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  • A Special Message from Your VFW Commander-in-Chief and Ladies Auxiliary VFW National President
  • General Orders – September
    General Orders September
  • New Survey Reflects 13 Years of War
    Blue Star Families released its fifth annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey this week. The key concerns identified by the 6,200 veterans, service and family members who participated in the VFW-supported survey were pay and benefits, and changes to retirement benefits. Other issues included military spouse employment, the effects of deployment on children,
  • House Holds Heated Discussion on VAOIG Report
    The House VA Committee held a five-hour hearing on the final VA Office of the Inspector General report that examined the manipulation of appointment scheduling that may have led to the deaths of veterans in Phoenix. The witnesses included representatives from the VAOIG, Veterans Health Administration leaders, and VA Secretary Robert McDonald. Following last
  • Critical Vet Programs Extended
    This week, legislation that would extend several VFW-supported programs cleared Congress. The bill, HR 5404, would extend a requirement that the VA provide nursing home care to certain veterans with service-connected disabilities, and reauthorize a grant program for homeless veterans with special needs. It would also allow the VA to continue collecting co-pa
  • COLA Headed to President
    On Tuesday, the House passed by voice vote S. 2258, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014, clearing it for the President’s signature. The bill will provide an increase in veterans’ disability compensation and Dependency and Indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. The increase is tied to the social security index
  • Speak Up for Veterans While Congress on Campaign Trail
    Congress left Washington yesterday and are now on the campaign trail in your home states and Congressional Districts. Now is the time to speak up for veterans, hold Town Hall Meetings, and discuss critical issues facing the military and veterans’ communities. Let your elected members know that you are prepared to hold them accountable on issues important to
  • Congress Passes CR, Then Heads Home
    Congress left town after clearing a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11. The bill provides an additional $59 million for the VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration to help fight the claims backlog, and $5 million for VA’s Inspector General’s Office to continue investigations into improper conduct, and for whistleblower protections. On
  • Fall Legislative Conference Update
    VFW Commander-in-Chief John Stroud concluded a weeklong schedule of meetings and briefings by honoring the nation’s former prisoners of war and those still missing-in-action at a Pentagon ceremony this morning. The Chief was in town with more than 70 members of the VFW Legislative Committee to urge Congress to end sequestration, to release a new VFW report o
  • Plane #13 in Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo
    Firsthand account by the pilot of aircraft #13 on the Doolittle Raid off the Hornet in 1942. Take the time and enjoy a bit of history. My name is Edgar McElroy. My friends call me “Mac”. I was born and raised in Ennis , Texas the youngest of five children, son of Harry and Jennie … Continue reading »