Sep 29

VFW Day 2010

Each year on September 29th VFW Day is celebrated at Posts and in communities around the world. It's a day devoted to the organization and its dedicated members who are so deeply committed to serving those who bravely serve this nation.

This year marks the 111th year since the VFW was established. On this date in 1899, a small group of Spanish-America war veterans joined together to form what would become the nation's largest and most dedicated group of combat veterans.

For 111 years the VFW has been unwavering in its devotion "to honor the dead by helping the living." VFW and its Auxiliary members carry out this mission by promoting good will, patriotism and youth scholarship. Their commitment is demonstrated through national veterans and legislative services, military assistance and community service programs, youth activities and scholarship programs, as well as millions of volunteer hours in their local communities each year.

Show your support by honoring all members and veterans in your community. Today everyone is invited to celebrate the tradition of continuous service and steadfast devotion that defines the VFW.  (VFW.org)

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Sep 17

Presidential Proclamation–National POW/MIA Recognition Day

"Until every story ends" is a solemn promise to those who wear the uniform of the United States that they will never be left behind or forgotten.  On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we pay tribute to the American men and women who never returned home from combat, to those who faced unthinkable suffering as prisoners of war in distant lands, and to all servicemembers who have defended American lives and liberties with unwavering devotion.  As a grateful Nation, we can never repay the profound debt to our heroes, and we will not rest until we have accounted for the missing members of our Armed Forces.

  We demonstrate our deep gratitude and admiration for our brave patriots not in words alone, but in our actions to bring them home.  Each year, specialists in our Department of Defense scour foreign battlefields and burial sites, interview witnesses, and search national and international archives for information about those missing from the Vietnam War, Korean War, Cold War, World War II, and other conflicts.  Their work will not be complete, nor our commitment fulfilled, until the families of those taken or missing in action can rest knowing the fate of their loved ones.

  On September 17, 2010, the stark black and white flag honoring America's prisoners of war and those missing in action will be flown over the White House; the United States Capitol; the Departments of State, Defense, and Veterans Affairs; the Selective Service System Headquarters; the World War II Memorial; the Korean War Veterans Memorial; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; United States post offices; national cemeteries; and other locations across our country.  It is a powerful reminder that our Nation will never cease in our task to recover, remember, and honor the courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed so much for each of us.

  NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 17, 2010, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.  I urge all Americans to observe this day of honor and remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Via Whitehouse.gov

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Sep 15

President Obama Urges Veterans to Claim Stop Loss Pay

WASHINGTON DC – Today, the White House, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs jointly released a new web video in which President Obama encourages active duty troops and veterans whose service in Iraq or Afghanistan was involuntarily extended or retirement was suspended due to 'stop loss' to apply for the special retroactive pay to which they are entitled.  Under legislation President Obama signed into law last year, servicemen and women who served between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009 and whose service was extended due to 'stop loss' are eligible for $500 per month in retroactive  pay for each month their service was extended.

Eligible servicemen and women should submit their applications for this retroactive pay to www.defense.gov/stoploss.  While by law, service members who received a bonus for voluntarily reenlisting or extending their service are not eligible, it is strongly recommended that all who may be eligible submit an application before the deadline.  The deadline to apply is October 21, 2010.  The tens of thousands of veterans who have already been approved have received an average of nearly $4,000.

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Sep 15

VFW Departments Make Facebook Push

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) : WV 110 Fans

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Sep 13

September-October 2010 Checkpoint Magazine

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Sep 13

Washington Weekly – September 10, 2010

In This Issue:
1. GI Education Improvement Bill Needs Action
2. Thousands Owed Stop-Loss Payments
3. VFW Against 'Burn a Koran Day'
4. Vietnam Airman to Receive MoH

1. GI Education Improvement Bill Needs Action: Congress returns to Washington next week with many unfinished items on their agenda. One of the most important is the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, a VFW priority. Both the House and Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation designed to fix VA's administration of the current benefit and improve the employability for many veterans.
H.R. 5933 and S. 3447 will make the changes needed to update and expand opportunities under the current GI Bill. We are asking all veterans advocates to call, or email (a sample letter is provided) their legislators and urge them to pass the bill so that veterans can begin using the benefit. Time is critical. Click on the link below to take action.
http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=16760551

2. Thousands Owed Stop-Loss Payments: The VFW is asking its members, Posts and friends to help the Pentagon reach about 80,000 former servicemembers who were stop-lossed between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. The reason is the government owes them $500 for every month they were kept beyond their initial separation date, but they must apply before the reimbursement program ends Oct. 21. The average benefit paid exceeds $3,500. For more information and to apply, go to www.defense.gov/stoploss. The following service-specific sites provide more information and allow you to begin the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay claim process:
* Army: https://www.stoplosspay.army.mil
* Navy: http://www.npc.navy.mil/ReferenceLibrary/MILPERSMAN/7000FinancialMgmt/7220_410.htm
* Marine Corps: https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/stoploss
* Air Force: http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/stoploss/

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Sep 08

VFW Strongly Against 'Burn A Koran Day'

WASHINGTON September 7, 2010 — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is strongly against the "Burn a Koran Day" that has been proposed by Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., to occur this Saturday on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

VFW National Commander Richard L. Eubank, a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Eugene, Ore., said this self-serving act to burn another religion's holy book will fuel anti-American sentiment for years, and directly endanger our troops and destroy the goodwill that they have built throughout the world's Muslim nations.

"No one will remember the tremendous multi-national coalition that freed Kuwait back in 1991, or America's huge humanitarian response in Indonesia after the 2005 tsunami or this year's disastrous flooding in Pakistan," said Eubank, who said no one outside the United States will recognize or even care that the act was done by a single or small group of individuals.

"The only thing Muslims will remember and our enemies will exploit was American laws permitted American citizens to burn the Islamic holy book without consequence," he said.

"The First Amendment may protect the pastor and his follower's right to protest, but there is nothing to be gained and everything to lose from this selfish act," said Eubank. "Our war is against a small number of religious extremists who kill indiscriminately and without remorse. Let's not allow an equally small number of religious extremists in America to widen the war."

Source: http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=news.newsDtl&did=5581

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Aug 27

2009-2010 VFW Commander in Chief Farewell Message

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Aug 26

Richard L. Eubank is new VFW National Commander

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 26, 2010 – America’s largest organization of combat veterans has elected a Vietnam War veteran to head the 1.5 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Richard L. Eubank, now a resident of Eugene, Ore., was elected VFW National Commander on Aug. 26, 2010, during the VFW’s National Convention held Aug. 20-25, in Indianapolis, Ind.

During his acceptance speech Eubank, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967-1987, pledged his support to help the organization’s state and local leaders in fighting for our troops and veterans. “Just let me know how I can use the influence of this position to help you at the local level…any combat unit worth its salt will take their objective and accomplish their mission. I want warriors who are willing to go into battle with me. For those that do not wish to wage war for our veterans, please stand aside and let us pass through,” he stated.

When emphasizing the need for new members, Eubank asked the mostly Vietnam-era audience to compare their roles within the organization to rifles and bullets. “Everyone at this convention is a rifle, and so are the thousands of others back in your home states and [VFW] Departments, Districts and Posts. You are the leaders…but every rifle needs bullets, and that’s our membership – and from one grunt to the many warriors in this room-you can never have too many bullets…every program and service we provide takes rifles to do the legwork and bullets to provide the support.”

During the Vietnam War Eubank served as a field radio operator with the 1st and 3rd Marine Division. His military decorations include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V device, Good Conduct Medal with 5 Stars, Vietnam Service Medal with 5 stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal among others.

Eubank joined the VFW in 1988 at Post 10165 in Cameron Park, Calif., and is currently a Life Member of Post 4084 in Ridgecrest, Calif. He has served in elected and appointed positions at the Post, District and Department (state) including Department Commander in 1999 – 2000. He earned distinction by achieving the Triple Crown; All American Commander honors at the Post, District and Department levels. He has served on numerous national committees.

During his yearlong term, Eubank will log thousands of miles across the globe to promote the VFW, veterans' issues and quality of life initiatives for active-duty, Reserve and Guard members. By the time the commander's term ends, he will have visited every state and numerous overseas areas.

Also elected were Richard L. DeNoyer, senior vice commander-in-chief, of Middleton, Mass., and John E. Hamilton, junior vice commander-in-chief, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Watch video here: http://www.livestream.com/vfw_us/video?clipId=pla_bb956bfa-490f-48d3-a1c9-c0a564b5fab7

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Aug 23

2010 National Convention Live Stream

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