Apr 14 2012

New VFW Promotional Video

The National Veterans of Foreign Wars has unveiled their first video in their new “No One Does More For Veterans” campaign. Click below to view it.

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Mar 15 2012

Department of Virginia District One to Hold Convention Armed Forces Day 2012 at VFW Post 3219 Phoebus, VA

On Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 19th, 2012 the Department of Virginia's First District will hold its annual Convention at Craigs-McCue All American VFW Post 3219.

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Mar 15 2012

Honor Flight Trip Planned for Saturday, April 28 2012

The First District of the Department of Virginia VFW applauds Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia’s worthy effort to ensure that every veteran of the Second World War is honored properly with a trip to the National World War Two Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  For the next trip on April 28th, 2012 as with each of the last six trips, First District will lead the effort to ensure the bus trip departs in a safe, efficient and timely manner as well as ensure that a grateful nation remembers its heroes as we line the streets and give a grand sendoff for them as the buses pull out.

At 0530 hours, our District Commander, Thomas Randall, will be holding a Safety Briefing at the Historic Triangle Community Services Center at 312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA for all volunteers that serve as road guards, ushers and escorts for the veterans.  These volunteers are a coalition of Veterans Service Organizations, military units, and patriotic citizens that Commander Randall has coordinated.  All are proud to help those who sacrificed so much during World War Two.  These volunteers have included American Legion Post 39, DAV Chapters 2, 4 and 13, VFW Posts 176, 824, 960, 1503, 1776, 3219, 4639, 5500, 6002, 8252, 9808, the VFW Riders, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of the MOAA, the Navy League and the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. Military service personnel from Joint Base Langley-FT Eustis, NWS Yorktown, the USCG Training Center and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) always show up in large numbers and this departure will see them in force again without a doubt.

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Oct 02 2011

Denbigh VFW Post 6002 Hosts District One Meeting December 3rd, 2011

On Saturday December 3rd, 2011 Department of Virginia District One expects to hold its second joint meeting of the VFW Posts and Auxiliaries at Denbigh Post 6002.  A School of Instruction and a guest speaker are expected to be the highlights of the meeting.  Denbigh Post 6002 is located at the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2, 15460 Warwick Boulevard in the Denbigh section of Newport News, VA. From Interstate 64, exit at FT Eustis Boulevard (Exits 250A) and then exit at the second right onto Warwick Boulevard (Route 60).  Look for this red, white and blue DAV building on the left next to Cardwell Printing:


Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2, 15460 Denbigh Boulevard, Newport News, VA


For more information about Denbigh VFW Post 6002 or it’s Ladies Auxiliary contact its Commander, Paul Kypriandes @ 757-874-0411.  For more information about DEPT of Virginia VFW’s First District or to determine if your military service qualifies your for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, contact our Commander, Thomas Randall 757-570-3181 (cdrdist1@va.vfwwebmail.com ) or our Adjutant, Ralph Varhalla, 757-874-3948.

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Sep 24 2011

Department of Virginia VFW District One Supports Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia

The First District of the Department of Virginia VFW applauds Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia’s worthy effort to ensure that every veteran of the Second World War is honored properly with a trip to the National World War Two Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  For the next trip on October 22nd, 2011 as with each of the last five trips, First District will lead the effort to ensure the bus trip departs in a safe, efficient and timely manner as well as ensure that a grateful nation remembers its heroes as we line the streets and give a grand sendoff for them as the busses pull out.

At 0530 hours, our District Commander, Thomas Randall, will be holding a Safety Briefing at the Historic Triangle Community Services Center at 312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA for all volunteers that serve as road guards, ushers and escorts for the veterans.  These volunteers are a coalition of Veterans Service Organizations, military units, and patriotic citizens that Commander Randall has coordinated.  All are proud to help those who sacrificed so much during World War Two.  These volunteers have included American Legion Post 39, DAV Chapters 2, 4 and 13, VFW Posts 176, 824, 960, 1503, 1776, 3219, 4639, 5500, 6002, 8252, 9808, the VFW Riders, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Peninsula Chapter of the MOAA, the Navy League and the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. Military service personnel from Joint Base Langley-FT Eustis, NWS Yorktown, the USCG Training Center and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) always show up in large numbers and this departure will see them in force again without a doubt.

HFHTVA TRIP #5 DEPARTURE FROM WILLIAMSBURG

If you or your organization would like more information on participating in this Departure Detail that lasts no more than 1-1/2 hours and makes a huge difference in the success of the entire day-long trip, please contact Tom Randall, VFWVA First District Commander directly @ 757-570-3181 or mail to:cdrdist1@va.vfwwebmail.com. 


 VFW POST 1503 AND ITS AUXILIARIES GREET WW2 VETERANS AND THEIR GUARDIANS DURING A PIT STOP IN NORTHERN VA

For more information about Honor Flight, please visit the Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia Chapter home page.

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Sep 14 2011

“This is My VFW” Membership Recruitment Video

Membership recruitment video shot at the 112th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars August 27-September 1, 2011.  Our thanks to all who participated in the production.  Please share this video with all of your friends and veterans on your social networks.  And of course, if you have not yet joined the VFW, click here to join today!

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Sep 14 2011

VA News Highlights

Several headlines from the Department of Veterans Affairs in recent days.  Click the links to read the full stories.

Statement from Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on the American Jobs Act – Shinseki comments on the proposed Act which includes support for veteran jobs.

VA Announces Expansion of Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will expand its pilot for the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), which enables sharing of Veterans’ health records.

VA Streamlines Online Applications for Health Benefits Renewal – Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has automated its online Health Benefits Renewal (10-10EZR) form as part of its ongoing effort to streamline access to benefits.

VA Posts Online List of Ships Associated with Presumptive Agent Orange Exposure – Veterans who served aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships operating on the waters of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, may be eligible to receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation for 14 medical conditions associated with presumptive exposure to Agent Orange.

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Sep 14 2011

National Convention Wrap Up

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. DeNoyer, a resident of Middleton, Massachusetts, was elected VFW Commander-in-Chief on September 1, 2011, during the 112th VFW National Convention, held August 27 – September 1, in San Antonio, Texas.

Click here to read DeNoyer’s acceptance speech.

Also elected were John Hamilton, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief, of
St. Augustine, Florida, and William Thien, Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief, of Georgetown, Indiana.

Several major measures affecting the operation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars were also approved during the business sesssion.  Click here to read a summary by North Carolina VFW Member Ken Sellers.  For more information on convention events, visit the VFW.org Summary page.

And finally, watch the slideshow below for some random photos from the convention.

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Aug 22 2011

VFW Chides White House, Texas Governor for No-Show

KANSAS CITY, Mo., August 22, 2011 – The White House will not be sending a representative to the Veterans of Foreign Wars 112th National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, drawing harsh criticism and a rebuke from the leadership of the nation's largest combat veteran's organization.

"The VFW has had a long-standing tradition of inviting the sitting president to address our convention.  We want to know where he stands on veterans' affairs, and we want those remarks made in public and on the record," said Richard L. Eubank, the national commander of the nearly 2 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliaries. 

"When the President is unable to attend, it has always been customary for the White House to choose a high-level administration official as an alternative speaker," Eubank continued. "It is an insult of the highest magnitude that for the first time in the history of the VFW, the White House has apparently decided that this great and iconic organization of combat veterans and all of its members are not worthy of its notice by not at least offering a first-tier speaker  from the administration."

Eubank, a Marine Corps retiree and Vietnam combat veteran from Eugene, Ore., was also critical of Texas Governor, Rick Perry; "The VFW also has a tradition of inviting the governor of the host state where its annual convention is being held to come and welcome and greet our convention delegates.  Although Governor Perry was similarly sent an invitation 3 months ago, apparently our invitation was deemed not important enough for the governor’s office to at least accept or decline the invitation.  Governor Perry's candidacy for president does not provide him an excuse for bad manners.  The White House and Governor Perry can rest assured that the 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries will remember this discourteous treatment for a very long time to come."

Annually, the VFW's National Convention plays host to a number of other speakers as well, including prominent members of the Cabinet, military and civic leaders, business leaders and a host of everyday people honored for their exemplary service.

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Aug 02 2011

VFW letter: the debt deal's done, now what?

Dear VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and Supporters:

The president this afternoon signed congressional legislation to raise the federal debt limit and reduce government spending. The larger question is now how this all impacts veterans, service members, their families and survivors.

The measure passed by the Senate today and in the House yesterday will raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit by at least $2.1 trillion. An additional $500 billion could come in the fall, provided two-thirds of Congress approves. The final increase, expected early next year, would provide the Treasury enough borrowing power to pay its bills into 2013.

The deal also calls for sharp cuts in agency spending — about $917 billion over the next decade — starting with a $25 billion reduction in fiscal year 2012, which begins Oct. 1, with a second set of reductions coming later this year via a special committee charged with wringing at least $1.2 trillion more over the next decade. If the committee fails to act — or if Congress does not adopt its recommendations by Dec. 23 — government spending would be cut across the board by the same amount, with the reductions split 50:50 between security and non-security programs.

Either way, many DOD and VA programs and services could be negatively impacted, which would counteract everything the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has worked hard to create over the past 112 years. The VFW and our supporters cannot let this happen.

On the VFW website is a list of 10 services and programs the organization believes are most vulnerable to being cut or curtailed in order to help pay for 10 years of war. The "10 for 10" list will form the basis of VFW's legislative efforts and calls to action to its membership and grassroots supporters. Now is the time to re-engage with your members of Congress.

Yours in Comradeship,

ROBERT E. WALLACE
Executive Director
VFW Washington Office

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