After years of trying to collect reenlistment bonuses from California National Guard members and mounting pressure from the VFW, Congress and other VSOs, the Department of Defense (DOD) suspended its collection efforts in October of 2016. VFW National Commander Brian Duffy said at the time that he “welcomes the defense secretary’s decision to suspend the collections efforts, but that the decision doesn’t go deep enough. A comprehensive program needs to be immediately created to help make these Guard members whole again. They signed and fulfilled a contract, and whether they were authorized to receive a bonus is the fault of a system, not of any recipient. Aside from stopping collection, the government should also restore those monies already collected.” Earlier this week, DOD Secretary Ash Carter ordered the repayment of those bonuses that had been collected. DOD is also tasked with exploring ways to assist those veterans who may have gone into debt or lost their homes because of the recoupment of their bonuses.
That’s why VFW members from across the nation will take the voice of all veterans to Capitol Hill February 26 – March 2, during our annual VFW Legislative Conference. Continue reading
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Wisconsin Dept. of Gaming – Bingo, Raffle A & B. State Auditor, Randall Bansley will be doing the training. Continue reading
A call to engage our comrades and our minds in the business of building a better, modern VFW.
June 16, 2015 in Featured, WI VFW News Terrence Sund, a Wisconsin soldier and tragic casualty in Vietnam is entombed in a closed room, forgotten and closed to visitors. This unique situation came to the attention of VFW State Historian Steve Conto, who has worked valiantly over the years to locate the final resting place of each Wisconsin casualty of the Vietnam War. At the recent Wisconsin VFW State Convention, Conto reported on his progress to date, and then focused on the Terrence Sund project. The story follows below, and now it’s your turn to help. Steve is attempting to raise $5,000 necessary to bring about a proper burial of this otherwise forgotten hero. He hopes to reach his funding goal by Labor Day, but with a little effort on the part of our Posts, maybe we can hit that goal even sooner. Read the story below, and then download the simple Terrence Sund Burial Fund poster and put it up and help publicize this special effort. Terry was just 20 years old when he drowned in a Viet Cong … Continue reading