes 2018

Winners of the 2018 VFW Spring Sweepstakes!


BRAVE-EPA Study Seeks Veteran Participants

Can Fish Oil prevent Alzheimer's Disease? A new U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs study is seeking participants to find out.


Fisher House Wisconsin 6th Annual Golf Outing Slated for August 20th

Register now for the the 6th Annual Golf Outing to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin!


2018 King Open House Day

Sunday, May 20 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm - bring the family and discover everything the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King has to offer!


Fisher House Wisconsin Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Join the celebration - Friday, April 27, 2018 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm!


Free Milwaukee Brewers Tickets to Veterans!

Free and half-price tickets for 2018 Sunday Home Games again offered to Veterans - see details here -


Veterans Organization Tax Exemption Bill Signed

Tax Exemption Bill AB-402 benefits Veterans organizations.


"Green Alert" SB 473 Signed Into Law

Wisconsin leads the way again - the Green Alert Network is the first of its kind in the nation!


Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House

A family-friendly, free event open to the public on Saturday, May 19!


VFW National Home Has Openings

The National Home offers a once in a lifetime opportunity!


Hidalgo Warner Golf Event Sponsorships Available

Here is your opportunity to support three worthy causes with one sponsorship!


All Aboard the Stars and Stripes Express!

Mid-Continent Railway Museum celebrates freedom in North Freedom with special events June 30 and July 1.


WI VFW Foundation Grant Applications Due May 15

Applications are now available for the 2018 Wisconsin VFW Foundation Grant process.


Metal Service Plaques Available

Topper Manufacturing of Sturtevant, WI now has an outstanding veteran's product available at a very reasonable cost.


SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming event at The Highground honors Military Working Dogs.


VGA hosts golf tournaments in WIsconsin for Golfers of all skill levels.

Veterans, Combat Wounded and Families are invited to take part in these tournaments.


Mesothelioma Guide

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer and very few treat it. 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. We specialize in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. Our services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members. Since we don’t charge for our services, we don’t have a budget to advertise. I'm reaching out to webmasters to help us spread the word.


Opportunity Knocks for Vets with Hearing Loss.

Veterans in Wisconsin have a unique opportunity to attend the 2018 national convention of The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) when it is held in Minneapolis from June 21 - 25. HLAA is offering complimentary registration for veterans and their caregivers who attend their first HLAA Convention, as a small token of our gratitude for their service.


Veteran's Expo UW Superior

UW Superior and Douglas County Veterans Affairs Office is hosting an annual Veterans Exposition on April 24th. https://www.uwsuper.edu/vetexpo/index.cfm


Department of Wisconsin VFW Loyalty Day in New Richmond

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WI VOD Winner Earns Third at National

Hannah Brown, Menomonie, takes home the VFW $10,000 Scholarship at D.C. Legislative Conference . . .


2018 SPRING SWEEPSTAKES RULES

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VA Home Loan Re-Finance... Good deal?

Many lenders offer refinancing for VA Mortgages, but there's more to be aware of...


Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce announces second annual Milwaukee Veterans Week

Veterans recognized at events across the city of Milwaukee


National Day of Honor Recognition

Secretary of VA Dr. David Shulkin was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s inaugural commemoration of the National Day of Honor for American Veterans Disabled for Life.


Vietnam Green Beret to Receive Medal of Honor

The White House announced Wednesday that President Trump will present the Medal of Honor on Oct. 23 to a retired Army Green Beret, ....


VA Facility Hurricane Updates

The Department of Veterans Affairs is open and continuing to serve veterans in many hard hit hurricane areas in the Gulf....


VFW, VVA Host Bad Paper Panel

Last Friday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America hosted a panel discussion on bad paper discharges in the Capitol Visitor Center.


VA Releases New Veteran Suicide Data

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released a more comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide data. After working with the Department of Defense,....


FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act

On Monday, the Senate voted 89-8 to overwhelmingly pass their version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


Army VSO/MSO Roundtable

The VFW participated in a veterans and military service organization roundtable on Thursday with the Honorable Ryan McCarthy, acting secretary of the Army,....


Free VA Caregiver Course Available Online

The Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with PsychArmor Institute to provide a free online course to break down VA’s Caregiver Program.


Senate Panel Supports Consumer Protection Rules

On Wednesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member and former Army officer Senator Jack Reed held a panel discussion comprised of military ....


Senate Panel Supports Consumer Protection Rules

On Wednesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member and former Army officer Senator Jack Reed held a panel discussion comprised of military ....


Veterans Day 2017 Poster

The Veterans Day National Committee announced its selection for the 2017 National Veterans Day Poster from more than 100 submissions.


New Retirement System Education Continues

The Defense Department is continuing to roll out its education programs regarding the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.....


MIA Update:

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identifications of remains and burial updates of 11 American servicemen who had been missing in action from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on VA Facilities

In an effort to meet the needs of veterans impacted by Hurricane Harvey and to accomplish its fourth mission to support national efforts for, respond to,...


Harvey’s Impact on Vet Centers

Two Vet Centers in Texas remain closed: the Harris County/Houston Vet Center and the Vet Center in Beaumont. Mobile Vet Centers operations are as follows:


VA Activates Pharmacy Disaster Relief Plan

VA activated its Pharmacy Disaster Relief Plan in the impacted areas. Eligible veterans with a VA identification card, and needing an emergency supply of medications, ...


Help VFW Help Others

“Our hearts and prayers are with all those impacted by this hurricane’s destruction,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman.


TRICARE Changes

In accordance with provisions introduced in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), beginning on January 1, 2018, TRICARE “North” and “South” regions will combine into a single “East” region, while “West” will remain unchanged. The reasoning behind this consolidation is to streamline access and continuity of care, as well as to ensure consistency within the TRICARE network as a whole.


Military Spouse Hiring Preference Expanded

On August 8, 2017, the United States Office of Personnel Management implemented a VFW-supported provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017,


Houston Hosts Women Veterans Summit, Cut Short

As Hurricane Harvey closed in on Houston last week, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was preparing for their much-anticipated Women Veterans Summit, scheduled for Aug. 25-26. With VFW


MIA Update

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced burial updates of two American servicemen who had been missing in action from World War II. No new identifications of remains occurred this week. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


Forever GI Bill Heads to President’s Desk

On Wednesday, the Senate advanced H.R. 3218, the Forever GI Bill, which would ensure more veterans and their survivors have an opportunity to pursue their educational goals, such as Purple Heart recipients who do not have the requisite three years of active service;


Funding Agreement for Choice Program and VA Heads to President

Last week, the VFW asked its members and supporters to call their Representatives and demand they vote “NO” on S.114,...


Senate Advances Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.


Senate Passes Ban on Private Sale of Military-issued Purple Heart Medals

on Wednesday, the Senate passed the VFW supported Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act.


WWII Veterans to Receive Benefits for Exposure to Mustard Gas and Lewisite

On Wednesday, Congress passed the VFW-supported Arla Herrell Act, which has been championed by Senator Claire McCaskill and will expand benefits for...


GWOT Memorial Bill Clears Congress, Heads to President

The Senate this week unanimously passed the VFW-supported Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act, which exempts the GWOT Memorial from a provision in the Commemorative Works Act of 1986 that requires Congress ...


VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Program Sees First Legislative Victories

In a major victory for the legislative fellowship program, sponsored and operated by the VFW and Student Veterans of America, two pieces of legislation supported by fellowship research will now soon become law....


VFW Participates in Military to Civilian Transition Summit

On Monday, VFW National Legislative Service Director Carlos Fuentes attended a VA-hosted summit to discuss the challenges of the military to civilian transition and what DOD, VA and veteran service organizations can do ...


VFW Speaks at VA Psychology Summit

On Wednesday, VFW National Legislative Service Associate Director Kayda Keleher spoke at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Psychology Summit.


VA Hosts Caregiver Summit, VFW Speaks on Panel

The VFW spoke alongside other veteran and military service organizations at the VA Caregiver Support Program Process Improvement Summit, Wednesday, Aug. 2. The panel was held to discuss the “pain points” of VA’s caregiver program –...


President Trump and Secretary Shulkin Announce Veteran Telehealth Initiatives

Yesterday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin joined President Trump at the White House to announce an expansion of access to health care for veterans using telehealth technology.


Army Medic Receives Medal of Honor

On Monday, the president presented the Medal of Honor to former Specialist Five James C. McCloughan of South Haven, Mich., ...


Senate Confirms New Navy, VA Leaders

The Senate this week confirmed finance executive Richard V. Spencer as the new secretary of the Navy, and retired Marine Corps Col. Tom Bowman as the new deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Spencer, from Wilson, Wyo.,...


MIA Update:

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains and burial updates on eight American service members who had been missing in action since World War II and the Korean War. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


VFW Elects New National Leadership

The 118th VFW National Convention ended Wednesday in New Orleans with the election of Keith E. Harman as the new VFW commander-in-chief for the year 2017-2018. During his acceptance speech, the Delphos, Ohio, native spoke of the relevance of the nearly 1.7 million members....


Funding Agreement Reached for Choice Program and VA

On Monday, the VFW asked its members and supporters to call their Representatives and demand they vote “NO” on S.114,....


VFW Lauds Unanimous House Passage of Forever GI Bill

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives showed unquestionable, bipartisan commitment to America's student veterans by voting 405-0 to pass H.R 3218, .....


Veterans Legislation Roundup

This week, the House advanced several VFW-supported veterans bills to improve benefits and services.


VFW Participates in Congressional Opioid Roundtable

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hosted a roundtable discussion on the country’s opioid epidemic and what the Department of Veterans Affairs is doing to assist veterans struggling with opioid addiction.


VFW Hosts Panel Discussion on Women Veterans

The VFW hosted a panel titled, “Women Veterans: Strong and Growing” during its national convention in New Orleans....


MIA Update

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of the remains of six Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


Post-9/11 GI Bill Becoming Greater

The historic Post-9/11 GI Bill is becoming even greater, thanks entirely to strong congressional support and the intense advocacy of the VFW and other veterans and military service organizations in Washington and around the country.


VFW Hosts GI Bill Roundtable

On Thursday, the VFW hosted a roundtable with more than forty VSOs and MSOs to discuss improvements to the GI Bill. ...


VFW Testifies Before House on Gulf War Illness Claims Processing

On Thursday, VFW National Veterans Service Deputy Director Michael Figlioli testified before a joint hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittees on Oversight and Investigations, and Disability Assistance ....


VFW Supports Declassification of Exposure Testing, Will Continue Fight

The VFW spoke outside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in support of a defense bill amendment to declassify portions of a Vietnam era project that exposed ....


FY 2018 Defense Bill Update

The House and Senate are marking up their respective versions of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Below is a brief snapshot of five pay and allowance, and health program provisions that are currently under discussion, along with a reject or support recommendation by the VFW.


Hearing on Ways to Improve VA Productivity and Efficiency

On Thursday, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing about maximizing access and resources available at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for better productivity and efficiency within the agency.


House Committee Holds Hearing on VA Capital Asset Needs

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing to assess VA’s capital asset needs.


DOLVETS Office Adds Three New Women Veteran Webinars

The Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOLVETS) Women Veteran Program has added three new webinars for female veterans .....


MIA Update

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of the remains of five Americans who had been missing in action from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


VFW Launches Action Alert to Expand Caregiver Benefits

Caregivers of military veterans, the overwhelming majority of whom are family members, put their lives and careers on hold,....


VA Opens Mental Health to OTH Veterans

Effective on Wed., July 5, veterans with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges may receive care for mental health emergencies for up to 90 days, which can include inpatient, residential or outpatient care.


Medical Discharge Review

All veterans medically separated from the military between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2009, and with combined disability ratings of 20 percent or less, can now request....


VA, DOD Will Host Suicide Prevention Conference

The Departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs have partnered to host a suicide prevention conference August 1-3, 2017, in Denver.


MIA Update

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of 10 Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


Cash Raffle Winners

Cash Raffle Winners June 16th, 2017.


VA Secretary Now Supports Dropping IU Cut

During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday, Senator Dean Heller (R–Nev.) challenged Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin to explain why...


VFW Testifies on the President’s Budget

On Wednesday, VFW National Legislative Director Carlos Fuentes testified in strong opposition to a provision in President Trump’s budget proposal, ...


VFW Testifies Before Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

On Thursday, VFW Associate Director Pat Murray testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in support of legislation regarding...


Veterans Legislation Passes the House

On Tuesday, the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017,....


Senate Holds Veteran Caregiver Hearing

The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on Wednesday regarding veteran caregivers. Chairman Susan Collins and Ranking Member Bob Casey hosted panels consisting of Senator Elizabeth Dole, founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and Ryan Phillippe, ....


Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the VFW attended the quarterly meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)


Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium

Today, VFW Director of National Security and Foreign Affairs Sarah Maples spoke at the 30th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS) Air Force Day in Norfolk, Va...


MIA Update

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of six Americans who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


Publishing Project To Commemorate WI VFW & Members Service

There has been a flurry of phone calls wondering what in the world are the yellow cards showing up in members' mailboxes. They are legitimate and great to follow-up on!


Hiking 1200 Miles to Fight the War at Home

USMC Sgt Anthony Salazar is literally going the distance to join the fight against Soldier Suicide here at home.


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...


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:


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.


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, ....


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


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:


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:


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...


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.


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.


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).


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! -

A moving, patriotic tribute to our military, past and present.


VFW to Deliver Veterans' Voice to Congress

WASHINGTON - More than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. are arriving in the nation's capital this weekend to urge their members of Congress to continue transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs so that it can more efficiently and effectively serve America's veterans.

"The VFW is fully committed to working with Congress and the VA to change the way the department delivers health care, to include finding the best way to leverage what the VA provides with what public or private practitioners out in the community can offer, with the end goal being the delivery of the highest quality integrated care so that no veterans are ever stranded in line again," said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy.

The VFW national commander is scheduled to present his organization's legislative positions at 2 p.m., Wednesday, in testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees in room G-50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Along with f...


VFW Launches Mobile App for 2017 Legislative Conference

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With its 2017 Legislative Conference only weeks away, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has designed a new mobile event app to give attendees the tools needed to make the most of their visit to the nation's capital. As the official guide to the 2017 VFW Legislative Conference, the VFW DC 2017 mobile app is available for download now at both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.Legislative Conference Mobile Event AppVFW to Take Veterans Voice to Capitol Hill

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.

The annual conference strengthens the VFW's advocacy efforts on behalf of America's veterans, service members and their families, as VFW members meet with elected representatives in the House and Senate to discuss the VFW's stance on a number of high priority veterans' issues.

The 2017 VFW Legislative Conference culminates on March 1, as VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testifies before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affair...


Application Period for The Home Depot 2018 Community Impact Grant is Now Open

The Home Depot has started accepting applications for their 2018 Community Impact Grant.VFW members can receive up to $5,000 to fund repairs or construction projects at their Post building.

While there are no guarantees to being funded, several VFW Posts have been awarded this grant in the past.

Applications are only accepted through Home Depot'sonline form. Telephone calls, emails or written submissions sent to Home Depot will NOT be accepted, nor will you be able to turn this application in at your local Home Depot store.

Applicants should expect a decision by email within six weeks of submission. Grants are awar...


VFW and SVA Announce 2018 Student Veteran Fellowship Class

WASHINGTON - Ten Student Veterans of America (SVA) leaders have been selected to join more than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) when they converge on Capitol Hill, March 4 to 7, to advocate on behalf of all veterans, service members and their families. The fellowship selections were announced during SVA's 10th National Conference in San Antonio.

"Through our fellowship program, the VFW and SVA seek to work with exemplary student veterans to hone their unique skills as advocates on campus, in the community, and on the national stage," said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. "The VFW sees this fellowship as yet another way of supporting our shared mission with SVA to empower future leaders."

The VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship is a semester-long academic experience that involves research, action, reporting and advocating on behalf of one of four veterans' policy areas: Success in higher education; transitioning from military to civilian life; succeeding in th...


VFW and SVA Announce 2017 Student Veteran Fellowship Class

WASHINGTON - Ten Student Veterans of America (SVA) leaders have been selected to join more than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. when they converge on Capitol Hill, Feb. 26 to March 2, to advocate on behalf of all veterans, service members and their families. The fellowship selections were announced this afternoon at SVA's 9th National Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

"Through our fellowship program, the VFW and SVA seek to work with exemplary student veterans to hone their unique skills as advocates on campus, in the community, and on the national stage," said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy. "The VFW sees this fellowship as yet another way of supporting our shared mission with SVA to transform today's scholars into tomorrow's leaders."

The VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship is a semester-long academic experience that involves research, action, reporting and advocating on behalf of one of four veterans...


VFW to Congress: 'Repeal Sequestration Once and for All'

WASHINGTON - This morning, before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committees, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. delivered testimony focused on ending sequestration and improving the care, services and programs provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"The VFW is pleased Congress recently passed a bipartisan budget agreement to alleviate the sequester's impact on our military and veterans, but you only delayed its return by two years," VFW National Commander Keith Harman told members of the committees. "Our service members, veterans and their families are counting on you to repeal sequestration once and for all!"

Harman commended the committee members in attendance for making some VFW-proposed changes to the Choice Program that have improved access to care, but reminded them the Choice Program is merely a stopgap, and must be replaced with a permanent and improved program that would:

  • Ensure timely access to high quality care;
  • Consol...


VFW to Deliver Veterans Voice to Congress

WASHINGTON - More than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliary are arriving in the nation's capital this weekend to urge their respective members of Congress to end sequestration and to continue improving the programs and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"The VFW is appreciative of the two-year budget agreement because it will bring temporary funding stability to the Defense Department," said VFW National Keith Harman, "but a two-year agreement doesn't end the continued threat of sequestration on a military that is still at war with an all-volunteer force that is fighting with less training and overused equipment," he said. "Sequestration has been the law of the land for seven years, so service members, veterans, their families and the VFW are counting on the newly-established super committee on budget and appropr...


VFW to Discuss Veterans' Issues With Congress

WASHINGTON - More than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. will take to the nation's capital the first week of March to advocate on behalf of America's nearly 25 million veterans and military service members, as well as their families and survivors.

VFW members meet regularly with their elected officials in their home offices and on Capitol Hill to enlist their support in bringing the VFW's legislative Priority Goals to fruition. Highlighting this year's conference will be VFW National Commander Keith Harman's testimony before a special joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, the presentation of the VFW Congressional Award to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), and the Voice of Democ...


VFW Testifies: Congress Must End Sequestration!

WASHINGTON- This afternoon, before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committees, Brian Duffy, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. delivered testimony focused on fixing the VA and ending sequestration.

"Let me be perfectly clear: Congress must end sequestration!" he told the committee members in attendance." He explained that despite ongoing conflicts and the rise in new threats since the 112th Congress created sequestration in 2011, America's service members continue to operate under a budget ax which has adverse effects on how successfully they're able to defend our nation, as well as quality of life programs.2017 Duffy Congressional TestimonyVFW Announces Top Youth Scholarship Winners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliary proudly announced the national winners of its annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions, live during last night's 2017 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Photo Caption: (Left) VFW National Commander Brian Duffy and VFW Auxiliary President Colette Bishop present Savannah Wittman with her $30,000 award; (right) VFW National Commander Brian Duffy and VFW Auxiliary President Colette Bishop present Lindi Compton with her $5,000 award.
2017 VOD PP WinnersVFW Announces 2013-2014 National Youth Scholarship Contest Winners

The winners of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition and the Patriot's Pen essay competition were announced yesterday during the 2014 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Voice of Democracy program celebrated its 67th year with this year's theme, "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future." The first-place winner, Madison Haley, sponsored by VFW Post 777 and Ladies Auxiliary in Mount Pulaski, Ill., received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she was presented with the T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award in the amount of $30,000. The second-place winner, Grace Speas, sponsored by VFW Post 10097 and Ladies Auxiliary in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., received the $16,000 Charles Kuralt Memorial Scholarship Award. The third-place winner, Luke Ball, sponsored by VFW Post 2573 and Ladies Auxiliary in Wilmington, N.C., received the $10,000 VFW Scholarship Award. All other state winners received at least a $1,000 college scholarship. More than 40,000 students ...


Living a Better 'Storey'

After losing his leg in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan, Kionte Storey has hiked to two of the highest points in the world.

Storey, who served in Iraq (2008 to February 2009) and Afghanistan (2010) with the 3rd Bn., 7th Marines as a basic infantry rifleman, said when he reached the summit of Mount Vinson in Antarctica in 2013, it was "such a big relief" that he cried.

"It was such a big moment for me because, here a year ago I was in the hospital. I didn't know how life would be, walking and struggling through my depression and not wanting to live," Storey said, "and now I'm at the summit of Mount Vinson blessed that I'm alive."

In what he called a "life-changing" moment, Storey said he thought about his brothers from combat and realized, after completing the 16,067-foot trek, that living to help others was what he needed to do.

"If I never went through that experience, I honestly couldn't tell you where I would be," Storey said.

I'm here for something better'


Help A Hero Recipient Credits the VFW for His Law School Success

Today, the father of three is preparing to graduate with a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., a feat, he said, that wouldn't have happened without the VFW.

In 2008, Tjaden deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Bde., 1st Armd. Div., for 15 months. As a close air support coordinator, Tjaden spent time at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Camp Liberty and Camp Stryker.

While deployed, Tjaden said he had trouble with his ankles, constantly rolling them. He would wrap his ankles and move on. It wasn't until he returned stateside that he learned he should have had doctors examine and properly care for his ankles long before.

He had surgeries on both ankles at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. During the process, nerves in his legs were damaged, and he could no longer walk. When he was medically retired in 2014, he was told a wheelchair would be hisnew way of life.

Undeterred, he contacted his alma mater, Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, Ill., to enroll an...


Unmet Needs Grant Relieves Military Family Facing Homelessness

Michael Ward, 39, of Sacramento, Calif., has lived a full life with the military. He's been a part of the Marine Corps, Army and Army National Guard. He gives high praise to his family for supporting the military lifestyle.

"My wife Elaina has also done more than her part to serve in her own way," he said. "She has always gone the extra mile in supporting the armed forces by planning events on bases and actively supporting other spouses."

They are proud parents of four; Stephen (13), Malcolm (9), Justice (7) and Michael (2).

In 2004, before his first child was born, Ward was serving as a sergeant in Iraq. After being briefed at a command station, he and his group came under enemy fire.

"I was blown from my truck, and hit my head on a rock. The attack was surreal it felt like I was in a movie," Ward said.

Upon returning to the states, Ward faced a homecoming all too familiar for many troops. After serving his country with pride for 16 years, he suddenly felt isolated and unsupported.

Ward...


VFW Teams Up With Vet Tix to Support Veterans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) and Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) are pleased to announce they've entered into an official alliance designed to benefit all veterans and service members, as well as their families and caretakers. By teaming up, both organizations increase awareness of the opportunities offered by both the VFW and Vet Tix. The organizations share the common goal of helping veterans during their time of service and as they transition back into civilian life by providing them with resources and support services.

"It is such an honor to partner with the VFW, which has such a rich history of supporting veterans since 1899," said Mike Focareto, CEO of Vet Tix. "This collaboration will provide opportunities for all veterans to become VetTixers while experiencing the benefits of both Vet Tix and the VFW. We have found that our tickets not only provide smiles and memories to our VetTixers but have also helped their reintegration into the community. I look forward t...


Combat Medic Earns Counseling Psychology Degree to Help Fellow Veterans

Matthew Carbonelli, 30, of Lake in the Hills, Ill., was recently awarded the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship." The funds will help him finish his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"I've seen friends in the military struggling with mental health problems, and I also work part-time at a shelter that serves the homeless population in Milwaukee. I've interacted with several veterans there," he said. "This is one of the reasons I want to spend my career combating the mental health crisis in the military."

Carbonelli served six years as a Combat Medic in the National Guard, and deployed to active duty in Afghanistan.

He related, "I wanted to do my duty to serve my country, and follow in my grandfather's footsteps."

Carbonelli is an active member of the VFW and the Student Veterans of America chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He developed a training workshop on suicide prevention and awareness for student veterans at his campus.

He als...


VFW Patriotic Youth Scholarship Contest Opens

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries for its 2018-19 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes just a week after the VFW's 2018 Legislative Conference concluded in Washington, D.C., where the top students from across the globe were recognized.

Dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, the VFW's Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay competitions help foster patriotism among today's youth. The programs also foster friendly competition as well as rewards success in the form of some $3 million in scholarship monies being distributed.

The Voice of Democracy theme for 2018-19 asks high school students to reflect on "Why My Vote Matters." The audio-essay ...


Hunger Among Veterans is a Growing Concern

Rich Synek remembers the day he encountered a hungry World War II vet. Synek was postmaster in Vernon Center, N.Y., in 2008 when he asked the Battle of Okinawa vet why he purchased stamps one at a time rather than buying a book of stamps.

Mr. B., as Synek refers to the vet, told him he couldn't afford it and for that matter, he and his wife could only afford to eat two weeks out of every month because their money didn't last.

The idea of the elderly vet going hungry was too much for Synek. He and his wife, Michele, went out that night and purchased a box of food to take
to Mr. B.

"There was nothing in the refrigerator other than condiments," said Synek, a VFW Department of New York member. "Nothing in the freezer, no cans of beans in the cupboard. It was sickening to me that our veterans can't afford such a basic necessity as food."

Out of this one act was born Feed Our Vets, a nonprofit founded by the Syneks in 2008 in New York. In addit...


VFW Statement on VA Secretary Change

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is saluting former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin for his faithful and dedicated service to veterans of all generations. He came aboard in 2015 as Undersecretary for Health as the VA was still reeling from a nationwide crisis in care and access that had rocked veterans' confidence a year before. He was retained by President Trump and confirmed as VA Secretary by the Senate 100-0. Under his tenure, the VA has achieved a host of successes ranging from increased accountability and transparency to a beefed-up education package and increases in overall funding and patient satisfaction. "The VFW wishes him and his family all the best in their futures," said VFW National Commander Keith Harman.

The nominee to become the next VA Secretary, Navy Rear Adm. (Dr.) Ronny Jackson, served in Iraq as an emergency physician in charge of resuscitative medicine for a forward deployed surgical shock trauma platoon, and since 2006, has been the ...


Taking Posts to the Next Level

Last year, two VFW Posts ushered in a new era. One elected its first female commander and the other elected its first black female commander. Both women hope to increase their Post's involvement in their communities.

VFW Post 9931 Commander Kimberly Napoleon said she initially didn't understand "what the impact would be" or how she would be received by her fellow Post members. However, she added that she was honored to be elected commander of the Bridgeport, Mich., Post last July.

"Our Post is predominantly all men, and to have them have enough confidence in me to take us to another level, that meant a lot," said Napoleon, who served in the Persian Gulf in 1990 as a local purchase agent with the 364th Supply and Service Company.

A "community servant by nature," Napoleon said her goal as commander is to bring more awareness of the VFW to the community.

"I believe in patriotism," Napoleon said. "I also believe in giving recognition to those to whom it's due, such as our veterans."

Specifically, ...


I Never Feel Out of Place'

Female veterans continue to make great strides within the ranks of VFW. More than ever, seasoned leaders within the organization welcome women with the realization that they, too, are a part of VFW's future.

This is exactly what happened at Post 7511 in Monroe, Wash., where the members met Global War on Terrorism veteran Jaymie Weber in January.

Weber, who served nine years in the Air Force, saw a Facebook notice about a pancake breakfast at the Post - about 35 miles northeast of Seattle - and decided to check it out.

"I stepped out of my introverted shell a little bit," said Weber, a mom of two daughters, ages 3 and 5. "I showed up and about half of the people were Vietnam vets and the other half younger."

Weber signed up to be a member, and it wasn't long before she was viewed as a "doer." She got the home-improvement retailer Lowe's to donate 43 flags to the Post just by asking. Post leaders were so impressed, they asked her to become quartermaster. She was elected in mid-2017, becoming the Post's ...


Air Force Sergeant Propels Success in Military Career

Sergeant Spencer Dwight Hardesty, 26, of Canyon Lake, Calif., joined the United States Air Force at the age of 19.

"I thought it would be an awesome experience to serve in the same branch as my brother," he said. "As time drew on, I gained a love and deep appreciation for the United States Air Force."

Hardesty recently graduated from Trident University with a degree in business administration. He's now working toward a credential at Villanova University with the hope of commissioning as an officer in the Air Force. The VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" is helping pay Hardesty's tuition expenses.

"Although I had finished my undergraduate program, the VFW is still opening doors in pursuing my education and helping me become a stronger candidate for commissioning as an officer," Hardesty expressed.

"This scholarship affirmed my belief that applying one's self as much as possible will allow you to succeed. It's just a stepping-stone to achieving my ultimate goal. I know I need to apply myself in w...


Humana and VFW Enhance Efforts to Drive Optimal Health for Veterans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. and KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation's leading health and well-being companies, through the Humana MarketPoint organization, has enhanced its exclusive agreement with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW), the nation's largest organization of war veterans and the oldest major veterans' organization in the U.S[1]. As part of this expanded relationship, Humana is the national Medicare Advantage (MA), Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) and Medicare Supplement plans carrier for the VFW with exclusive marketing and promotional rights to the VFW.

The 750,000+ members of the VFW, and their spouses, who are eligible, or approaching eligibility, for Medicare, will get seamless education, guidance and access to these plans.

"Humana...


Unmet Needs Grant 'Cleared the Fog' for Veteran on the Brink of Eviction

Torrey Wingate of Rochester, N.Y., joined the United States armed forces after she met an Army recruiter who inspired her to become more. Wingate was first stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., and went on to serve at Fort Myer, Va. During her time at Fort Myer, Wingate injured her back and knees.

She thrived in the structured routine of her military life, and missed this steadiness and stability when it came time to transition to civilian life. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder made the transition even more challenging. The fear and anxiety she felt took a great toll on her mental health.

Securing a job and leaning on her support system of husband, Todd, and their five children (ranging from 5 to 28 years old) helped smooth her transition.

Her progress came to a sudden halt when her family moved from upstate New York to North Carolina. With the increased cost-of-living and Wingate unable to find a job, they went from a "two-income household to a fraction of one."

She was devastated to see her dreams crumble as ...


Four Purple Heart Vets Hunt on the Great Plains

Hunting, much like war, forms a bond between people of different backgrounds. This holds true for the disabled veterans who participated in this year's 35th annual VFW magazine - and Doonan Gulch Outfitters - sponsored antelope hunt. Four Vietnam War veterans participated in hunting antelope, sightseeing and conversations.

Located 25 miles west of Broadus, Mont., Doonan Gulch Outfitters is owned and operated by Russ and Carol Greenwood. Russ Greenwood said Carol and he started hosting the annual hunt in 1982 because they didn't like the way Vietnam War veterans were treated when they came home.

Russ Greenwood also has a personal connection to Vietnam War veterans. His twin brother - Roger, a member of VFW Post 987 in Black River Falls, Wisc. - flew helicopters during the war. The Greenwoods started hosting disabled veterans 20 years ago. Since then, Doonan Gulch Outfitters has hosted veterans of every generation since the Vietnam War.

We didn't dwell on the war'
George Stavropoul...


Leading Veterans Groups Commend President's VA Budget Submission

WASHINGTON - The nation's top three veterans service organizations have released their latest edition of The Independent Budgetto coincide with the Administration's fiscal year 2019 budget recommendation for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more than 30 years, the three Independent Budget co-authors - DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States) - have presented budget and policy recommendations to Congress and the Administration. These recommendations - which are supported by 27 other health, family, military, and veteran service organizations - are meant to inform lawmakers of the needs of all veterans, and to offer substantive solutions to address the many health care and benefits challenges they face. This independently-developed budget serves as the veterans groups' benchmark for properly fu...


VFW Awards Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship to Big-Hearted Veteran

Marine veteran Jordan Soderman wears many hats. Everyday he is a full-time firefighter for the city of Minneapolis, Minn., father to 7-year-old Hunter and 5-year-old Caleb, husband to wife Jessica, Staff Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves and master's student in Emergency Management. It's a lot of responsibility and he takes great pride and care in each role.

Soderman was extremely grateful to be a recipient of the VFW's "Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship," especially because his family depends on his salary for a living.

Soderman grew up in the rural Midwest on his family's farm. He joined the Marines in 2006, right out of high school. He felt called to enlist because his parents taught him how much respect service members deserve, even though they were civilians themselves.

"The military was on a pedestal to me, and I wanted to give back to my country and travel outside my small town."

Soderman was deployed three times between 2007-2010. During the first two deployments, he was assigned to a Fleet An...


VFW Applauds Two-Year Budget Deal

WASHINGTON - Early this morning Congress voted to keep the government open for six more weeks as it works out a two-year budget deal that increases sequestration-levied spending caps for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The good news is the two-year budget deal should provide the Department of Defense the predictable funding it needs to improve readiness, and build a larger, more capable and lethal force. But the deal does not eliminate sequestration.

"Reducing the impact of sequestration by raising spending caps is a step in the right direction," said Keith Harman, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, "but the deal doesn't eliminate the sequester, which will still be the law after the two-year deal expires."

This morning's action raises spending caps by nearly $300 billion for both defense and non-defense spending for FYs 2018 and 2019. The VFW believes that the funding increase will protect military quality of life programs, the promised 2.4 percent pay raise, and oth...


VFW Announces Top National Teachers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to name the top three teachers in its 2018 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.

Each year, the VFW selects one teacher from the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12) levels to receive the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Established in 1999, the award recognizes our nation's top teachers for their exceptional commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students by promoting civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism in the classroom. The award is named after former VFW National Commander John Smart and retired VFW Quartermaster General Larry Maher.

Emily Cowan Ezell, a third-grade teacher at Cowan Elementary School in Cowan, Tenn., was named the elementary school winner for fostering students' patriotism through an annual production of her self-written and designed patriotic play, This Is Our Country. Ezell is known for planning ann...


From Struggling to Finding Strength

At PatientsLikeMe, a member of the VFW's Mental Wellness Campaign, we've been shining a spotlight on voices in the veteran community. We've heard from a military caregiverbattling caregiver fatigue, a lung cancer survivorcelebrating a year cancer free, and a veterans advocatewho shared how he stays calm with embroidery.

Today, we'd like to introduce Lynn, an Iraq war veteran living with PTSD and depression. Lynn shared about how he went from struggling daily to crossing the finish line of the Bataan Death March, a 26-mile trek through high desert terrain.

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VFW Continues Support of Bataan Memorial Death March

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce that for the eighth-consecutive year, it will be a presenting sponsor for the 29th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

The memorial march is a challenging, full-marathon expedition through 26.2 miles of high desert terrain, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health, and in many cases, their very lives.

Held annually since 1989, the March 25 event is anticipated to be the biggest event to date, with nearly 8,400 military and civilians participating individually or as teams.

"The VFW is honored to help ensure the sacrifices and stories of U.S. and Filipino soldiers who endured and perished during the Bataan Death March are never forgotten," said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. "For nearly 119 years, the VFW has been dedicated to honoring and pr...


Iraq War Veterans: Recalling Their Roles

This article is featured in the March 2018 issue ofVFW magazineand was written byKari Williams, associate editor, VFW magazine. USCG photo by PA1 Tom Sperduto.

Fifteen years ago this month, U.S. troops launched Operation Iraqi Freedom.

VFW magazine spoke with the organization's members who served during the war's opening phases. Older and 15 years wiser, they provide some perspective on their service, their shared sacrifices and their feelings about how the war ended.

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Reuniting Purple Hearts with Those Who Fought, Bled and Died

In the cozy basement office - or "man cave" - of his tidy Vermont home, Zachariah Fike picks up a Purple Heart, perhaps the military's best-known medal, and cradles it lovingly in the palm of his beefy left hand. He turns over the slightly scuffed and tarnished heart-shaped medal and sees a name inscribed on the back.

"World War II," he says as he looks over the medal that was recently sent to him. "At least that is what it looks like. Might have been lost or stolen or sold."

Fike, a blue-eyed, 6-foot-6-inch, 36-year-old full-time Vermont Army National Guard major, turns over the Purple Heart and carefully smooths out its frayed and curled purple and white ribbon.

"These medals were awarded to people who fought, bled and died for this country," he explains. "That's why we should do everything we can to see that they are returned."

As he carefully puts the medal back in its battered purple and gold presentation case, Fike, a VFW life member of the Department of Vermont, said, "The soldier who was award...


VFW Names Youth Scholarship Winners

WASHINGTON- The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce the national winners of its 2017-18 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions. The winners were announced live during last night's Parade of Winners at the 2018 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program celebrated its 71st year with nearly 40,000 students weighing in on this year's theme, "American History: Our Hope for the Future." Robyn Anzulis, sponsored by VFW Post 10076 and its Auxiliary in Mt. Airy, Md., received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she was presented with the $30,000 T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship award and delivered her first-place essay.

The second-place winner, Philip Dunagan, sponsored by VFW Post 2471 and its Auxiliary in The Dalles, Ore., was awarded the $16,000 Charles Kuralt Memorial Scholarship. Th...


VFW Unmet Needs Grant Is Not a Hand Out, It Is a Hand Up

Michael R. Aaron of Lebanon, Ore., joined the United States Marine Corps during his senior year of high school after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Aaron served as a Machine Gunner in the Marines for over five years.

During his years of service, Aaron faced many physical and mental health challenges. While stationed in Iraq, he broke his wrist and suffered a burst fracture in his spine.

The horrific experiences of war followed Aaron home from Iraq and Afghanistan in the form of a Traumatic Brain Injury, Tinnitus and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). He jumped from job to job, searching for a greater purpose, but nothing seemed to help.

Aaron felt like he was drowning under the weight of the PTS, and with the devastating news of the suicides of several of his brothers he served with, he could no longer stay afloat.

His mental health continued to decline. The strain on his wife, Whitney, and his two children, Henry and Laura, was immense and finally prompted Aaron to seek help.

Aaron sought treatment at...


Afghanistan Veteran Sets Stage for Comedy Shows

Comedy is not a cure for the mental wounds service members receive overseas. But for Patrick Donohue, it plays an important role.

The Afghanistan War veteran said there are "no words to describe the internal happiness" he feels because of his nonprofit Project9Line, which hosts a comedy workshop for veterans.

Donohue said though it's not the only activity that has helped him personally,
comedy has made a difference with approaching others and speaking publicly.

"[I'm able to] share my experiences just so much better now," Donohue said. "It's like night and day."

Donohue, a member of VFW Post 433 in Sayville, N.Y., started Project9Line in late 2013-early 2014 to help veterans. Donohue served in Kandahar, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Bde., 101st Abn. Div., as a water-treatment specialist from 2010 to 2011, and said he was diagnosed with PTSD while on active duty.

"When I returned home from overseas, I had a r...


VFW Advocacy Helps Lower New TRICARE Program Costs

WASHINGTON - The Defense Health Agency (DHA) this week lowered co-payments on its new TRICARE Select health benefit plan thanks entirely to the advocacy efforts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and other veteran, military and family service organizations.

The fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directed an extensive overhaul of the military's health benefit program, effective Jan. 1, 2018, that principally merged TRICARE Standard and Extra into a new TRICARE Select category, and created two new beneficiary groups: Group A, individuals who served prior to Jan. 1, 2018; and Group B, individuals who began their military service after that date.

Group B co-payments were outlined in the NDAA, but DHA calculated new Group A co-pays based on past costs, instead of adopting the percent-of-services-used model employed by the former TRICARE Standard and Extra plans. This caused great concern in the military and veteran communities, because the flat-rate syst...


VFW Claims Director Shows Passion for Mental Health Awareness

Jon Gohn, 39, of Lakeville, Minn., serves as a Staff Sergeant with the South Dakota Army National Guard. Since enlisting in February of 2000, Gohn has deployed to Iraq and Kuwait. His work now focuses on training soldiers in the Army Basic Instructor Course, the Army Small Group Instructor Training Course and certification and non-commissioned officer training for 13M Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

Gohn said, "I first wanted to join the military because I wasn't living a lifestyle that was conducive to self-improvement.

"I walked into the National Guard Office in Aberdeen, S.D. and told the recruiting officer, I need to give back and stop taking advantage of my freedoms.'"

Since then he has strived to model the core values he learned in the military.

"The National Guard has given back to me everything and more than I have put into it," Gohn expressed. "If I wasn't a veteran, I wouldn't have the career I have today.

"And I personally believe there's no better job out there."

Gohn also work...


VFW-Sport Clips Scholarship Program Tops $4 Million!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce that its VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program has now awarded more than $4.1 million in scholarships to 943 military and student veterans. The latest award of more than $550,000 will now enable 118 student veterans to continue their higher education classes this spring semester.

"The VFW was instrumental in the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the new Forever GI Bill, but those beefed-up educational assistance programs still can't cover the full cost for certain curriculums," said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. "Through the generosity of Sport Clips and its founder, VFW Life member Gordon Logan, we were able to c...


Why Social Media Matters

Regardless of where you are in your transition from a military to civilian career, you've likely heard the advice to build a presence on social media. Maybe, as you heard this advice, you thought:

Social media is for young people to chat and "meetup."
I've missed the boat on building an online presence. It's too late for me.
I'm afraid to give out my personal information to just anyone!
I don't know where to start

Social Media Today

When social media first came on the scene, it was mostly filled with young people sharing pictures, thoughts and opinions of their lives and surroundings. Job seekers also used social media to learn about companies who were hiring and how to apply.

For student veterans, social media can produce thoughtful content, intere...


UPDATE: Federal Government Shutdown

The TRICARE.mil website has been updated to include the latest information about beneficiaries' access to health care services. The www.TRICARE.mil/shutdown page has the following text, as well as additional details about impacts of government shutdown on MHS beneficiary services. Individuals can sign up to receive email alerts regarding any impacts to their TRICARE benefit during the shutdown. Please visitwww.TRICARE.mil/shutdownfor up-to-date information.

The Military Health System will continue to provide health care to its beneficiaries during a government shutdown. While we can't predict the exact consequences of a shutdown on every part of our MHS, we may see some impacts on the delivery of health care services within our military hospitals and clinics.

Inpatient, acute and emergency outpatient care in our medical and dental facilities will continue, as will private sector c...


VFW Announces Annual Publications Contest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting submissions for its 2018 National Publications Contest. VFW publications published up to four times annually, or five or more times annually, will be judged in four categories.

The categories are:

Department-level publications:

  • Newspaper/Newsletter
    • Defined as being printed on newspaper stock.
  • Best Feature Story
    • All publications judged together in this category and submitted separately. The story must be a published article of at least 300 words. It can be originally written by your newspaper/magazine staff or by a freelance writer, or be reprinted from a newspaper within your state.
  • Magazine

'Defiance and Unity'

Hurricane Harvey caused the windows of VFW Post 3904 in Rockport, Texas, to blow in. Air pressure forced the roof off the building, and it landed in three neighboring yards. Part of the front wall also fell in.

But days later, Post members held a meeting in the parking lot, amid the destruction.

"It was a complete act of defiance and unity," said Post Commander Jimmy McCombs. "It was our way of saying Harvey can kiss our - you know."

Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall Aug. 25, was the first major hurricane to hit the Texas coast since Celia in 1970, according to the National Weather Service.

McCombs, who served three tours (1983, 1992 and 1996) in the Persian Gulf and during Operation Desert Storm with the Navy, said as soon as word spread about the damage to Post 3904, he started receiving calls. Messages arrived from as far as Boston, Mass., and Tacoma, Wash., along with various Texas Posts. As of September, the Post had received about $4,500, according to McCombs.

As the Post awaits word fro...


VFW Joins with Veteran-Founded ID.me to Simplify Members Online Experience

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce it has teamed up with ID.me to provide its members with a more streamlined and secure online experience. The VFW is the first major veterans service organization to use ID.me as a single-sign on for its digital platforms.

VFW members can now sign up for an online account with ID.me, creating a single username and password to log in to the VFW Online Membership System, access VA benefits on Vets.gov, and gain immediate access to military discounts from 200+ retailers.

Marine Veteran Continues Recovery with Help from Unmet Needs

Terry Snelling, age 34, of Gravette, Ark., was awarded a VFW Unmet Needs grant for his mortgage payment after a devastating medical condition threatened his ability to work.

Snelling served for 16 years in the Marines as an aircraft mechanic, deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. After retiring early and returning home to wife, Jennie and their three children, Cody, Dustin and Alexa, the unthinkable happened.

Snelling suffered a stroke last November, and as a result lost the use of his left arm and leg. Though currently in rehab, he is still struggling with regaining fine motor skills.

The retirement money Snelling had from the Marine Corps wasn't enough, and he and his family began to worry about the future. "I had been looking for work but have been having a hard time finding anything, since I couldn't draw on my experience as an aircraft mechanic without full use of my left hand," he said.

Snelling is currently in school for mechanical engineering through the VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and E...


VFW Disaster Assistance Tops $680,000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce that its VFW Unmet Needs program provided a total of $684,000 in disaster assistance grants to help more than 2,050 military and veteran families recover from last year's string of natural disasters.

The relief funds aided more than 1,063 families after Hurricane Harvey, 925 families after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, and more than 40 families after the California wildfires.

In addition to the monetary support provided by the VFW national organization, many local VFW members quickly joined relief efforts in their own devastated communities. When members of VFW Post 4709 in Conroe, Texas, discovered their Red Cross couldn't reach several emergency shelters, they prepared and shipped out three meals a day for nearly 2,000 people.

Shortly after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, VFW Post 754 Commander Gamalier Rosa departed his hometown of Shutesbury, Mass., for the storm-stricken island armed with Unmet Needs...


VFW Posts Again Support 'Salute Our Troops'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and Tractor Supply Company (TSC) are teaming up for the fifth consecutive year to make this year's Memorial Day weekend a community event across the nation!2017 Salute our Troops

On May 27, TSC, the largest farm and ranch store chain in the United States, is offering local VFW Posts the opportunity to distribute "Buddy" Poppies and program information ranging from service officer claims assistance to scholarships and financial assistance grants. Many Posts will also have cookouts.

Encourage your Post to join in and


Yuengling's Lagers for Heroes Campaign to Support VFW

Pottsville, Pa. - D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. is pleased to announce it will enter its second year of support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. through its "Lagers For Heroes" campaign.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. will recognize the sacrifices that America's veterans have made with a significant donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars' assistance programs in the amount of $100,000. Yuengling, America's Oldest Brewery began supporting the VFW through their "Lagers For Heroes" program in 2016. This year's program runs May 29 to July 4, 2017 and promotes Yuengling Traditional Lager and Light Lager with the line "Grab A Lager & Toast A Hero."Yuengling Lagers for HeroesAnnual VFW Youth Scholarship Competitions Now Open

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries into its 2017-18 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes after students from across the globe recently took home their share of more than $3.3 million in scholarships and awards from last year's competitions.

The VFW's Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today's youth. Students are required to submit an oral or written essay in response to a question or statement on a subject which prompts them to consider how American history and democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives.

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