The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) monitors all legislation affecting veterans, alerts VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and actively lobbies Congress and the administration on veterans issues. With VFW’s own priority goals in mind, combined with the support of 2 million members of VFW and its auxiliaries, our voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored!

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Showing posts with label VFW Priority Goals. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LIVE UPDATES: VFW Advocates Storm the Hill

A little snow may have shut down the Nation's Capitol today, but it couldn't stop the VFW from storming Capitol Hill for the 2014 VFW National Legislative Conference. VFW advocates once again converge on Washington this week to remind every Congressional office that "OUR NATION IS STILL AT WAR."

Armed with the VFW Legislative Priority Goals for 2014, more than 400 VFW advocates will be out in force on Capitol Hill this week, explaining the VFW’s stance on a variety of veterans’ issues and demanding swift Congressional action on looming budget sequestration, full advance appropriations for VA, and in-state tuition for veterans.

We will once again bring you up-to-the-minute highlights of this week's meetings, where our advocates will be uploading photos and comments directly to Twitter via the hashtag #VFWHill2014, which you can follow here:

The week culminates with the testimony of VFW Commander-in-Chief Bill Thien before a special joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, where Thien will lay out the 2014 legislative agenda for the VFW. Thien's testimony will be streamed on www.vfw.org on Tuesday afternoon, March 5.

We're also looking for in-depth stories and updates from Capitol Hill visits to post on this blog. To submit your story for consideration, simply fill out our online form here, or send photos and stories directly to vfwac@vfw.org.

Friday, February 8, 2013

VFW Advocates to Converge to Washington; Share Your Stories

On March 3, VFW leaders will converge on Washington, D.C., for the VFW Legislative Conference. Members of the VFW National Legislative Committee, Women Veterans Committee, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Committee will be out in force on Capitol Hill throughout the week alongside past VFW Commanders-in-Chief, VFW state commanders, and other VFW state offices. The week culminates with the testimony of VFW Commander-in-Chief John Hamilton before a special joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees.

In his testimony, Hamilton will lay out the 2013 legislative agenda for the VFW, which he will also have an opportunity to present to the White House and VA leadership. Commander Hamilton’s testimony will be streamed live on www.vfw.org, and the VFW Washington Office will bring you regular updates from the legislative conference the VFW Capitol Hill blog.

Armed with the VFW’s Legislative Priority Goals for 2013, VFW advocates plan to visit with every Congressional office, explaining in detail the VFW’s stance on a variety of veterans’ issues like VA benefits access, military quality-of-life programs, economic opportunity, and health care.

In advance of the conference, the VFW Washington Office is asking for “Advocate’s Point of View” stories from committee members and local advocates to feature on the VFW Capitol Hill blog. Submissions should be less than 500 words, including a brief description of your military background, your personal story about what VFW advocacy means to you, and a digital photo of either your time in uniform or your time working on behalf of the VFW. The VFW Washington Office will look to post submissions periodically leading up to the conference. If you are interested, please send your submissions directly to vfwac@vfw.org.

To view last year’s advocacy stories, click here.

Each year, the VFW Legislative Conference helps amplify the voices of nearly 2 million members of the VFW and our Auxiliaries on Capitol Hill, leading to meaningful reforms for our nation’s veterans. In September, VFW advocates similarly converged on Capitol Hill for the VFW Fall Conference, calling on the 112th Congress to “Finish Strong For Veterans”. The VFW’s efforts yielded considerable results when veterans’ reforms overwhelmingly passed through a reluctant Congress just after the New Year. To learn about the reforms VFW helped to pass at the end of the last Congress, click here.

(Image: VFW advocates from Vermont meet with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during last year's legislative conference. Sanders is the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in the 113th Congress. Official VFW photo.)

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

VOTE! Today is Election Day

Just a friendly reminder that the VFW encourages all our members to make it to the polls this Election Day and make your voice heard! With deep Defense budget cuts on the horizon and Americans continuing to serve in harm’s way around the world, the 2012 election could be a game-changer for veterans.

Over the years, VFW posts and departments have not only gotten out to vote, but have helped their communities get out and vote as well. If you have a unique story you would like to share from the campaign trail or helping veterans make it to the polls on Election Day, we want to share those stories on the Capitol Hill blog.

Here’s the latest field report from the VFW in Nevada, highlighting their work throughout the Election 2012 season:

Nevada Legislative Chairman Gil Hernandez met with Josh Romney, the son of Gov. Mitt Romney, on a campaign stop earlier this month along with Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. Hernandez handed both Romney and Thune a copy of the VFW’s legislative priority goals and discussed why veterans’ issues were so critical in this year’s election.

Earlier in the month, VFW member Steve Gibbs helped to coordinate veteran attendance at campaign rallies for both Romney and President Barack Obama. Gibbs also had three VFW members join in a roundtable discussion with Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.

To share your stories, either fill out our online form by clicking here, or simply email photos and stories directly to vfwac@vfw.org. Photo and story courtesy of Gil Hernandez.

(Image: VFW Nevada Legislative Chairman Gil Hernandez discusses the VFW’s legislative priority goals with Josh Romney, the son of presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney.)

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