October 6, 2017

In This Issue:
1. VFW Attends Theater of War With Pentagon Leadership
2. VFW Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Toxic Exposures
3. Veterans ID Cards Update
4. VA Hosts Monthly Women Veterans Meeting
5. Puerto Rico Support
6. National Day of Honor Recognition
7. MIA Update

1. VFW Attends Theater of War With Pentagon Leadership: VFW National Commander Keith Harman attended a Theater of War performance at the National War College at Fort McNair Wednesday night with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.…

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September 29, 2017

Happy 118th Birthday, VFW!

In This Issue:
1. VA Secretary Testifies on Veteran Suicide
2. VA Authorization Act 2017
3. DOD Releases IFR for TRICARE Select
4. House Veterans’ Affairs Heath Care Hearing
5. Dunford Confirmed for Second Term
6. Women in Defense
7. Army Surgeon General Meeting
8. Get Your Annual Flu Shot
9. MIA Update

1. VA Secretary Testifies on Veteran Suicide: On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss Suicide Prevention Month and VA’s #BeThere campaign, which encourages veterans and their families to reach out and offer support to someone who may be struggling with mental health conditions. …

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September 22, 2017

In This Issue:
1. Vietnam Green Beret to Receive Medal of Honor
2. VA Facility Hurricane Updates
3. VFW, VVA Host Bad Paper Panel
4. VA Releases New Veteran Suicide Data
5. FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act
6. Army VSO/MSO Roundtable
7. Free VA Caregiver Course Available Online
8. Senate Panel Supports Consumer Protection Rules
9. Veterans Day 2017 Poster
10. New Retirement System Education Continues
11. MIA Update

 1. Vietnam Green Beret to Receive Medal of Honor: The White House announced Wednesday that President Trump will present the Medal of Honor on Oct.…

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September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017

In This Issue:
1. VFW Fall Legislative Conference Presses Priorities
2. VFW Testifies at House Pending Legislation Hearing
3. How the Equifax Breach Puts You at Risk
4. Remembering 9/11
5. National POW/MIA Recognition Day
6. Reserve Forces Policy Board
7. Natural Disaster Resources
8. VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Application Process Open
9. MIA Update

1. VFW Fall Legislative Conference Presses Priorities: Nearly 100 VFW and Auxiliary members, primarily from the VFW’s National Legislative Committee, were in the nation’s capital this week to talk with lawmakers about VFW priorities.…

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September 8, 2017

In This Issue:
1. September Marks Suicide Prevention Month
2. VFW Clarifies New VA Decision-Ready Claims Initiative
3. VFW Participates in 2017 Warrior Integration Symposium
4. VFW Attends Monthly Women Veterans Meeting
5. TRICARE Fee Increase
6. Disaster Resources
7. DOD Announces New DPAA Director
8. MIA Update

1. September Marks Suicide Prevention Month: Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the only cause in the Top 10 that continues to increase rather than decrease in prevalence.…

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September 1, 2017

September 1, 2017

In This Issue:
1. Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on VA Facilities
2. Harvey’s Impact on Vet Centers
3. VA Activates Pharmacy Disaster Relief Plan
4. Help VFW Help Others
5. V-J Day Commemoration
6. TRICARE Changes
7. Military Spouse Hiring Preference Expanded
8. Houston Hosts Women Veterans Summit
9. MIA Update


1. Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on VA Facilities: In an effort to meet the needs of veterans impacted by Hurricane Harvey and to accomplish its fourth mission to support national efforts for, respond to, and recover from war, terrorism, national emergencies, and natural disasters, virtually all Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Texas and Louisiana are open.…

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August 25, 2017

In This Issue:

1. VA Appeals Reform Becomes Law

2. President Approves GWOT Memorial

3. Europe Fact-Finding Trip

4. VA Hosts Online Discussion for Benefits

5. V-J Day Commemoration

6. MIA Update

1. VA Appeals Reform Becomes Law: On Wednesday, the president signed into law the VFW-supported Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which now provides three options for veterans to appeal disability rating decisions made by the Veterans Benefits Administration, as well as allows some veterans already in the appeals process to opt into the new system.…

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August 18, 2017

In This Issue:
1. VFW on Charlottesville
2. GI Bill Improvements Become Law
3. President Signs Choice Program, Employment Bill
4. TRICARE Fee Increase
5. Pharmacy Automatic Refill Changes
6. VA to Staff White House VA Hotline with Veterans
7. VA Women Veterans Summit
8. VFW National Home for Children Supports Military & Veteran Families
9. Service Cross Review
10. Arlington National Cemetery Survey Goes Live
11. MIA Update

1. VFW on Charlottesville: On Monday, VFW National Commander Keith Harman extended his organization’s deepest condolences to the families of Heather Heyer, Virginia State Police Lt.…

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August 11, 2017

In This Issue:
1. SECDEF on North Korea
2. Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization
3. California National Guard Bonus Update
4. Take the Arlington National Cemetery Survey
5. Flu Shots Start Tuesday
6. MIA Update

1. SECDEF on North Korea: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis released a statement Wednesday in response to growing threats emanating from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK): “The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack.…

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August 8, 2017

In This Issue:
1. Forever GI Bill Heads to President’s Desk
2. Funding Agreement for Choice Program and VA Heads to President
3. Senate Advances Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization
4. Senate Passes Ban on Private Sale of Military-issued Purple Heart Medals
5. WWII Veterans to Receive Benefits for Exposure to Mustard Gas and Lewisite
6. GWOT Memorial Bill Clears Congress, Heads to President
7. VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Program Sees First Legislative Victories
8. VFW Participates in Military to Civilian Transition Summit

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