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Save The Date: 27 January 2018

Career Prep & Hiring Event for military personnel and their families!


2018 SPRING SWEEPSTAKES RULES

Sweepstakes Rules


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

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


The Hawthorne Hangar Dance Is Back!

BACK FOR YEAR 3, THE HAWTHORNE HANGAR DANCE SUPPORTS THE VFW’S UNMET NEED PROGRAM


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.


Grant Application Period Open for NonProfits that Serve Veterans, Families

Applications Due by November 30, 2017


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:


West Bend To Salute Veterans November 6th

City of West Bend, WI, Common Council is celebrating and saluting all Veterans of Washington County.


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.


V-J Day Commemoration

Visitors to Washington, D.C., are invited to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Victory over Japan Day at the National World War II Memorial at 11 a.m., Sept. 2.


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:


WOMEN VETERANS CONFERENCE

The VFW is hosting a Women Veterans Conference, OCT 6-7, 2017 at the Wisconsin Military Academy, Ft. McCoy.


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.,...


Guadalcanal Commemoration

At 11:30 a.m. EDT, Monday, Aug. 7, visitors to Washington, D.C., are invited to attend a brief ceremony and wreath presentation at the National World War II Memorial’s Pacific Arch to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal.


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:


The WarBirds Are Coming to Central Wisconsin!

A Squadron of vintage WW-II fighter planes is coming to Central Wisconsin Airport on Wednesday, July 26th and supporting the mission of the Never Forgotten Honor Flights!


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.


VFW Sponsoring National Online Job Fair

VFW National is conducting an online Job Fair open to ALL Veterans this Wednesday, June 21st. Check it out!


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...


V-E Day Monday

Visitors to Washington, D.C., are invited to help commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day at the National World War II Memorial at 11 a.m.,


MIA Update

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of one American who had been missing in action from Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors is:


WISCONSIN VFW NEWS, POSTS 10818 & 10406 TAKE NATIONAL HONORS

The Wisconsin VFW News takes First Place honors nationally in for a third consecutive year; New Richmond 10818 places 2nd for outstanding Post Newsletter in their division as does Cochrane Post 10406!


Wisconsin National Guard crowns 2017 Best Warriors

FORT MCCOY, Wis. - A select group of sixteen Soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard faced off in the 2017 State Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., April 21-23.


Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference May 25, 2017 - 10AM-2PM

JOIN US AT Concordia University Wisconsin 12800 N Lake Shore Dr. Mequon, WI 53097


VFW Supports VA Accountability First Act

This month marks the third anniversary of a nationwide crisis in access to care that branded the Department of Veterans Affairs as an inept and corrupt government bureaucracy that was failing in its primary mission to care for those who had borne the battle.


EO Improves VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

The president signed an executive order yesterday that will improve VA employee accountability and better protect whistleblowers.


VFW Attends Roundtable on VA Caregiver Program

On Thursday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a roundtable to discuss VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.


Retired Soldier Council Panel

On Tuesday, the VFW participated in a panel discussion during the annual meeting of the Chief of Staff, Army Retired Soldier Council.


Defense Health Agency Working Group

The VFW participated in a veterans and military service organization working group on Wednesday with Acting Deputy Director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) RADM Colin Chinn.


Senate Holds Veteran Suicide Prevention Hearing

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies held a hearing titled “Preventing Veteran Suicide.”


VA Partners to Increase Medical Providers

On Thursday, the Department of Veterans Affairs entered into a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services.


New Construction Guidelines for State Veteran Nursing Homes

On Thursday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin announced new guidelines for construction of State Veteran Nursing Homes.


V-E Day May 8

Visitors to Washington, D.C., are invited to help commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day at the National World War II Memorial at 11 a.m., May 8.


MIA Update

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


VFW Offers Emergency Assistance Grants to Westech Veterans

The VFW is offering up to $5,000 in emergency assistance grants to each of the nearly three dozen student veterans who once attended Westech College, ...


VA Launches New Wait Time Transparency Site

The Department of Veterans Affairs rolled out a new website this week that will enable veterans to track which VA facility has the shortest appointment wait times,....


Thousands Pre-Enroll for VA National Cemetery Interment

Since first announced last December, more than 10,000 eligible veterans have taken advantage of a new VA benefit that allows them to pre-enroll...


Help Build DS Memorial on National Mall

The Desert Storm Memorial has been approved to be built in Washington, D.C. Now the question is where, since the...


Pentagon VSO/MSO Roundtable

On Wednesday, the VFW participated in the first quarterly veteran and military service organization roundtable hosted by Secretary of Defense (SecDef) James Mattis....


Army Secretary Nominee a VFW Life Member

The president last week nominated Dr. Mark E. Green to be the next secretary of the Army. Dr. Green, a Life member of VFW Post 11160 in Clarksville,....


VA Seeks Under Secretary for Health

On Monday, VA announced that there will be a commission to identify the best candidate for the position of under secretary for Health from a pool of applicants.


VFW Supports Second Division Memorial Modification Act

On Wednesday, the VFW announced its support for S. 907, the Second Division Memorial Modification Act.


VFW National Home for Children

The VFW National Home for Children was created to help veteran families in your community. Active duty military families, veteran families, ....


VFW Posts Host Congressional Town Halls

As spring arrives, VFW Posts across the country are opening their doors to members of Congress for town hall events....


Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary Commemoration

Visitors to Washington, D.C., next Tuesday are invited to attend the 75th commemoration of the Doolittle Raid...


MIA Update

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


VFW Applauds Choice Program Extension and Improvement

On Wednesday, Congress passed S. 544, which would authorize VA to use the $10 billion Congress intended to go toward providing veterans care in their communities when they are not able to receive timely access to care at VA health care facilities.


VFW and PatientsLikeMe Join for Mental Health Awareness

The VFW is proud to have teamed up with PatientsLikeMe to raise awareness, improve research and provide intervention for veterans,....


VFW Testifies on Veterans Crisis Line

On Tuesday, the VFW testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs about ....


VFW Testifies on Veterans Legislation

On Wednesday, VFW Associate Director Patrick Murray testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability...


Hearing on VA Home Loan Appraisers

On Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing on ways to improve the VA’s....


Continuing Resolution Spells Disaster for DOD

Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force David Goldfein, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller ....


New SGLI Management Website

Several federal agencies involved with the management of the insurance program used by the military, known as Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI),...


VA Urges Female Participation in Million Veteran Program

The Million Veteran Program is a voluntary research program led by the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a...


President Authorizes Gulf War Memorial Location

President Trump signed into law the resolution for the location of a national memorial dedicated to those who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.


MIA Update

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


Veterans Want VA Fixed, Not Dismantled

President Trump announced Monday the creation of a White House Office of American Innovation to “bring together the best ideas from government, the private sector, and other thought leaders to ensure that America is ready to solve today's most intractable problems.”


VFW Testifies on VA Health Care

On Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss 10 bills pending before the subcommittee.


VFW Testifies on Veterans Affairs Budget

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs held a hearing to discuss VA’s budget for fiscal year 2018 and advance appropriations for fiscal year 2019.


Veterans Appeals Roundtable

The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs hosted a roundtable discussion about modernizing the appeal process for veterans’ disability benefits.


VFW to Testify In Support of Blue Water Sailors

On April 5, 2017, the VFW will testify in front of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs


National Vietnam War Veterans Day

The president signed into law this week a VFW-supported bill that officially designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.


VFW Supports GWOT Memorial Bill

The VFW Washington Office hosted a press conference Tuesday to announce the introduction of H.R. 873, the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, ....


VFW Meets Russian POW/MIA Delegation

The VFW met twice this week with a Russian delegation from the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIA Affairs, and their Ministry of Defense.


VA Now Lists Burial Times Online

VA announced this week that there will be an online listing of burial times for all VA cemeteries. The move, which will cover the 168 facilities operated by VA directly,


Arlington Faces Future Burial Issues

On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs held a hearing to discuss current operations and concerns with shrinking space for future...


Continuing Resolution Spells Disaster for DOD

The Chiefs of Staff of the Army and Air Force, Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps....


MIA Update

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of 11 Americans who had been missing in action from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


Congress Passes Legislation Honoring Vietnam War Veterans

The House of Representatives passed a bill which would amend the flag code to include National Vietnam War Veterans Day...


Southeast Asia Fact-Finding Trip

VFW Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman returned from a two-week POW/MIA fact-finding trip to Southeast Asia late last week ....


Hearing on VA Recruitment and Retention Authorities

On Wednesday, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss ways to improve VA’s ability to recruit and retain high quality ....


Hearing on DOD Civilian Personnel Reform

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel held a hearing to discuss needed reforms of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) civilian personnel system.


Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

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


Mattis-Dunford Budget Testimony

On Thursday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.


Social Media Scrutiny

Congress continues its inquiries in the wake of the “Marines United” scandal, where naked images of female service members were posted online accompanied by denigrating comments.


State of the Air Force

Senior officials from the Air Force testified to the House Armed Service Committee Wednesday on the impact sequestration and unpredictable funding have on readiness and modernization.


Hearing on Use of Union Time

On Tuesday, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing to discuss how much time VA employees should be allowed to spend on union activities, known as official time.


MIA Update

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


#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran Ronald Ramos

The VA recognized Wisconsin VFW member: Ron Ramos as Veteran of the Day


VFW Shares Concerns with President

VFW National Veterans Service Director Ryan M. Gallucci met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and senior administration staff ....


Camp Lejeune Exposure Update

For years the VFW has worked with Congress and VA to establish a streamlined disability compensation process for veterans who suffer from health conditions associated with exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.


TRICARE Contract Start Date Delayed

Yesterday at a Military Health System MSO/VSO Executive Council meeting, the Defense Health Agency announced that they will delay the transition of the TRICARE contract from Oct. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2018. The new contract reduces TRICARE from three regions....


Legislation Impacting Veterans Clears the House

Three bills impacting veterans were passed by the House of Representatives this week. H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, would prevent veterans who need help only to manage their finances, and are not a threat to themselves or others, from being banned from owning firearms.


HASC Sequestration Hearings

The House Armed Services Subcommittees held several hearings this week....


SASC Hearing on Marine Scandal

On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the Marine Corps’ ongoing investigation into the “Marines United” website scandal.


DOD Releases Service Academy Report

On Wednesday, the Department of Defense (DOD) released its Annual Report on Sexual Violence and Harassment at the Military Service Academies....


VA Seeks Under-Secretary for Benefits

On Wednesday, VA announced that there will be a commission to identify the best candidate for the position of under-secretary of benefits...


MIA Update

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


Wisconsin Film Festival

The Wisconsin Film Festival and the UW-Madison Arts Institute will be showing a movie called American Sunrise on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM Union South Marquee - Madison UW


VFW National Commander Testifies Before Congress

VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testified on Wednesday ...


IB Coauthors Release FY 2018 Budget Recommendations

The three Independent Budget (IB) coauthors (VFW, DAV and PVA) ...


In Memory Program Deadline Today

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is accepting applications for Vietnam veterans to be honored at the 2017


Marine Reunion Web Page

The Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller...


MIA Update:

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


Salute to Hospitalized Veterans

The week of February 12 was the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Salute to hospitalized veterans. On Thursday February 16, 2017 the veterans at the Madison VA Hospital had a special visitor.


Wisconsin Army Guard brigade takes part in Warfighter exercise

More than 200 Soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and volunteers from other units participated in a Warfighter Exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, Jan. 28 to Feb. 17.


Assessing the VA IT Landscape

On Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held its first oversight hearing to discuss challenges VA faces with its IT infrastructure.


House Veterans Affairs Roundtable

The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity hosted a roundtable discussion with committee members and veterans service organizations....


VSOs Release Independent Budget

The VFW, along with coauthors Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America, released their 30th edition of the Independent Budget,....


Military Struggling With Budget Instability

Ending sequestration has been a top VFW legislative priority ever since it was created by the Budget Control Act of 2011;


Pentagon RIF Meeting

Last week, the VFW expressed concern to the Department of Defense that its new reduction in force (RIF) policy ––


VA Nominee Gets Closer to Confirmation

On Tuesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted unanimously to advance the nomination of Dr. David J.Shulkin...


Women’s History Month Art Exhibits

The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans has announced 10 VA Medical Centers that will display female veteran artists’....


MIA Update

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


Vets Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing

On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing to vet Dr. David Shulkin...


Army Reserve VSO/MSO Roundtable

The VFW participated in a veteran and military service organization roundtable on Thursday...


New Blended Retirement Training

On Tuesday, the Department of Defense released training on the new Blended Retirement System....


DOD Increases Discharge and Records Review Outreach

The Department of Defense is renewing its efforts to make more veterans aware of military discharge and records review opportunities.


Iraqi Translators Now Welcome

Defense officials this week are welcoming an administration decision to allow Iraqi translators and interpreters with special documentation to come to the United States.


Veterans Day Poster Contest

The 2017 Veterans Day Poster Contest is now open for submissions...


DeCA Announces Private Labels

The Defense Commissary Agency has chosen the names “Freedom’s Choice™” for its private label....


MIA Update

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


VFW 2017 Raffle Calendar Results

Congratulations to all our winners! Your participation enables us to help more Wisconsin Veterans than ever before.


VFW Post 10818 recognizes Senator Harsdorf's efforts

New Richmond and St. Croix County VFW Post 10818 members Dave Green and Ken House presented State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf with a special commemorative collection of flags flown in the Field of Flags as part of the Wall that Heals memorial, which visited New Richmond in September in 2015.


Thank you to Sports Clip - Pewaukee

Sports Clip franchises throughout the US have generously donated to the VFW Scholarship program for veterans.


Hudson High School Marching Band Performs at Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

"While we played in front of the ship it truly set in that we were playing for all those who lost their lives."


Two Wisconsin National Guard aviation units deploying

Nearly 100 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers will deploy to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operations Spartan Shield and Freedom Sentinel later this winter.


Thank you to Burger King

Burger King Franchises have donated over a million dollars to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs program. This January various VFW Post, District and State Officers presented Burger King Franchise managers with a plaque.


New Congress Starts by Passing Vets Bills

On Tuesday, shortly after the opening of the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives passed its first two pieces of legislation, H.R. 27 and H.R. 28


CA National Guard to Pay Back Bonuses

After years of trying to collect reenlistment bonuses from California National Guard members and mounting pressure from the VFW, Congress and other VSOs, the Department of Defense (DOD) suspended its collection efforts in October of 2016.


VFW National Home Helps Military and Veteran Families

For more than 92 years, the VFW National Home for Children has offered families the chance to heal and grow.


MIA Update

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of 21 Americans who had been missing in action from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


Opportunity at Veterans Manor

Serve Veterans a Meal and some social time


VFW Joins Give an Hour on SiriusXM Radio

On Monday, VFW National Commander Brian Duffy joined with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Give An Hour President Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, to discuss the campaign to change how our nation perceives mental health care


Air Force Announces New Top Enlisted Advisor

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth Wright has been selected to become the next chief master sergeant of the Air Force.


Overseas Military Shipping Deadlines Near

The Military Postal Service Agency is alerting


MyVA311

Last week, VA launched 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a 24/7 one-stop information service platform for all VA services.


MIA Update

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


A General’s New Mission: Leading a Charge Against PTSD

Rank may have its privileges, but it holds no immunity from combat injuries. PTSD does not limit its effects to any one class of warrior: It's an equal-opportunity problem!


Native Americans Continue to Honor Ancestors, legacy of Red Arrow

Native Americans in Wisconsin have a proud heritage of service to America and our State of Wisconsin.


Wisconsin's First Responders are first to respond to crash

Five members of Wisconsin National Guard's 54th Civil Support Team were driving home after an Oct. 20 mission at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin when a sea of brake lights forced them to stop.


Women troops feel undervalued and unappreciated

Female troops and veterans want the public to know their military service is much more than just discussion of sexual assault in the ranks, according to a new survey released Monday, November 14, 2016


La Crosse health service lands Veterans Affairs contracts

LA CROSSE - Officials from a La Crosse-based company have said they landed four U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contracts worth up to $3 billion to provide medical disability examinations.


Happy Birthday, Marines!

The United States Marine Corps celebrates 241 years of service!


Wisconsin Guard member awarded Purple Heart

FORT McCOY, Wis. - Six years after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldier Spc. Brandon L. Pszanka was awarded the Purple Heart Medal during an Oct. 16 ceremony.


Operation Ruck 22 for Vets

On October 22, 2016 Sixty-five individuals started a march of 22 miles around Madison to bring awareness to the number of veterans who commit suicide every day.


What Veterans Day Means to Me

The meaning of Veterans Day to an OIF/OEF Veteran


Veterans Day in Washington

VFW Posts everywhere will be recognizing Veterans Day on Nov. 11.


Vietnam Era Health Study

This week VA announced a nationwide study –– the Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS) –– that will assess the current health and well-being of Vietnam veterans, Blue Water Navy veterans, and veterans who served elsewhere during the Vietnam Era (1961–1975).


National Family Caregivers Month

Throughout the month of November, Caregiver Support Coordinators located at every VA medical center will be holding special events for caregivers.


VA Center for Women Veterans Meeting

The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans (CWV) held a breakfast on Wednesday.


Nominate a Hero

Do you know a fellow citizen who has performed a singular act of extraordinary heroism or a continued commitment to putting others first?


Shop Amazon, Support the VFW Foundation

Online Shoppers can do more to help our fellow Veterans by choosing a simple option.


MIA Update

Never forgotten: Three more comrades are coming home at last...


Operation Ruck 22 for Vets Gains Coverage

Madison OPERATION RUCK-22 for Vets covered by two local TV Stations.


TOMAH VA and VETERANS ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION Sever Ties

Security, Staffing concerns cause VAMC to direct VAF program to relocate off VAMC campus.


Operation Ruck 22 for Vets

VFW Post 1318, 7591, and 8483


Wisconsin Air Guard unit earns seventh Outstanding Unit Award

Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, Wisconsin's adjutant general, presented the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award to Col. Daniel Yenchesky, commander of the 128th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), during a formal ceremony Oct. 2 at Gen. Mitchell Airfield.


Wisconsin Guard members help military veterans in need

More than 80 Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard traveled to Pleasanton, California Sept. 15-19, for an Innovative Readiness Training exercise intended to improve their deployment and readiness capabilities.


Intercept Missions Increase Pilot Readiness

Through the small window in the back-left side of the private plane, they were easy to spot. Two Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons were quickly approaching. The pilots were talking on the radio, trying to get a response...


I Fought For YOU! -

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


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 ...


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 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 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 Affairs Committees, where he ...


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 WinnersLeading 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 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...


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...


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...


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...


Airman Pursues Passion for IT

Nathaniel Juarez, 27, of Greensboro, N.C., was recently awarded the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship." The funds will help pay his tuition as Juarez works toward his Doctorate in Information Technology.

After enlisting and completing basic training at the age of 17, Juarez served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar. He worked in both Special Forces Communications and Base Communications. Soldier Pursues IT

His passion for technology and communication led him to the Information Technology field, and inspired his decision to pursue a degree in Intelligence Studies.

"Information Technology is an ever-changin...


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...


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 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...


'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...


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...


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 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 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.

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...


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 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...


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...


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

Annual 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.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

One in five Americans experience some form of mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This includes the nation's veterans.

To this end, the Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month.Mental Health Awareness

According to Dr. Wendy Tenhula, VA Deputy Chief Consultant for Specialty Mental Health, the theme of the month is Use Your Voice (#useyourvoice).

Tenhula said the goal is to encourage everyone to start a conversation about mental health and how p...


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 Heroes

Former Marine Linguist Pursues Educational Goals

"As a Marine, I learned how to adapt to uncertainty and persevere in difficult circumstances. I conducted regional threat analysis and worked closely with diplomatic and military leaders across the world."Former Marine Pursues Goals

Robert Dahlhausen, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, served five years as a Corporal in the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. After studying Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., Dahlhausen deployed as a Linguist. He worked in countries across the Mediterranean, including Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

"I worked with almost every unit we had, including our infantry, intel, combat journalists, and logistics units," he said. "I als...


VA, VFW and Walgreens Collaborate to Enhance Veterans Access to Mental Health Resources

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars and drugstore chain Walgreens announced a collaborative agreement May 6, which will help improve mental health care for veterans through enhanced education, access to resources and outreach.

Celebrating a collaborative agreement of their three organizations to help improve mental health care for veterans are, from left, VFW National Commander Brian Duffy, Walgreens Medical Director for Clinical Programs and Quality Dr. Chet Robson, and VA Executive Director for the Office of Suicide Prevention Dr. Caitlin Thompson.
VA VFW Walgreens

VFW Auxiliary Announces 2017 Continuing Education Scholarship Winners

Kansas City, Mo. -The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Auxiliary is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Continuing Education Scholarship contest. Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded, one in each of the four Auxiliary Conferences.VFW Auxiliary Scholarship Winners

Candy Applegate was named the winner of the Big 10 Conference. Applegate, a member of Auxiliary 5178 in Gravois Mills, Mo., is enrolled to study accounting and business management at Ozark Technical Community College. Applegate said the scholarship will help her be able to afford the cost of continuing her education while she works part-time at a local retirement com...


VFW Names National Teacher Award Winners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its selection of three teachers in its 2017 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.

Each year, one teacher is selected from the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12) levels. 2017 VFW Teacher Award

Theresa Early, a fourth-grade special education teacher at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., was named the elementary school winner for her involvement in her school's Military Kids Club, establishing a student color guard, and encouraging students to draft classroom rules during Constitution Day festivities.

VFW Honors Pearl Harbor Survivor with Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. honored a Pearl Harbor survivor and author on May 2, 2017, at VFW National Headquarters.

Retired U.S. Navy officer Jim Downing, 103, was presented a certificate of recognition by VFW Quartermaster General Debra Anderson in appreciation for his 24 years of Navy service. Downing is a VFW Life member.Jim Downing

"I feel I don't deserve it, but I will accept the honor on behalf of all veterans," Downing said of the honor.

Downing is the second-oldest known Pearl Harbor survivor. He fought in and survived the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, while stationed on the battleship USS West Virgini...


VFW Members Mobilize to Give Back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliary will be out in force on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 2017, to show their support and appreciation for BURGER KING franchisees as part of #ThankBK Appreciation Day.ThankBK Appreciation Day

Since 2007, BURGER KING franchisees and their customers have contributed over $4.3 million to the VFW Unmet Needs program. This program provides grants of up to $5,000 to qualified applicants who've fallen on hard times as a result of deployment, injury, or other military-related activities. To date, BURGER KING's generosity has directly assisted more than 4,100 veterans and military families.

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VFW Statement on Comedian Kathy Griffin

WASHINGTON - "The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. strongly condemns comedian Kathy Griffin's incredibly revolting attack on the President of the United States. Her apology is not accepted. What she did was not humorous nor should it be protected speech or expression. Playing to an audience with a severed head is what our enemies do. The USO should immediately end its relationship with her." - VFW National Commander Brian Duffy...


Winners of Publications Contest Announced

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - VFW has announced the winners of the 2017 National Publications Contest. Two years ago, the publications contest underwent significant changes to encourage continued participation. The contest's reorganization created two new categories: Magazine and Best Feature Article. This year's competition retained those changes.

Two non-VFW-affiliated journalism professionals served as judges for the competition. This is designed to guarantee impartiality and objectivity in the judging. To reiterate, VFW staffers play no part in judging the entries.

The winning publications in each category are:

Magazine

Grand Award:
Texas VFW News
Roy Grona, Editor

Silver Award:
The Leader Magazine
Greg Stafford, Editor

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Army Veteran Has the Grit to Pursue Her Goals

Samantha Bedore, 26, from Phoenix, Ariz., knew the opportunity to attend graduate school would help her pursue a better life for her and her family. But she worried that she'd be forced to take out huge student loans.

U.S. Army veteran Samantha Bedore.
Army Vet Scholarship

Fortunately, Bedore found the VFW's "Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship" online. The funds are helping her complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University.

"This scholarship is so meaningful f...


President Approves New Memorial

WASHINGTON - The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing the VFW-supported Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act into law late Friday. The signing now clears the way for the GWOT Memorial Foundation to work with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission to secure federal approval for acreage on the National Mall, as well as coordinate a national competition for the memorial's design. It also exempts the GWOT Memorial from a provision in the Commemorative Works Act of 1986 that requires Congress to wait 10 years after the official end of a military conflict before considering a war memorial in the nation's capital.GWOT Memorial


VA Appeals Reform Now Law

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing into law today the VFW-supported Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.

"Today's signing is the culmination of more than a year's work by the VFW and other partner organizations with Congress and the VA to build consensus on how to better help veterans access their benefits," said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. "Under the old system, appeals could take up to five years or longer to adjudicate, and veterans had no way out. Maintaining the status quo was unacceptable, so the VFW and our partners acted with a unified voice," he said.

"As a former veterans' service officer myself, I know first-hand that many of the veterans the VFW helps every day to access their earned benefits will be better served under this new framework," said Harman. "We look forward to working with the Department of Veterans Af...


VFW Applauds Unanimous Senate Passage of Forever GI Bill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -Today, in a true display of patriotic bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass S. 1589, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, informally known as the Forever GI Bill.

"The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is extremely pleased with the swift passage of this bill. The GI Bill is one of our nation's best tools for setting our veterans up for future success," said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. "This new legislation improves upon that tool. And its unanimous passage by the House and now the Senate, shows our nation's commitment to those who served our country."

The legislation, geared to address eligibility and coverage gaps in the current Post-9/11 GI Bill has been strongly supported by the VFW. Joining it in its advocacy efforts regarding the bill were several other veterans organizations to include Student Veterans of America, The American Leg...


VFW Offers Hurricane Harvey Support

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey continues in Texas and Louisiana, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. stands ready to help affected service members, veterans and their families.

While the full extent of Hurricane Harvey's level of destruction is still being evaluated, the VFW knows from its past support of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina victims that the need for financial assistance will be great. The VFW is calling on you to help ensure America's brave warriors and their families have the immediate help they need to start rebuilding their lives.

Join with the VFW and show your support by making a donation to the VFW's relief efforts by texting the keyword "NEEDS" to 91999, or mail in your donation of any amount to: VFW Quartermaster General, 406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. All funds raised will be distributed to veterans, military personnel and their families.


VFW Releases Brutal Battles of Vietnam to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In conjunction with 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration efforts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is announcing the release of its latest publication, "Brutal Battles of Vietnam: America's Deadliest Days, 1965 - 1972."VFW Vietnam Book

The one-of-a-kind, 480-page book, is the most comprehensive battle history of the war yet published in a single volume. Its easy-to-read chapters convey the essence of combat through swift-moving vignettes and 700 rarely seen photos covering some 100 battles. Its stirring first-person accounts reveal the raw emotions of those at the tip of the...


VFW Awards Nearly $500,000 in Veteran Scholarships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., America's largest and oldest major combat veterans organization, is proud to announce 107 student veterans have been named recipients of a VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" for the 2017 fall semester.

During its eighth-straight award period, the scholarship program will distribute nearly half a million dollars in financial assistance in the upcoming fall semester to service members and veterans working toward their education goals in colleges or trade schools worldwide.

To date, more than 800 service members and veterans have received post-secondary scholarships totaling more than $3 million.

View the entire list of 2017 fall semester recipients.


Burger King Franchisees Kick Off Fundraiser for Vets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce that participating BURGER KING franchisees are set to kick off their summer fundraiser to benefit the VFW's Unmet Needs program.

Members of VFW Post 56 in Leavenworth, Kan., visit their local Burger King to say 'thank you' for their support of the VFW Unmet Needs program.
BK July 2017

During the month of July, patrons are encouraged to VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protection Act Becomes Law

WASHINGTON - The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing into law today the VFW-championed Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.

VA Accountability Law

"Accountability must be a two-way street, and today's signing now provides VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin the authority to manage his people in a...


VFW Continues Opposition to Individual Unemployability Cuts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yesterday, during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. testified in strong opposition to a provision of President Trump's budget proposal, which would cut up to $22,000 from the annual compensation of severely disabled veterans who receive Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans who are on the IU program have service-connected disabilities that prevent them from working, rendering them unable to pay into Social Security. The provision would have moved veterans from IU to Social Security at age 62, resulting in a significant decrease in compensation. Other benefits, such as dental care and medical coverage for their dependents, would have also been impacted. Many veterans have recently contacted the VFW to voice their concerns over how the proposal would have impacted the property and automobile tax breaks granted to them by some ...


VFW Presents U.S. Coast Guard Band

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Band performs at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as part of its 2017 concert tour. Director, Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson and Assistant Director Richard Wyman lead an engaging program with works by Shostakovich, Maslanka, Brubeck, Oquin, Sousa, and others. Dazzling soloists include the Band's native Texans and soprano Megan Weikleenget. This concert is presented with the generous support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.Kauffman Center

The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble is based at the US Coast Guard Academy in...


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