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Boy Scout Troop 67 Chili Feed Nov. 15th!

Stop by if you're in the Appleton area - see flyer for details!


Burger King & Unmet Needs - November Fundraiser is Underway!

Since its inception in 2004, Unmet Needs has provided more than $10.5 million in aid to nearly 9,000 service members, veterans and their families. Since 2007, Burger King franchisees have raised more than $5.3 million to support the program. Visit a store near you today - help them help us! Open story for complete list of participating WI Burger King locations!


NE Wisconsin Vets Benefit Forum Set for Nov. 16th

Don't miss this first of its kind Veteran Benefits Forum at UW- Green Bay - see flyer for details!


GB Gamblers Hockey - Special Veterans Events

See flyers for details on these special events November 8 and December 8!


"Brats for the Brave" in Merrill on Nov. 11

Join other supporters of the new Northwoods Veterans Post for a special fundraiser on November 11th in Merrill!


Veterans Day Dinner Honors All Who Served

Veterans Day Service and Dinner planned at Calvary Apostolic Church in LaCrosse - see flyer for details!


WDVA Seeks Women Veterans for an Important Survey

Share your insights and feedback in this confidential survey to help WDVA better assist YOU!


Annual BURGER KING® Fundraiser Set to Begin Nov. 1

Franchises support America’s military families through the VFW’s Unmet Needs program


Save the Date - November 13th at Tomah VAMC

See flyer for details - Health Screenings, Job Fair,Town Hall and more at Tomah VA Medical Center - starting at 12 noon.


WDVA Awards $400,000 in Grants

Grants totaling $400,000 have been awarded to six nonprofit organizations to support programs to help Veteran entrepreneurs.


Ft. Atkinson Meat Raffles Continue!

In a fine spirit of cooperation, American Legion Post 166 in Ft. Atkinson is helping out their VFW Post 1879 comrades while the Post building is temporarily closed due to flooding. See flyer for details!


State Loyalty Day 2019 - Save the Date!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - Freedom, Wisconsin Watch the WI VFW NEWS and the website calendar for more info and forms!


Legacy Stones Placed at The Highground

Three Legacy Stones honoring the service of the VFW State Honor Guard, PCIC Tommy "T" Tradewell and PSC John Schultz were placed on September 15th in a very moving ceremony at The Highground.


Sales Tax Exemption Q and A

Info for the Veterans Service Organizations Sales Tax Exemption that went into effect on July 1st!


WDVA Expands Program & Services for Homeless Veterans

The WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs is expanding its successful Veterans Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP)with a new location in Green Bay to be added to existing sites at King, Chippewa Falls and Union Grove. View the press release for more details!


BRAVE-EPA Study - Help your Fellow Veterans

Veteran participants are still needed for this critical study of Alzheimer's Disease - please consider helping your fellow Veterans!


VFW National Home Has Openings

The National Home offers a once in a lifetime opportunity!


Wisconsin's 37 Chronicles Vietnam War MIAs

A new book tells the stories of 37 men from Wisconsin classified as Missing in Action during the Vietnam War.


Wisconsin Wins National First Place in Art Contest!

Kayla Juds of New Berlin has won the $10,000 National First Place Award in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest!


Gun Raffle Benefits Northwoods Vets Post

See flyer for details and how to purchase tickets and support the NVP!


Thank you Burger King!

Wisconsin VFW Unmet Needs is again the recipient of a generous donation from several Burger King Franchisees.


Tax Exemptions Effective July 1, 2018

What your Post needs to know to prepare for the new tax exemptions that are effective July 1, 2018!


Wisconsin Earns a Four-peat!

The award-winning WISCONSIN VFW NEWS has been named the National GRAND AWARD WINNER, Large Frequency Department Publication for the 4th year in a row!


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!


Metal Service Plaques Available

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


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.


WI VOD Winner Earns Third at National

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


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

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


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 ....


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....


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:


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!


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.


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 ....


DeCA Announces Private Labels

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


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.


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,


EO Improves VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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


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....


In Memory Program Deadline Today

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


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.


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...


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.


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:


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:


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:


MIA Update

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


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:


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:


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:


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


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.


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),...


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....


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.


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.


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.


Shop Amazon, Support the VFW Foundation

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


VA Nominee Gets Closer to Confirmation

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


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,


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...


Veterans Day in Washington

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


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 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.


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


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 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.


VFW Testifies on Veterans Legislation

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


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


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,....


#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran Ronald Ramos

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


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!


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.


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...


Army Reserve VSO/MSO Roundtable

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


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,....


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.


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.


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.


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.


Cash Raffle Winners

Cash Raffle Winners June 16th, 2017.


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...


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....


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).


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)


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.


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....


HASC Sequestration Hearings

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


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.


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.


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 ....


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...


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.


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,...


House Veterans Affairs Roundtable

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


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."


I Fought For YOU! -

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


IB Coauthors Release FY 2018 Budget Recommendations

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


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...


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.


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.


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 eight Americans who had been missing in action from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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;


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.


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.


New Blended Retirement Training

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


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,...


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?


Pentagon RIF Meeting

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


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, ....


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.”


Senate Telemedicine Hearing

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Thursday about leveraging technology ....


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.


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 ....


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.


Thank you to Sports Clip - Pewaukee

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


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...


TOMAH VA and VETERANS ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION Sever Ties

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


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....


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...


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.


VA Center for Women Veterans Meeting

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


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,....


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.


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...


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.


VA Specialized Services Hearing

The House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, focusing on foot and ankle issues and ...


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...


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.


Veterans Day Poster Contest

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


Veterans Legislation Passes the House

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


Vets Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing

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


VFW 2017 Raffle Calendar Results

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


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 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 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.


VFW National Commander Testifies Before Congress

VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testified on Wednesday ...


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 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.


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, ...


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.


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 ....


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.


VFW Supports Second Division Memorial Modification Act

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


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.


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...


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 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 Crisis Line

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


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).


What Veterans Day Means to Me

The meaning of Veterans Day to an OIF/OEF Veteran


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 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.


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.


National Academies Link Hypertension, MGUS to Agent Orange Exposure

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to add hypertension and a precursor to multiple myeloma to the current list of 14 presumptive diseases associated with contact with chemical defoliants used in Vietnam, Thailand, and along the Korean DMZ.

The VFW's case is bolstered by a new report just released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report, entitled Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 11 (2018), found that sufficient evidence exists that links exposure to at least one of the hazardous chemicals with hypertension and MGUS, or monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. The hypertension finding is an upgrade from th...


VA Rates 70 Percent of its Nursing Homes as Failures

WASHINGTON - The national commanders of the nation's two largest veterans organizations are demanding that Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie bring immediate attention to his nursing home program that currently has 70 percent of its 132 homes receiving failing grades by the VA's own rating system.

The call by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. National Commander B.J. Lawrence and American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad is in response to a series of scathing articles by two USA Today and Boston Globe reporters who documented substandard and negligent care at the VA nursing home in Brockton, Mass., which is one of 45 nursing homes that received the VA's lowest rating of one star. Forty-seven homes received two stars, 16 homes three stars, and 15 homes four stars. Only nine nursing homes received the VA's top five-star rating.

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The Great War's Great Women

One of the requisite World War I recruitment posters showed a beautiful and composed nurse bending over a young soldier gazing up at her in gratitude and admiration.

Such art was, of course, a fantasy, and by war's end it was an affront to truth. Thousands of U.S. nurses served admirably during the Great War of 1914-18, but there was nothing romantic about their experience. Trench warfare and the impact of the machine gun on infantry operations created an avalanche of casualties that turned field hospitals into hospices of horror.

During the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918, for instance, "hundreds and hundreds of wounded poured in like a rushing torrent," Army Nurse Eula Crow wrote in her diary. "The packed, twisted bodies, the screams and groans, made me think of Dante's Inferno."

Conditions were no better at the evacuation station near the old St. Mihiel salient south of Verdun, in northeast France. It was there that the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), under the command of Army Gen. John J. Persh...


Annual BURGER KING Fundraiser Set to Begin Nov. 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce that for the twelfth consecutive year, participating BURGER KING franchisees will be raising funds throughout the month of November for the VFW's Unmet Needs program. Patrons are encouraged to donate $1 or more to the program upon checkout. The fundraising campaign officially beginsNov. 1, and last year raised nearly $800,000.

"America's military and veteran families have given so much to our country, and not being able to make their rent or mortgage payment is a stress they shouldn't have," said VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence. "Every year, BURGER KING franchisees and their loyal patrons set the bar of support higher and higher, helping to ensure the VFW can keep meeting the needs of America's service members and veterans and provide them with the support they deserve."

The Unmet Ne...


VFW to Draw for 'Return to Vietnam' Trip

If you received a Purple Heart for being wounded in Vietnam, you could be one of nine lucky veterans to win the VFW's "Return to Vietnam" trip.

This in-country tour from April 25 - May 8, 2019, will include the sites of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the DMZ, Khe Sanh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Marble Mountain, Cu Chi and Tay Ninh. Airfare, accommodations and meals are included.

Don't miss this chance to revisit battle sites and share your experiences with fellow Vietnam veterans!

Entries must be received prior to the drawing on November 30, 2018. Click herefor complete information.

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VFW Announces New Brand Identity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., America's largest and oldest major combat veterans organization, is pleased to announce it has deployed a new look.

The new VFW logo and visual language embraces the organization's storied 119 years of service to America's veterans, service members and their families, while underscoring its forward-thinking approach to service and distinguished membership base. The VFW believes the new logo will improve market position and provide visual clarity to its mission.

"We're excited about the bold, new look," said B.J. Lawrence, national commander of the VFW. "There's a lot of complex meaning b...


VFW National Commander Visits Troops at Fort Irwin

VFW Commander-in-Chief B.J. Lawrence visited with Army units during predeployment training at the nation's largest Army training center.

Fort Irwin's National Training Center (NTC) is the only U.S. military training facility that supports brigade-level, live-fire exercises ranging from small arms to aircraft-launched bombs.

Lawrence met with the Commanding General of Fort Irwin and the Army's National Training Center (NTC), Brig. Gen. Jeff Broadwater, to talk about troop readiness and morale.

"Talking to troops on the ground-level helps us better advocate for them on Capitol Hill," Lawrence said.

Lawrence also met troopers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), including Col. Scott Woodward, to talk with him about the realistic training Army brigades endure during its month-long visit. The 11th ACR acts as a lethal and professional opposing force to train the Army's Brigade Combat Teams.

"NTC is the only place for brigade-size training," Woodward said. "The entire focus of this whole post is...


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 Aff...


VFW 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 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 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 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 ...


VFW Continues Its Strong Support of GWOT Memorial

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is proud to continue its support of building a memorial in the nation's capital dedicated to the Global War on Terror.

Michael "Rod" Rodriguez, an Army Special Forces retiree, was recently named President and CEO of the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation. He visited the VFW Washington Office this week to provide an update on the foundation's progress.

"Building a memorial is a 24-step process," said Rodriguez, who's a life member of the VFW Department of North Carolina. "We are on steps 9 through 12, which is site selection. Site selection involves the foundation itself coming together with a program and going before the various commissions that exist within this area."

Rodriquez says the GWOT Memorial Foundation is trying to raise $50 million for the project, which received the support of President Donald Trump in August 2017 when he signed the VFW-supported Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act into law. It clears the way for...


Control Diabetes While Controlling Costs

Controlling the "ABCs of diabetes" -- A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels -- is difficult enough, but when you add that second C - costly medications - it's easy to see how one's levels can spiral out of control quickly.

According to the American Diabetes Association, for the 30 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., health care costs are more than double (2.3 times) the costs of those without diabetes. This is due to the ever-increasing costs of medications to treat diabetes and the chronic conditions that often accompany the disease, namely high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In fact, between 2002 and 2013, the cost of insulin has tripled, and newer cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering medication costs are also on the rise.

Now consider that in the U.S., more than 2 million children and adults living with diabetes do not have access to health insurance, and millions more are in high-deductible plans that can require high out-of-pocket costs.

Lack of access to diabetes medications c...


The VFW Helps Injured Veteran Receive 100% VA Rating

Charles Honaker of Vancouver, Wash., joined the United States Army when a recruiter visited his college campus. He served for "20 years, one month and one day" in the I-18 Airborne Military Police Company at Fort Bragg, N.C., and as an Army recruiter.

"The values instilled by the Army have led me to leadership opportunities and lifelong friends," Honaker said.

The support system the Army has provided him over 20 years has been vital. When Honaker's wife, Becky, became sick with a disease that shut down both of her kidneys, he didn't even question the decision to give her one of his. The Army not only gave him six months off for recovery but also covered his wife's entire hospital bill so the family could focus on healing rather than worrying about the costs of treatment.

While Honaker was serving at Fort Bragg, he was conducting a multi-branch training program with a large number of troops on a continuous airborne jump. Being the third person up, he jumped from the plane as the light turned green to go. Little...


VFW National Commander to Visit Armys National Training Center

WASHINGTON - The national commander of America's largest and oldest major combat veterans' organization will be visiting the nation's largest Army training facility in California next week.

B.J. Lawrence, national commander of the 1.6 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary, will be visiting the National Training Center at Fort Irwin on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn more about the live-fire training required of armored brigades before they deploy overseas. He is especially interested in troop training, readiness and morale.

The National Training Center, more commonly known as NTC, is the only U.S. military training facility that supports brigade-level, live-fire exercises. The more than 460-square-mile facility supports joint and combined team operations expending live munitions ranging from small arms to 2,000-pound aircraft-launched bombs.

The NTC visit is part of a larger initiative that will have the VFW national commander meeting up with an armored ...


VFW Scholarship Helps Veteran Continue His Studies at Military College

Juan Campana was born in Ecuador and immigrated to the United States at a young age. Entering the United States Marine Corps after September 11, 2001, he spent four years as a Combat Engineer. He served two tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

Once Campana retired from the military, he continued to work in other capacities for the United States government. Campana then enrolled into The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and wants to use his Intelligence and Security Studies major to return to work in the federal government after graduation.

As he was receiving a free haircut at Sport Clips on Veteran's Day, Campana heard about the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" for the first time. When his GI Bill was exhausted two years later, he was recommended to apply by his campus chapter of Student Veterans Association. The scholarship has made all the difference to Campana's future.

"I cannot be more grateful and honored to receive this award. I...


Opioids Offer No Advantage and Are Addictive

Minneapolis VA researchers found that opioid pain medication might not be the powerful "wonder drug" many people believe it to be. Published in March by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a study by the group of researchers did not support the use of opioids for chronic back, hip or knee pain relief.

The study, featured in the JAMA article "Effect of Opioid vs. Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients with Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Pain: The SPACE Randomized Clinical Trial," was conducted from June 2013 to December 2015. Researchers randomly selected 240 patients from 62 VA primary care clinics in the Minneapolis area.

Results showed that opioid pain medication treatment was "not superior" to treatment with nonopioids. It also showed that while there wasn't a "significant difference" in pain-related function between the two groups, pain intensity was "significantly better" in the nonopioid patients over the 12-month period.

"Our study contri...


Navy Vet Has Passion to Serve

Navy veteran Melissa Fahlgren's ultimate goal in life is to start an arts and crafts consignment shop in her hometown of San Antonio. To get there, she plans to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration then a master's degree in marketing.

For help along the way, Fahlgren applied for VFW's Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship.

Fahlgren, who served as a logistics specialist from 2012 to 2016 and aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, said she found out about the opportunity from Palo Alto College in San Antonio, where she currently attends. It sent her an email of scholarship opportunities for veterans.

Fahlgren said it was "very easy" to apply - all she had to do was fill out an information form and write a short essay. Those two things provided her with more than $1,600 for her tuition and fees during this semester. She added that the scholarship will "significantly help with tuition costs."

Fahlgren said she is transferring next semester to Texas A&M University-San Antonio to continue toward her b...


New Chief Vows to Make it Happen

VFW's newest commander-in-chief is a man who wants to get things done, sooner rather than later. His experiences as an artilleryman in Korea and an undercover police officer in New Mexico, as well as his rapid rise through VFW's ranks, underscore his leadership philosophy.

"I believe in more action and less talk," Lawrence said. "And this all comes back to membership recruiting. We know what the plan is, now we have to execute it. That's why I chose Make it Happen' as my slogan."

To attract veterans of the post-9/11 generation, Lawrence said VFW members must do a better job of spreading the message about the organization's reasons for existing.

"We've come a long way on reaching those vets," he said. "What we need to do better is simply tell our story about the wonderful things we do for veterans and our communities. Young vets are interested in participating in projects where they believe they are making a difference."

Lawrence said being a veteran who came of age in the 1980s puts him in a unique posi...


VFW Patriotic Competition Deadlines Approaching

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For more than 70 years, encouraging patriotism within our nation's classrooms has been a principle of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., but time is running out for this year's annual student scholarship award competitions and teacher recognition programs.

Students, teachers and VFW Posts only have until Oct. 31 to submit their entries and nominations for the popular Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Penyouth scholarships, and the Teacher of the Yearaward.

As one of the top student patriotic essay competitions in the nation, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for their chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship. This year's participants are faced with the challenging theme, "Why My Vote Matters."

With the chance to win a slice of more than $54,000 in Patriot's Pen national awards, this year's sixth through eighth-grade students must...


Delayed Housing Payments Impacting 180,000 Student Veterans

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is urging tens of thousands of student veterans to immediately contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 888-GIBILL-1 (or 888-442-4551) if they are facing a financial hardship due to delayed VA housing payments.

The VA said that as many as 180,000 student veterans housing payments were delayed this month in part due to computer updates to reflect benefit changes through the Forever GI Bill. Until the problem is fixed, VA is requiring benefits processors to work overtime and weekends, while many student veterans may be forced to raid their individual savings accounts or borrow money from their families to hopefully avoid late fees, ruined credit ratings or eviction.

"The VA reports that education claims will be processed immediately, as will disbursements, but if student veterans do not achieve resolution within three business days, I urge them to contact the VFW through our VFW Tops $8.3 Billion in VA Benefits Recoveries for Veterans

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that more than a half-million veterans represented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. this past fiscal year received in excess of $8.3 billion in VA disability compensation and pension benefits, which far exceeds last year's record recovery of $7.7 billion.

"The VFW advocates for veterans in many ways, from lobbying Congress to create good quality of life legislation for America's veterans, service members and their families and survivors, to helping veterans and transitioning service members receive the VA benefits they earned after they return home wounded, ill or injured," said VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence. "For nearly a century - and a full decade before the VA's predecessor organization was created - the VFW has helped veterans understand and file for their government benefits, a service that is needed now just as much as it was then."

The VFW accredits an international network of more than 2,0...


Searching for Sunday

Bob Martin recalls vivid details of the day he found Roberta Sunday 48 years ago this month. It was a typical, hot and humid August day in Vietnam's Quang Tri province. A sergeant with C Troop, 3rd Sqdn., 17th Air Cav, Martin was leading a platoon to search an enemy bunker complex that had just been pummeled with U.S. bombs.

"It was our job to provide a damage assessment after the strikes," said Martin, now commander of VFW Post 889 in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. "There were a lot of dead bodies. In one bunker, I found two dead NVA men and one woman dressed all in black. I imagine she had been supporting them."

As Martin turned to leave the bunker, he heard a faint sound, almost like a cough. He thought perhaps it was the sound of a rat because it wasn't coming from the people who were "obviously" dead. After hearing it again, he searched the bunker and discovered a naked baby girl under the woman's body.

"I thought, Oh my God, now what? I can't just leave her here,'" Martin recalled. "I wrapped her in one of the e...


Michigan VFW Posts Video Game Event Attracts Hundreds

Repetitive keyboard clicks and sudden, synchronized shouts of awe echo through a Michigan VFW Post as video gamers wage war against one another while others, some dressed as characters from gamer culture, gather around a large display monitor to watch the action unfold - all in an effort to raise money for veterans.

More than 250 people converged this summer at VFW Post 4113 in St. Johns, Mich., roughly 25 miles north of Lansing, for its second Combo Con - a two-day fundraiser featuring video game competitions, cosplay (dressing up as characters from popular culture) and special guests from the fighter-game community.It raised more than $2,500 for the Post.

Hunter DeSander, the 25-year-old commander of VFW Post 4113, is the brainchild behind Combo Con. A fan of gaming since his youth, DeSander's passion continued during his military service, and he saw that gaming was"still a predominant thing" that brought people together.

While there are similar, nationally recognized events in the state, DeSander said he wa...


Wounded Warrior Project Renews VFW Service Officer Grant

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce that Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has renewed a service officer grant in the amount of $443,145 that will continue to help more transitioning military to receive their earned Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. The grant will be used to support the VFW's Pre-Discharge Claims Program, which has a proven history of providing free and expert VA claims filing assistance on two dozen of America's largest military installations.

To date, WWP has provided grants totaling more than $1.8 million to support VFW's Pre-Discharge Claims Program, an effort that last year enabled the VFW to file nearly 15,000 claims and recover more than $155 million in disability compensation for newly-transitioned veterans. Collectively, VFW's nationwide cadre of 2,100 VA-accredited service officers helped well over 500,000 veterans to secure $8.3 billion in earned benefits in fiscal year 2018. Membership in the VFW is not required to receive its fr...


Help a Veteran Go Back to School When You Get a Haircut at Sport Clips

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GEORGETOWN, Texas - Sport Clips Haircuts' annual "Help A Hero" scholarship campaign starts today, and you can be a part of the mission to help service members and veterans take the next step toward civilian careers through education. Today through Veterans Day, November 11, you can "Help A Hero" when you get a haircut at one of the almost 1,800 Sport Clips locations across the U.S. The goal this year is to raise $1.5 million toward scholarships through the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW)-administered program.

VFW Urges Congress to Hold Oversight Hearings on Forever GI Bill

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is calling on both the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs to hold oversight hearings on the recent delayed payments of Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits.

VFW is also urging the Senate to pass the SIT-REP Act of 2018, which would ensure that student veterans cannot be disenrolled from their educational programs due to processing errors by VA.

In a letter sent to the House and Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs chairmen and ranking members, Carlos Fuentes, VFW's director of National Legislative Service, said that in the months preceding the deadline to enact the Forever GI Bill by Aug. 1, "VA officials repeatedly vowed that students and schools would receive payments on time and, while the amounts may not be correct, veterans would not be harmed."

Fuentes also noted that the SIT-REP Act of 2018 was passed unanimously in the House in May, "but lack of Senate action has prevented this ...


VFW Scholarship Ignites a Passion in Veteran

"I want to thank everyone at the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sport Clips for giving me the opportunity for a second chance at an education," said VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" recipient Nikolay Maltsev.

The first time Maltsev attended college, he quickly realized he wasn't prepared for this life change without real-world experience.

"I went to the Army recruiter and decided to get some hands-on training as a wheeled vehicle mechanic to get another view of the world. I spent time in South Korea, Fort Riley and Kuwait."

While serving active duty in Kuwait, Maltsev began planning ahead for future educational opportunities and searching for financial aid. He stumbled upon the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" and filled out an application.

Maltsev is thankful for the second opportunity to pursue a degree in economics at the State University of New York at Albany.

"My passion has been ignited to study economics in my opinion it is the best way to learn how the world works t...


Easy Tips to Save Money on Health Care

As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their health care.

The details associated with health care insurance can be confusing. At the same time, you want to make smart decisions about the quality health care you and your family need.

Out-of-pocket health care spending rose by more than 50 percent between 2010 and 2017, The Atlantic recently reported, partly because half of all health insurance policyholders in the U.S. are dealing with annual deductibles of at least $1,000.

Whether you're uninsured or simply facing a high insurance deductible, you can take several steps to better manage your health care budget. Consider how the following money-saving tips can help control the rising costs of health care.

  • Read bills with a critical eye. Any bill can include administrative errors, and some estimates have indicated errors on as many as 80 percen...


Air Force Veteran Continues to Serve Her Country Through the VFW

Amber Putnam, 59, of Parrish, Fla., has lived her life in service of others. Helping others was instilled in her at a young age.

In her role as a VFW Assistant Department Service Officer, Putnam works tirelessly to help veterans receive the benefits they deserve.

"I feel like I'm making a difference in veterans' lives by helping them obtain the benefits they earned through their service to our country."

As a veteran, Putnam knows first-hand the struggles and challenges veterans face. Inspired by her grandfather's advice to give back to her country through military service, she joined the United States Air Force.

For 32 years, Putnam served her country with pride. She was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She retired as a senior master sergeant.

Putnam's husband, William, and children, Elaine and Justin, supported her in the transition from military to civilian life. She searched for an opportunity to continue to serve veterans when she retired.

Putn...


Thank God I Was Blown Up

Two moments stand out for former Army Spc. Justin Lane when he recalls his deployment to Afghanistan - one he'll never forget and one he'll never remember.

Always happy-go-lucky with an air of optimism, Lane's attitude became jaded and vengeful when on March 26, 2011, his brother in arms, and friend from his hometown, Army Cpl. Justin Ross, was killed in Afghanistan. Less than four months later, on July 2, 2011, Spc. Lane was in a vehicle that hit an improvised explosive device (IED). It nearly ended his life.

Lane vowed to return one day and leave Afghanistan on his terms. In April, he got that opportunity. Another wounded combat veteran introduced Lane to an organization called Feherty's Troops First Foundation. The Laurel, Md.-based nonprofit supports "wellness, quality-of-life and event-based initiatives" for troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to its website.

Through its program, Operation Proper Exit, Troops First gives wounded veterans the opportunity to return to Afghanistan or Iraq and ...


Veterans Needs at Heart

While unemployed and in the middle of finding new living arrangements, Army veteran Wanda Griffin turned to VFW's Unmet Needs program.

She came across the program while researching options for assistance and applied for the grant in March. Since receiving the $1,303.65 grant, Griffin has become more financially secure. She also now has the means to secure housing for herself and her son.

"[The Unmet Needs grant] meant the world to me," Griffin said. "It came at a time in which I was having to move from one place to another while I was unemployed and in need of assistance."

Unmet Needs, according to Griffin, is significant to the veteran community because it's "designed to help all who have served in their time of need."

"A lot of times, we don't know what's available to us," Griffin said, "and to have an organization that's real and available saying, Thank you for your service,' What can we do to help you because you served?' is a wonderful and outstanding compliment that goes a long way in our com...


VFW Grant Provides Food for Veteran Without Groceries

Veteran Tonya Palmer of Mechanicsville, Va., was getting used to not having enough food to eat. On the day she applied for the VFW's Unmet Needs grant, she was down to a few slices of cheese.

Palmer joined the Army at 33 years old, just after the September 11, 2001 attacks. After completing basic training in Ft. Jackson, S.C., she moved on to Georgia to learn satellite maintenance and control. Soon after, Palmer was injured during training. She suffered physically and emotionally after breaking both her legs, damaging her lower back and developing Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).

"I have suppressed much of that time. But now, 15 years later, I still suffer every day. It affects every aspect of my life. I joined to protect my family and country, and when I left the military I was a private first class," Palmer said.

Even with her 100% rating for service-connected disability, the loss of pay after being laid off in 2016 made it impossible for her and her fianc to keep up their finances.

Palmer couldn't buy g...


Phenomenal Dinners Accelerate the Healing Process

During a cool March evening at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., service members and veterans were able to take a break. They were laughing, relaxing and, even for a couple of hours, not thinking about the treatment they were receiving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Md.

Since 2003, wounded warriors from Walter Reed have gathered for the Aleethia Foundation's Friday Night Dinners. Foundation founder and executive director Hal Koster, a life member of VFW Post 2562 in Silver Spring, Md., said these dinners are an important part of the healing process.

"In the beginning, we saw mostly combat injured service members at the dinner," said Koster, a Vietnam War Army veteran who served as a helicopter door gunner with the 174th Assault Helicopter Company. "We have now transitioned into providing a night away from the hospital to patients who have cancer, [traumatic brain injuries] and other illnesses."

GETTING AWAY TO FEEL HUMAN AGAIN'
Retired Mari...


VFW, HonorBound Foundation Team Up to Help More Veterans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - HonorBound Foundation has awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. a $55,263 grant to help offset a larger initiative that will begin equipping VFW Service Officers with new laptops and tablets so that they can more efficiently and effectively help more veterans to file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VFW has nearly 2,000 VA-accredited service officers across America and abroad. In 2017, more than a half-million veterans represented by the VFW received $7.7 billion in benefits from the VA, to include $1.2 billion in new benefit awards. VFW Service Officers are stationed at every VA Regional Office and on two dozen military installations to help transitioning service members to complete and file their claims, but despite being seemingly everywhere, there are still veterans residing elsewhere who are need of the professional - and free - services the VFW ...


VFW Has Helped Me So Much

An Army veteran received a $1,500 grant from VFW's Unmet Needs program for living expenses because he is unable to work.

Jesse Thorsen, a member of VFW Post 5789 in Lee's Summit, Mo., served two deployments in Afghanistan. During the first in 2009-10, Thorsen was an infantryman with 2nd Bn., 509th Regt., 25th Inf. Div. He later served as a combat engineer with the 402nd Engineer Company (Sapper) while in Afghanistan in 2012-13.

Thorsen, of Lee's Summit, Mo., said that he suffers from epilepsy and had to separate from the Army after 14 years of service in August 2016. He is rated 70 percent disabled by VA due to his service-connected disabilities. After his discharge, he applied for social security disability due to having seizures.

"Originally, I was denied on my social security disability," Thorsen said. "So I figured I would work to try to make some money for my family."

Working as a bricklayer, Thorsen suffered a seizure on a job site and was unable to keep his job because of the episode.

"I un...


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'
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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...


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 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 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...


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