Category Archive: General

Dec 15

Wreaths Across America Wrapup

Wreaths adorn gravesites at Arlington National Cemetary The Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, has donated about 90,000 wreaths for the program since its president, Morrill Worcester, started the annual tradition in 1992. Working with the National Cemetery Administration and a bevy of volunteers, the company has made balsam fir wreaths with bright red bows …

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Dec 15

VA Urges Vets to Sign-up for Direct Deposits

WASHINGTON (December 15, 2008) — Every month, 730,000 veterans or survivors look for their compensation, pension checks or educational assistance payments in their mailboxes.  Nearly all receive them, but theft and mail delays cause problems for some veterans, which can be prevented by direct deposits. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is urging those veterans …

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Dec 12

VFW Wants Veterans Corp. Shut Down

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2008–The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is calling on Congress to stop appropriating federal funding for the Veterans Business Development Corporation, which is better known as The Veterans Corporation, or TVC. Congress created TVC in 1999 to provide military veterans with the resources and guidance necessary to start small businesses, …

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Dec 07

Obama Picks Shinseki to Lead Veterans Affairs

Via Associated Press and other sources President-elect Barack Obama has nominated retired Gen. Eric K. Shinseki to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary.  Obama made the announcement Sunday in Chicago along with Shinseki. See Shinseki's biography here. In a statement on Shinseki's nomination, current VA Secretary James Peake said: "I worked for General Shinseki when …

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Dec 06

VFW Washington Weekly – December 5, 2008

In This Issue: 1. TSGLI Benefits Expand 2. Obama Announces National Security Team 3. 30th Anniversary of Army Integrating WACs 4. VA Opening 31 New Outpatient Clinics 1. TSGLI Benefits Expand: More servicemembers may now qualify for Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI), because of newly expanded benefits resulting from a recent review by the …

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Dec 05

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2008

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we mourn the more than 2,400 Americans whose lives were lost in the surprise attack on our homeland that changed the course of history. Their service and sacrifice and the service and sacrifice of all our World War …

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Dec 05

New VFW Surgeon General Elected

James Tuorila of East St. Cloud has been elected as the new surgeon general for the international Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. "I was humbled by it," Tuorila said. "I never imagined I'd climb this high or this fast in the VFW. It also came as a surprise no one would run against me." The …

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Dec 03

VFW Commander-in-Chief Defends Modernization

Robert F. Dorr's December 1 commentary, "VFW, Legion must modernize in order to thrive" is interesting reading but regrettably focuses on archaic stereotypes that are simply re-hashing many of his embedded misunderstandings of what veterans service organizations really accomplish. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U. S. was founded in 1899 by Spanish-American and …

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Dec 03

VFW Member Receives Bronze Star 63 Years Later

Sixty-three years after he helped liberate captives in three Nazi concentration camps and one POW camp in Germany and Austria, veteran Raymond Callanan (left) of Farmington, Missouri is getting his Bronze Star medal. Visit VFW Post 5896 for more.

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Dec 02

VA Sends Latest Gulf War Illness Report to IOM for Review

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2008) — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has sent the October 2008 report from the VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) for review and recommendations. The October report from the advisory committee identified potential causes for — and …

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