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. Guest speakers are invited to address conference delegates, and since 1964 the VFW’s Congressional Award has been presented annually to one sitting member of the House or Senate for their significant legislative contributions on behalf of those who have worn the uniform. Also at the event, the winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship contests are announced. Each national winner reads their winning essay before conference delegates and are presented with their winnings. The 2018 Legislative Conference is scheduled for March 4 – 7, 2018.
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Message from National Commander Stroud March 30 is a very important day, not only to the VFW, but to all of America. It is a day dedicated to a generation of veterans who were made extraordinary by their commitment and lasting resolve. In 2011, nearly 38 years after the final withdrawal of U.S. combat and combat-support troops from Vietnam, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating March 30, “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” From February 1961 – May 1975, more than 3,400,000 Americans served in support of the U.S military operations in Vietnam and Southeast Asia; more than 58,000 gave their lives. Our Vietnam veterans are worthy of every praise, monument and memorial erected in their name. They served with a tenacious and indomitable spirit and returned to a homeland in political turmoil. Regrettably, their noble and steadfast service was overlooked by many upon their return. In many cases their sacrifice went unappreciated, dismissed or was even insulted. Though long-overdue, today America recognizes each and every Vietnam veteran who did not receive the proper welcome home they earned and deserved. … Continue reading
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District 7 Commander and Past Post 10262 Commander John Schultz and VFW Department Service Officer Dave Goeldner present Kim Mickalowski of the Milwaukee Fisher House Foundation with a $5,000 check. The donation was the result of a Post sponsored golf tournament. The money will be used to help build a Fisher House at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Groundbreaking for the home will be later this summer. Fisher House provides a a place for military and veterans families to stay while their loved ones are being treated in a VA or military hospital.
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States announces that Michele Rathke of Merrill VFW Post 1638 has once again achieved All-American status as Post Commander in the VFW Department of Wisconsin. The criteria for this honor are based on outstanding achievements in membership growth and participation in VFW programs that benefit veterans and their communities. The title of All-American Commander is one of the most prestigious honor given by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Rathke also serves as Senior Vice Commander of the Seventh District of the Department of Wisconsin. As an All-American Post Commander, Rathke will receive a distinguished cap, pin, and recognition by her VFW comrades. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is America’s largest organization of war zone veterans. Since its inception more than 100 years ago, the VFW has donated millions of dollars and volunteer hours, been a strong supporter of the country’s youth, and of patriotic and educational efforts. The VFW has also been an unwavering advocate to the military, its veterans, and their families.
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National Commander John Hamilton will be representing the VFW in the White House Monday morning, as well as participate in Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Locally, many of our 7,200 VFW Posts will be having similar ceremonies to honor our fallen. As we gather to remember the more than one million Americans who served and died in our nation’s conflicts going back to the Revolutionary War, please remember to keep our 83,000 missing and unaccounted-for servicemen—and their families—in your thoughts, as well as the men and women assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, who are tasked with bringing them home from some of the most austere places on Earth. As of today, there are 73,661 missing from World War II; 7,918 from the Korean War; 1,647 from the Vietnam War; 126 from the Cold War; and 6 from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More information, plus loss statistics, are available at the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/summary_statistics/.