National POW/MIA Recognition Day

This Friday, Sept. 17 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The nation sets aside the third Friday in September to remember our former POWs and our...

Patriot Day is Saturday

This Saturday, Sept. 11, is Patriot Day. It is the 20th Anniversary of hijacked airplanes crashing into World Trade Center in New York City and...

History of the End of World War II

On Aug. 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both Aug. 14...

Message from VFW National Commander of Veterans on Afghanistan

With the recent turn of events in Afghanistan, the VFW wants the veterans of the war in Afghanistan to know we stand with you. Scores...

Congress Passes Dog Training Pilot Program

The Senate passed VFW-supported H.R.1448, the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act. This legislation would establish a pilot program on dog training therapy for veterans diagnosed...

VFW Elects New National Commander

Mathew M. “Fritz” Mihelcic, of Sparta, Illinois, was installed as the VFW’s 113th Commander-in-Chief at the organization’s 122nd national convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Mihelcic...

House Hearing on VA Extended Care Program

Last Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health conducted a hearing on access to VA’s home and community-based services. Ideally, these services allow veterans...

Beware of VA Claim Sharks

Last week, Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-KS) sent a letter to VA Secretary McDonough highlighting...

VFW Testifies Before House

On Wednesday, VFW National Legislative Service Deputy Director Tammy Barlet testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health regarding several pieces of pending legislation....

Rural Mental Health Bill Becomes Law

Last Wednesday, the President signed into law VFW-supported S.1468, the Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act of 2021. Sgt. Brandon Ketchum served in the...

US Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Senate Hearing on Pending Legislation

Last Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs conducted a hearing on pending legislation. VA representatives responded to questions on VA’s policies and procedures regarding...

VFW officers installed

The VFW Department of Pennsylvania and Auxiliary held its annual convention over the weekend in Pittsburgh. The nominations, elections, and installations of officers for the...

Annual Convention Set in Pittsburgh

The Department of Pennsylvania VFW and Auxiliary Annual Convention will be held in Pittsburgh. For the VFW, it is the 102nd Pennsylvania State Convention. It...

VFW & Humana Team Up with Feeding America

The VFW and Humana have teamed up with Feeding America to kick off the 2021 “Uniting to Combat Hunger” campaign. The campaign was created in...

VFW Participates in Toxic Exposure Events

On Tuesday, VFW Department of Montana Adjutant Tim Peters represented the VFW on a call with Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester to pledge...

Memorial Day’s Meaning and History

Memorial Day commemorates all men and women who died in the U.S. military service. It’s not to be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the...

VFW Testifies Before Senate on VA Disability Claims

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on the state of the VA disability claims process during the COVID-19 pandemic. VFW...

VFW Testifies Before Senate on Toxic Exposures

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on pending legislation. VFW National Legislative Service Director Patrick Murray testified on the VFW’s...

VFW Testifies Before Senate On Toxic Exposures

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on pending legislation. VFW National Legislative Service Director Patrick Murray testified on the VFW’s...

Major Veterans Groups Say Time For Toxic Exposures Legislation is Now

Leaders of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) have written an op-ed calling for comprehensive toxic exposure legislation. There are...

VFW Hosts Toxic Exposures Press Conference

On Tuesday, the VFW hosted a press conference in front of the VFW Memorial Building in Washington, D.C., for the introduction of the Presumptive Benefits...

Joining Forces Initiative Relaunch

Last week, First Lady Jill Biden announced the priorities of the recently relaunched Joining Forces initiative. The focus will be on military spouse unemployment and...

COVID-19 Funeral Expense Reimbursement

Due to the American Rescue Plan Act and other COVID-19-related legislation recently passed into law, FEMA will be able to provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related...

Saves Lives Act Signed Into Law

On Wednesday, President Biden signed into law VFW-supported H.R. 1276, Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize All Veterans and Every Spouse (SAVE LIVES)...

National Vietnam Veterans Day

National Vietnam Veterans Day is a commemorative holiday in the United States which recognizes the sacrifice veterans and their families made during the Vietnam War....

American Rescue Plan Becomes Law

On Thursday, President Biden signed into law H.R.1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This legislative package addresses the economic and health issues facing...

Legislation Introduced to Improve Adaptive Automobile Grant Program

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Reps. Daniel Meuser (R-PA) and David Trone (D-MD) introduced legislation to improve the VA adaptive automobile...

VFW Participates in Event on C&P Exam Delays

Last Monday, House Veterans’ Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee Chairwoman Elaine Luria hosted a virtual event on compensation and pension (C&P) exam delays....

New VFW ALTAS Site Open For Patients

Last week, VFW Post 7842 in Linesville became the second VFW Project Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ALTAS) location, allowing veterans and their families...

VA Secretary Confirmed

Last week, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted 87-7 to confirm, Denis R. McDonough for the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “The VFW...