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Mar 11 2018

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Veterans of Foreign Wars “Storm The Hill”

Mar 5-8, Washington DC, This past week more than 500 senior members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the nation’s largest and oldest war veterans’ organization began rallying in Washington, D.C., to voice the concerns of veterans directly with the nation’s lawmakers.  This included senior representatives from each Department including Europe and Pacific.  Leading the charge was VFW Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman.  

Each Department Team engaged with their Congressional and Senate representatives, across Capitol Hill, to present the issues important to our nation’s veterans. These issues include:

  • Eliminating sequestration;
  • Ensuring timely access to high quality care;
  • Consolidating VA’s community Care programs into an easily understood and administered program; and,
  • Consolidating funding. 

State Commander Mike Boehme-  District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson  -Past State Commander Dan Boyer

The Virginia Team was made up of:

Mike Boehme, State Commander

Dan Boyer, National Legislative Committee & Past State Commander

Doc Crouch, National Legislative Committee & Past State Commander

Ken Wiseman, National Legislative Officer & State Senior Vice

Chuck Wilson , District 10 Commander

Monty Zimmerman, Manassas Park Post CDR

Dan Boyer – Congressman Taylor – Mike Boehme – Chuck Wilson

Seen above is the Virginia Team with Congressman Scott Taylor of Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.  Congressman Taylor is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates where he represented Virginia’s 85th District in the Virginia Beach area, and, he is a former US Navy Seal . 

 Zimmerman – Wilson – Congressman Griffith – Boyer – Boehme

 

Seen above is the Virginia Team with Congressman H. Morgan Griffith who represents Virginia’s 9th District is currently serving his fourth term

The Virginia Team also met with the offices of Virginia’s Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Rob Wittman, Congressman Gerry Connolly, a lunch room dialogue with Congressman Tom Garrett, and many other lawmakers. 

 

 

 Before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees, VFW Commander in Chief Keith Harman (above) delivered testimony focused on ending sequestration and improving the care, services and programs provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

 “The VFW is pleased Congress recently passed a bipartisan budget agreement to alleviate the sequester’s impact on our military and veterans, but you only delayed its return by two years,” VFW National Commander Keith Harman  told members of the committees. “Our service members, veterans and their families are counting on you to repeal sequestration once and for all!” 

Virginia District 10 recognized for membership performance 

Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman  &  District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson 

In a special ceremony, the VFW Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman , recognized the top Districts and Posts for their membership performance so far this year.  Virginia District 10 was recognized for being the top District in Division One, worldwide.  Accepting the award for District 10 is District 10’s Commander Chuck Wilson With four months to go, Virginia District 10 is in front of Europe’s Districts 1 and 3 .  Virginia’s District 10 is the largest in Virginia with over 8,000 members and auxiliary.

Since 1949, VFW’s annual Legislative Conference has provided an opportunity for VFW leaders from each state to personally lobby their respective lawmakers and watch as VFW’s current Commander-in-Chief testifies on Capitol Hill before the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on behalf of veterans.

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

 

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