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West Bend To Salute Veterans November 6th

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


Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on VA Facilities

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


Harvey’s Impact on Vet Centers

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


VA Activates Pharmacy Disaster Relief Plan

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


Help VFW Help Others

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


V-J Day Commemoration

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


TRICARE Changes

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


Military Spouse Hiring Preference Expanded

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


Houston Hosts Women Veterans Summit, Cut Short

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


MIA Update

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


WOMEN VETERANS CONFERENCE

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


Forever GI Bill Heads to President’s Desk

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


Funding Agreement for Choice Program and VA Heads to President

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


Senate Advances Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization

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


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

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


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

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


GWOT Memorial Bill Clears Congress, Heads to President

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


VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Program Sees First Legislative Victories

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


VFW Participates in Military to Civilian Transition Summit

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


VFW Speaks at VA Psychology Summit

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


VA Hosts Caregiver Summit, VFW Speaks on Panel

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


President Trump and Secretary Shulkin Announce Veteran Telehealth Initiatives

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


Army Medic Receives Medal of Honor

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


Senate Confirms New Navy, VA Leaders

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


Guadalcanal Commemoration

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


MIA Update:

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


VFW Elects New National Leadership

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


Funding Agreement Reached for Choice Program and VA

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


VFW Lauds Unanimous House Passage of Forever GI Bill

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


Veterans Legislation Roundup

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


VFW Participates in Congressional Opioid Roundtable

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


VFW Hosts Panel Discussion on Women Veterans

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


MIA Update

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


Post-9/11 GI Bill Becoming Greater

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


VFW Hosts GI Bill Roundtable

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


VFW Testifies Before House on Gulf War Illness Claims Processing

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


VFW Supports Declassification of Exposure Testing, Will Continue Fight

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


FY 2018 Defense Bill Update

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


Hearing on Ways to Improve VA Productivity and Efficiency

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


House Committee Holds Hearing on VA Capital Asset Needs

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


DOLVETS Office Adds Three New Women Veteran Webinars

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


MIA Update

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


The WarBirds Are Coming to Central Wisconsin!

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


VFW Launches Action Alert to Expand Caregiver Benefits

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


VA Opens Mental Health to OTH Veterans

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


Medical Discharge Review

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


VA, DOD Will Host Suicide Prevention Conference

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


MIA Update

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


Cash Raffle Winners

Cash Raffle Winners June 16th, 2017.


VFW Sponsoring National Online Job Fair

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


VA Secretary Now Supports Dropping IU Cut

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


VFW Testifies on the President’s Budget

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


VFW Testifies Before Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

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


Veterans Legislation Passes the House

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


Senate Holds Veteran Caregiver Hearing

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


Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

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


Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium

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


MIA Update

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


Publishing Project To Commemorate WI VFW & Members Service

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


Hiking 1200 Miles to Fight the War at Home

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


VFW Supports New VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protection Act

The VFW yesterday saluted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and the leadership of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees for reaching a bipartisan deal to better protect whistleblowers and hold employees accountable for their conduct or performance.


Caregivers Program Review Extended

VA will continue to halt revocations from the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program for an additional six weeks because of concerns regarding inconsistent applications of eligibility requirements for the program throughout its medical centers.


Senate Appropriations Hearing on Choice

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss VA community care.


Senate Confirms New Air Force Secretary

The Senate on Monday approved the nomination of former congresswoman Heather Wilson to become the new secretary of the Air Force.


MIA Update

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


New Government Omnibus Bill

A bipartisan congressional committee produced an omnibus spending package earlier this week to fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year,...


Appeals Modernization Act

On Tuesday, the VFW testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on H.R. 457, the VA Appeals Modernization Act of 2017.


House VA Oversight Hearing

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies held a hearing to review VA’s budget recommendations,...


Senate Telemedicine Hearing

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


VA Specialized Services Hearing

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


DOD Releases Annual Sexual Assault Report

On Monday, the Department of Defense released its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. According to the FY16 report,


TRICARE Formulary Change

Nexium, a popular drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, will be removed from TRICARE's formulary list. Effective June 28, 2017...


V-E Day Monday

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


MIA Update

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


WISCONSIN VFW NEWS, POSTS 10818 & 10406 TAKE NATIONAL HONORS

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


Wisconsin National Guard crowns 2017 Best Warriors

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


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

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


VFW Supports VA Accountability First Act

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


EO Improves VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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


VFW Attends Roundtable on VA Caregiver Program

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


Retired Soldier Council Panel

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


Defense Health Agency Working Group

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


Senate Holds Veteran Suicide Prevention Hearing

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


VA Partners to Increase Medical Providers

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


New Construction Guidelines for State Veteran Nursing Homes

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


V-E Day May 8

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


MIA Update

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


VFW Offers Emergency Assistance Grants to Westech Veterans

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


VA Launches New Wait Time Transparency Site

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


Thousands Pre-Enroll for VA National Cemetery Interment

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


Help Build DS Memorial on National Mall

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


Pentagon VSO/MSO Roundtable

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


Army Secretary Nominee a VFW Life Member

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


VA Seeks Under Secretary for Health

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


VFW Supports Second Division Memorial Modification Act

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


VFW National Home for Children

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


VFW Posts Host Congressional Town Halls

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


Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary Commemoration

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


MIA Update

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


VFW Applauds Choice Program Extension and Improvement

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


VFW and PatientsLikeMe Join for Mental Health Awareness

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


VFW Testifies on Veterans Crisis Line

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


VFW Testifies on Veterans Legislation

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


Hearing on VA Home Loan Appraisers

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


Continuing Resolution Spells Disaster for DOD

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


New SGLI Management Website

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


VA Urges Female Participation in Million Veteran Program

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


President Authorizes Gulf War Memorial Location

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


MIA Update

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


Veterans Want VA Fixed, Not Dismantled

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


VFW Testifies on VA Health Care

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


VFW Testifies on Veterans Affairs Budget

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


Veterans Appeals Roundtable

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


VFW to Testify In Support of Blue Water Sailors

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


National Vietnam War Veterans Day

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


VFW Supports GWOT Memorial Bill

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


VFW Meets Russian POW/MIA Delegation

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


VA Now Lists Burial Times Online

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


Arlington Faces Future Burial Issues

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


Continuing Resolution Spells Disaster for DOD

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


MIA Update

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


Congress Passes Legislation Honoring Vietnam War Veterans

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


Southeast Asia Fact-Finding Trip

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


Hearing on VA Recruitment and Retention Authorities

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


Hearing on DOD Civilian Personnel Reform

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


Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

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


Mattis-Dunford Budget Testimony

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


Social Media Scrutiny

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


State of the Air Force

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


Hearing on Use of Union Time

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


MIA Update

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


#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Corps Veteran Ronald Ramos

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


VFW Shares Concerns with President

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


Camp Lejeune Exposure Update

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


TRICARE Contract Start Date Delayed

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


Legislation Impacting Veterans Clears the House

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


HASC Sequestration Hearings

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


SASC Hearing on Marine Scandal

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


DOD Releases Service Academy Report

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


VA Seeks Under-Secretary for Benefits

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


MIA Update

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


Wisconsin Film Festival

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


VFW National Commander Testifies Before Congress

VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testified on Wednesday ...


IB Coauthors Release FY 2018 Budget Recommendations

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


In Memory Program Deadline Today

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


Marine Reunion Web Page

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


MIA Update:

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


Salute to Hospitalized Veterans

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


Wisconsin Army Guard brigade takes part in Warfighter exercise

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


Assessing the VA IT Landscape

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


House Veterans Affairs Roundtable

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


VSOs Release Independent Budget

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


Military Struggling With Budget Instability

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


Pentagon RIF Meeting

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


VA Nominee Gets Closer to Confirmation

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


Women’s History Month Art Exhibits

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


MIA Update

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


Vets Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing

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


Army Reserve VSO/MSO Roundtable

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


New Blended Retirement Training

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


DOD Increases Discharge and Records Review Outreach

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


Iraqi Translators Now Welcome

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


Veterans Day Poster Contest

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


DeCA Announces Private Labels

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


MIA Update

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


VFW 2017 Raffle Calendar Results

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


VFW Post 10818 recognizes Senator Harsdorf's efforts

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


Thank you to Sports Clip - Pewaukee

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


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

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


Two Wisconsin National Guard aviation units deploying

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


Thank you to Burger King

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


New Congress Starts by Passing Vets Bills

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


CA National Guard to Pay Back Bonuses

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


VFW National Home Helps Military and Veteran Families

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


MIA Update

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


Opportunity at Veterans Manor

Serve Veterans a Meal and some social time


VFW Joins Give an Hour on SiriusXM Radio

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


Air Force Announces New Top Enlisted Advisor

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


Overseas Military Shipping Deadlines Near

The Military Postal Service Agency is alerting


MyVA311

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


MIA Update

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


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

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


Native Americans Continue to Honor Ancestors, legacy of Red Arrow

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


Wisconsin's First Responders are first to respond to crash

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


Women troops feel undervalued and unappreciated

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


La Crosse health service lands Veterans Affairs contracts

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


Happy Birthday, Marines!

The United States Marine Corps celebrates 241 years of service!


Wisconsin Guard member awarded Purple Heart

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


Operation Ruck 22 for Vets

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


What Veterans Day Means to Me

The meaning of Veterans Day to an OIF/OEF Veteran


Veterans Day in Washington

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


Vietnam Era Health Study

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


National Family Caregivers Month

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


VA Center for Women Veterans Meeting

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


Nominate a Hero

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


Shop Amazon, Support the VFW Foundation

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


MIA Update

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


Operation Ruck 22 for Vets Gains Coverage

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


TOMAH VA and VETERANS ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION Sever Ties

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


Operation Ruck 22 for Vets

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Wisconsin Air Guard unit earns seventh Outstanding Unit Award

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


Wisconsin Guard members help military veterans in need

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


Intercept Missions Increase Pilot Readiness

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


I Fought For YOU! -

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


VFW 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, repor...


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 Off...


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 Mobil...</p>
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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 Veteran...


VFW Testifies: Congress Must End Sequestration!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pedaling with a Purpose Across America

From the marshy coastal plains of the Deep South to the deserts and mountains of the Southwest, Tom Wiseman traveled across the southern U.S. on a fundraising mission for VFW Post 4419 in Clay, W. Va.

In June 2016, that part of the Mountain State was devastated by floods that left 24 people dead and hundreds of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed. The losses also included Post 4419's 15-passenger van that was used to take the county’s veterans to receive health care and for other Post activities.Pedaling Purpose

After learning about Post 4419’s problem, Wiseman, a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War, decided to take action by helping t...


VFW's 'Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship' Recognized

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” has been named a Silver Award Winner of the Support Our Veterans Award by the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Franchise Education & Research Foundation.

Established by a generous donation from Roark Capital Group, Franchising Gives Back salutes the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide. 

The announcement was made during the IFA’s third annual Franchising Gives Back Awards dinner. The Franchise Education & Research Foundation also recognized five Gold Winners and 12 additional Silver Winners. 

“This prestigious recognition validates the dedication and support Sport Clips has continued to show to America’s veterans, service members and their families,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “Together, we’re helping e...


VFW Steps in After Vets Daughter Receives Cancer Diagnosis

The emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming in any circumstance. Sadly, so many parents grapple with the additional stress of coming up with the money to pay for chemotherapy.

Kenneth Vaughn, a former Army Specialist of Trenton, Ga., said he “felt he was drowning” when his ten-year-old daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. Already struggling to pay household bills, Vaughn, a disabled veteran rated at 80%, felt his life unraveling around him.

“It came down to choosing whether I would pay my daughter’s medical bills out-of-pocket, or pay my utility bills on time,” Vaughn related. 

“My daughter is more important. She’ll always be my main priority, no-contest.”

Previously very active in his local VFW Post, Vaughn knew about the resources the VFW has available to veterans in a tight spot.

VFW Offers Hurricane Harvey Support

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

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

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VFW Unmet Needs Program Tops $2 Million

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its Unmet Needs program set a new record by awarding more than $2 million in financial assistance grants to nearly 900 military and veteran families during its 2016-2017 program year. The new record shatters last year’s program record of $550,000 being distributed to 184 families.

“The VFW Unmet Needs program continues to touch many lives every day,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman, who explained that the program provides up to $5,000 to veterans, service members and their families during times of financial hardship. The one-time assistance is awarded in the form of a grant, not a loan, so there is no repayment requirement. Since its inception in 2004, the VFW Unmet Needs program has provided nearly $8 million in financial assistance to more than 4,850 military and veteran families. The program is supported entirely by generous donations from VF...


VA Appeals Reform Now Law

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

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

“As a former veterans’ service officer myself, I know first-hand that many of the veterans the VFW helps every day to access their earned benefits will be better served under this new framework,” said Harman. &l...


President Approves New Memorial

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


Army Veteran Has the Grit to Pursue Her Goals

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

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

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

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VFW Releases Brutal Battles of Vietnam to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

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

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


VFW Awards Nearly $500,000 in Veteran Scholarships

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

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

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

View the entire list of 2017 fall semester recipients


VFW Applauds Unanimous Senate Passage of Forever GI Bill

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

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

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


Vietnam Veteran Elected VFW National Commander

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States concluded its 118th National Convention today with the election of Keith Harman of Delphos, Ohio, as its new national commander.

Harman served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, including service in Vietnam as a crew chief and door gunner on Huey helicopters.

During his acceptance speech, he spoke highly of the nearly 1.7 million members of VFW and its Auxiliary, citing the members’ camaraderie as the driving force to the success o...


VFW Appoints New Adjutant General

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brian Duffy was appointed adjutant general of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. yesterday at the 118th VFW National Convention in New Orleans, La. His appointment comes immediately following a year-long term as the national commander of the more than 1.2 million-member organization. He also becomes the first Desert Storm veteran to hold the position, which is similar in duties to any corporate chief executive officer. Duffy AG Cropped

Duffy retired from a successful 27-year career with United Parcel Service (UPS) airlines in 2014, having held the titles of flight engineer instructor, instructor/check captain on Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, and ultimately, as...


VFW Lauds Unanimous House Passage of Forever GI Bill

NEW ORLEANS —The U.S. House of Representatives last night showed unquestionable, bipartisan commitment to America's student veterans by voting 405-0 to pass H.R. 3218, the #ForeverGIBill.

"The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States salutes the House for their unanimous support to improve veterans’ educational benefits,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy. "The vote proves that no matter the political party or ideology, our elected officials are taking care of those who have worn our country's uniform."
 
Strongly supported by the VFW, H.R. 3218 addresses current gaps in Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility and coverage. It ensures more veteran...


Shulkin to VFW: Right Care at the Right Place

This article was written by Megan Maloney and originally appeared on VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

On Monday, July 24, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin addressed an audience of VFW and Auxiliary members at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 118th National Convention in New Orleans.2017 Shulkin

In his remarks, Shulkin spoke on the five key priorities he has identified to transform VA. Th...


Medal of Honor Recipient 'Highly Recommends' VFW Vietnam Book

Medal of Honor recipient James E. Livingston spoke at VFW’s 118th National Convention on Tuesday to give his thoughts on the recently released Brutal Battles of Vietnam, a book compiled by VFW magazine’s former editor in chief, Richard Kolb, and former art director, Robert Widener.

During a speech at the convention’s business session, Livingston, a retired Marine Corps general, said the book “is a prime example of unbiased and honest historical preservation” and tells “the human side” of the Vietnam War.

“It really tells the story in a much better way than most books do,” Livingston said. “It’s a truthful story that tells of the commitment, service and sacrifice of all who served in Vietnam.”

Livingston, a Gold Legacy Life Member of Post 10624 in Mount Pleasant, S.C., said he “highly recommends” Brutal Battles of Vietnam to everyone, especially Vietnam War v...


Defeat Unacceptable Choice Funding Legislation

Joint Statement from AMVETS, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)

NEW ORLEANS (July 22, 2017) – As organizations who represent and support the interests of America’s 21 million veterans, and in fulfillment of our mandate to ensure that the men and women who served are able to receive the health care and benefits they need and deserve, we are calling on members of Congress to defeat the House vote on unacceptable choice funding legislation (S. 114, with amendments) scheduled for Monday, July 24, and instead work with the Senate to reach a bipartisan, bicameral agreement.

As we have repeatedly told House leaders in pers...


118th VFW National Convention Rolls Into New Orleans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a 26-year absence, up to 10,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary are set to roll into New Orleans this weekend to elect new leadership and to approve resolutions that will guide the national organization’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and its veteran and military support programs across the country. The 118th VFW National Convention begins Saturday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The business sessions are closed to the public, but a free two-day veterans walk-in claims clinic and health fair will be accessible to all veterans, service members and their families.VFW 118th NOLAVFW Announces Scout of the Year Winners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce the selection of the top three winners of its 2016 - 2017 Scout of the Year scholarship competition.

Enacted in 2001, the Scout of the Year competition was designed to reward eligible members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturing Crew or Sea Scouts who have risen above their peers in exemplifying standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country with college scholarships of up to $5,000.2017 VFW Scouts Names

This year’s first-place winner Olivia Zietz, sponsored by VFW Post 8422 in Smyrna, Tenn., was selected for...


VFW, SVA Now Accepting 2018 Legislative Fellowship Applications

WASHINGTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and Student Veterans of America (SVA) are seeking student veteran candidates to participate in their 2018 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship program. The fellowship, now in its fourth year, will bring up to 10 selected student veterans to Washington to meet face-to-face with their congressional members next spring in conjunction.

Student veterans interested in applying for the 2018 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship must complete an application package that includes an essay proposal on one of four specific legislative issues. The proposal should include a discussion of why the issue is important to the veterans’ community, and how the fellowship candidate plans to address the issue through community-based advocacy. Selected fellows will then be flown to Washington to ensure the veterans’ voice is delivered to Capitol Hill alongside 500 fellow veterans’ advocates as part of the 2018 VFW L...


Rhode Island Veteran Receives National VFW Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce VFW Life member and retired Army Col. Raymond Denisewich as its VFW Accredited Service Representative of the Year 2017. 

The colonel is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who served 36 years in uniform before being appointed as VFW Rhode Island’s Department Service Officer in June 2016. According to his awards package, he used his personal experiences and leadership skills to successfully implement several best practices that streamlined office procedures, enhanced electronic recordkeeping, and developed and expanded higher-quality training methods. He is a Life member of VFW Post 2812 in Cranston, R.I.

“Colonel Denisewich earned this national honor for his tireless work ethic and commitment to ensuring America’s veterans received the benefits they earned from the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said VFW National...


Post-9/11 GI Bill Becoming Greater

WASHINGTON — The signing of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008 was the culmination of a decade’s worth of effort by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States to fight for a new military education benefit. Now that historic 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.

On July 13, the VFW hosted a roundtable with several veterans and military service organizations to discuss the Forever GI Bill.
VFW GI Bill RoundtableNew Mexico VFW Post Earns National Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce Sacramento Mountain VFW Post 11999 in Cloudcroft, N.M., has been selected to receive the prestigious Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award in honor of its “Warriors in Transition Event” project. 

The VFW’s Fred C. Hall award recognizes VFW Posts, County Councils, Districts and Departments for unique and outstanding community service projects.

VFW Post 11999 is being recognized for helping service members from the nearby Fort Bliss (Texas) Warrior Transition Battalion and their families to rest and recuperate from their traumas of war in a peaceful, alpine environment. Since 2011, Post members have generously donated their time and money, working with the local community to ensure visiting service members and their families receive accommodations, meals, and access to activities like fishing, hi...


WWII Veterans Widow Receives Long-Overdue VA Benefits

Paul Pirlot, state director of the VFW Detroit Service Office in Michigan, knew the best way to honor extraordinary WWII veteran Adelore Palmiter after his passing was by making sure his widow, Wilma Palmiter, was well cared for in the years following.WWII Vet Widow Benefits Insert

“Mr. Palmiter was a patient at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System when we first got in touch with him. We realized he had never filed a VA claim, even though he was eligible for benefits as a WWII veteran,” explained Pirlot.

At the time of his death, Adelore Palmiter was one of only 22 survivors o...


Dont Miss the VFW Live from New Orleans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Make sure to have your electronic devices ready as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States begins streaming live from its 118th VFW National Convention in New Orleans starting July 23.Don't Miss NOLA

More than 10,000 VFW and VFW Auxiliary members are expected to attend the weeklong convention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans, July 22-26. Livestreaming begins with the annual memorial service on July 23 at 8:30 a.m. (CDT), and continues for the duration of the convention beginning at 7:30 a.m., July 24, and culminating with the election of a new national commander on July 26.  


VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protection Act Becomes Law

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

VA Accountability Law

“Accountability must be a two-way street, and today’s signing now provide...


Burger King Franchisees Kick Off Fundraiser for Vets

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

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

During the month of July, patrons are encoura...


VFW Presents U.S. Coast Guard Band

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

The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security...


NRAEF, VFW Team Up for Second Hospitality Career Connection

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) are teaming up to help service members, veterans and their spouses explore career opportunities and apply for openings at some of the restaurant and hospitality industry’s top companies.

The Hospitality Career Connection virtual career fair takes place June 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, and includes businesses such as Applebee'sBJ’s RestaurantsEcolabSodexo and ...


VFW Continues Opposition to Individual Unemployability Cuts

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

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


VFW Champions Added Benefits for Disabled Vet

Retired Master Sergeant Jim Carver, 53, of Powhatan, Va., describes the initial process of separating from the military as “hectic.”

A disabled veteran who served over 21 years on active duty, Carver “had the basics taken care of” with his initial VA claim. However, when he heard about the VFW’s National Veterans Service program, he reached out to his VFW Department Service Officer, Ms. Bobbiejo Lazo.VFW Service Officer Lazo

“Once I was on the phone with her, I knew I was talking to the right person,” C...


Annual VFW Youth Scholarship Competitions Now Open

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

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

VFW Statement on Comedian Kathy Griffin

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


VFW Statement on Comedian Kathy Griffin

The USO has informed the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. that although comedian Kathy Griffin had performed several USO tours in the past, they have not had any relationship with her for a number of years. The VFW appreciates this information and apologizes for mentioning them in our May 31 press release.

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Yuengling's Lagers for Heroes Campaign to Support VFW

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

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. will recognize the sacrifices that America’s veterans have made with a significant donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ assistance programs in the amount of $100,000. Yuengling, America’s Oldest Brewery began supporting the VFW through their “Lagers For Heroes” program in 2016. This year’s program runs May 29 to July 4, 2017 and promotes Yuengling Traditional Lager and Light Lager with the line “Grab A Lager & Toast A Hero.”Yuengling Lagers for HeroesVFW Names National Teacher Award Winners

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

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

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


Former Marine Linguist Pursues Educational Goals

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

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

“I worked with almost every unit we had, including our in...


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

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

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

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

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

Encourage your Post to join in and


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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

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

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

Tenhula said the goal is to encourage ev...


VFW Applauds Presidents Executive Order

WASHINGTON — President Trump today signed a new executive order that will help the Department of Veterans Affairs better hold its employees accountable for their actions or inactions.

“Proper leadership, management and accountability are only watchwords without the authority to enact change,” said Brian Duffy, the national commander of the 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary.

“Today’s action, bolstered hopefully soon by the passage of the VA Accountability First Act, will help ensure that only the very best employees are hired and retained by a department that was created for one purpose, and that’s to care for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured veterans.” 

Read more about the accountability and whistle blower protections, among other actions contained in the executive order, VFW Members Mobilize to Give Back

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

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


VFW Auxiliary Announces 2017 Continuing Education Scholarship Winners

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

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


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