Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Military National

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Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Association Type
Military National

Website
http://www.vfw.org/

Contact Phone Number
(816) 756-3390

Contact Email
info@vfw.org
Year Established
1899

Short Name
vfw
HQ Address
National Headquarters
406 West 34th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111


 

<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px">Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for veterans, currently deployed members of our Armed Forces, and their families. The 2.4 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW Posts around the world. We are at heart an organization dedicated to providing a place for all of those who have sacrificed in our nation?s conflicts abroad. While we are a national organization, we express this dedication through our local posts and programs to support veterans, service members, and their families.<br />
<br />
<strong>Our Mission</strong><br />
The VFW?s mission is to support those who sacrifice so much for this country?veterans, those currently serving in our US Armed Forces, and their families.<br />
<br />
<strong>Current Leadership</strong><br />
The VFW is headed by a National Commander-in-Chief elected to serve a one-year term.</span></span></p>
National Commander-in-Chief: Thomas Tradewell<br />
Senior Vice Commander: Richard Eubank<br />
Junior Vice Commander: Richard DeNoyer<br />
VFW Adjutant General: Allen 'Gunner' Kent<br />
VFW Quartermaster General: Larry Maher<br />
VFW Washington, D.C., Office Executive Director: Bob Wallace
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px"><strong>Veteran Advocacy: Full-Time Support for Veterans</strong><br />
National Veteran Service: The VFW provides full-time support to veterans and their families. Our Veteran Service Officers are professional, full-time advocates who are expert at helping veterans (members and non-members alike) with their Veterans Administration claims. They can be found at every VA medical center and can also be reached at 1-800-VFW-1899. Our Veteran Service Officers help veterans claim over a billion dollars annually in VA benefits. Every veteran (including those in the process of leaving the military) should speak to a Veteran Service Officer to ensure he or she is receiving the benefits they deserve.<br />
<br />
National Legislative Services: The VFW works for veterans on Capitol Hill. The VFW Washington, D.C., office has a full-time staff to monitor, lobby, and report on legislation that directly impacts our veteran community.<br />
<br />
<strong>Support to Troops and Families: Answering the Call to Assist Our Nation?s Defenders</strong><br />
National Military Services: The VFW offers support and assistance to the military community through a variety of programs.<br />
<br />
The VFW launched Operation Uplink in 1996 to connect active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans with their loved ones. Contributions from supporters purchase phone cards that are sent to those serving this great nation. In total, VFW Operation Uplink has distributed more than 8.5 million phone cards. In 2006, the VFW also began hosting ?Free Call Days.? On holidays throughout the year, troops can call home?at no charge?from Internet cafes throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Free talk time has already totaled more than 5 million minutes!<br />
<br />
VFW Unmet Needs helps service members and their families who face unexpected financial difficulties, often as a result of unexpected or extended deployments. Military families can apply for grants of up to $2,500 to cope with emergencies and get through tough times.<br />
<br />
VFW Military Assistance Program works to give troops and military families the help they need during long deployments and when they return. The program sponsors numerous morale-boosting sendoffs and homecomings for troops and their families. The events?which often include free entertainment, food and other festivities?are held at military bases across the nation, as well as at local VFW Posts.<br />
<br />
<strong>Programs in Our Communities: Giving Back to Our Towns and Neighborhoods</strong><br />
The VFW promotes programs that help build our communities. Though we maintain a national presence, we are a grass-roots organization. A VFW Post is not a building?it is the people inside. Our programs are geared toward developing tomorrow?s leaders and recognizing those who are building that future today.<br />
<br />
VFW gives out over $3.6 million annually through our Voice of Democracy scholarships to high-school students and Patriots Pen savings bonds to junior high and middle-school students. Candidates for these awards are nominated at the Post level and compete at the state and national levels. Finalists are invited to VFW ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The VFW recently added the VFW Military Family Scholarship for veterans and their families. Applicants apply to VFW National Headquarters for this award.<br />
<br />
Community service takes many forms, from volunteering at local VA hospitals to volunteering in community clean-ups. VFW members volunteer over 13 million hours annually in their communities.<br />
The VFW also offers recognition to leaders in our community. These awards go to teachers, police officers, firefighters, and emergency response personnel who have distinguished themselves through their dedication and service.</span></span></p>
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<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px">Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for veterans, currently deployed members of our Armed Forces, and their families. The 2.4 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW Posts around the world. We are at heart an organization dedicated to providing a place for all of those who have sacrificed in our nation?s conflicts abroad. While we are a national organization, we express this dedication through our local posts and programs to support veterans, service members, and their families.<br />
<br />
<strong>Our Mission</strong><br />
The VFW?s mission is to support those who sacrifice so much for this country?veterans, those currently serving in our US Armed Forces, and their families.<br />
<br />
<strong>Current Leadership</strong><br />
The VFW is headed by a National Commander-in-Chief elected to serve a one-year term.</span></span></p>
<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px"> </span></span>National Commander-in-Chief: Thomas Tradewell<br />
Senior Vice Commander: Richard Eubank<br />
Junior Vice Commander: Richard DeNoyer<br />
VFW Adjutant General: Allen 'Gunner' Kent<br />
VFW Quartermaster General: Larry Maher<br />
VFW Washington, D.C., Office Executive Director: Bob Wallace
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)"><span style="color:rgb(96,96,96); font-family:verdana; font-size:11px"><strong>Veteran Advocacy: Full-Time Support for Veterans</strong><br />
National Veteran Service: The VFW provides full-time support to veterans and their families. Our Veteran Service Officers are professional, full-time advocates who are expert at helping veterans (members and non-members alike) with their Veterans Administration claims. They can be found at every VA medical center and can also be reached at 1-800-VFW-1899. Our Veteran Service Officers help veterans claim over a billion dollars annually in VA benefits. Every veteran (including those in the process of leaving the military) should speak to a Veteran Service Officer to ensure he or she is receiving the benefits they deserve.<br />
<br />
National Legislative Services: The VFW works for veterans on Capitol Hill. The VFW Washington, D.C., office has a full-time staff to monitor, lobby, and report on legislation that directly impacts our veteran community.<br />
<br />
<strong>Support to Troops and Families: Answering the Call to Assist Our Nation?s Defenders</strong><br />
National Military Services: The VFW offers support and assistance to the military community through a variety of programs.<br />
<br />
The VFW launched Operation Uplink in 1996 to connect active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans with their loved ones. Contributions from supporters purchase phone cards that are sent to those serving this great nation. In total, VFW Operation Uplink has distributed more than 8.5 million phone cards. In 2006, the VFW also began hosting ?Free Call Days.? On holidays throughout the year, troops can call home?at no charge?from Internet cafes throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Free talk time has already totaled more than 5 million minutes!<br />
<br />
VFW Unmet Needs helps service members and their families who face unexpected financial difficulties, often as a result of unexpected or extended deployments. Military families can apply for grants of up to $2,500 to cope with emergencies and get through tough times.<br />
<br />
VFW Military Assistance Program works to give troops and military families the help they need during long deployments and when they return. The program sponsors numerous morale-boosting sendoffs and homecomings for troops and their families. The events?which often include free entertainment, food and other festivities?are held at military bases across the nation, as well as at local VFW Posts.<br />
<br />
<strong>Programs in Our Communities: Giving Back to Our Towns and Neighborhoods</strong><br />
The VFW promotes programs that help build our communities. Though we maintain a national presence, we are a grass-roots organization. A VFW Post is not a building?it is the people inside. Our programs are geared toward developing tomorrow?s leaders and recognizing those who are building that future today.<br />
<br />
VFW gives out over $3.6 million annually through our Voice of Democracy scholarships to high-school students and Patriots Pen savings bonds to junior high and middle-school students. Candidates for these awards are nominated at the Post level and compete at the state and national levels. Finalists are invited to VFW ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The VFW recently added the VFW Military Family Scholarship for veterans and their families. Applicants apply to VFW National Headquarters for this award.<br />
<br />
Community service takes many forms, from volunteering at local VA hospitals to volunteering in community clean-ups. VFW members volunteer over 13 million hours annually in their communities.<br />
The VFW also offers recognition to leaders in our community. These awards go to teachers, police officers, firefighters, and emergency response personnel who have distinguished themselves through their dedication and service.</span></span></p>
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Title
VFW Cites Backlog, Health Care as Top Legislative Priorities
Date Event
Mar 9, 2010

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VFW Cites Backlog, Health Care as Top Legislative Priorities
Washington D.C.,March 9, 2010 — In his opening statement today before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees, Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., testified about his organization's concern with the national health care debate, and whether or not it will impact the health care programs currently provided to veterans and military retirees by the VA and the military’s Tricare system.

"Many promises have been made — by the president and by this Congress — that VA and Tricare will be protected, but a free press and an even freer Internet continue to fuel speculation that both health systems will be lost and/or absorbed into a larger national plan," said Tradewell, who leads the nation’s largest and oldest major combat veterans’ organization. "America’s veterans and military retirees look to you — our champions in Congress — to protect both programs, and to do so vocally at every opportunity."

In his testimony, the combat-wounded Vietnam veteran from Sussex, Wis., addressed the number one VFW legislative issue: Fix the backlog of more than 1.1 million individual claims and appeals for compensation, pension and education benefits currently plaguing the Veterans Benefits Administration.

"The most important issue facing America’s veterans today is the unacceptable VA claims backlog, and an equally unacceptable processing error rate," said Tradewell, referring to a system wide 17-percent average error rate that soars to 25, 29 and 38 percent in the VA Regional Offices in Virginia, Alaska and Maryland, respectively.

"This massive backlog has resulted in a six-month average wait for an initial rating decision, and a two-year average wait for an appeal decision. That is completely unacceptable, [as is] asking a veteran to wait half of a year or more for a rating decision that could have a one-in-three chance of being incorrect."

The VFW national commander commended VA Secretary Eric Shinseki for making the reform of the VA claims system a top VA priority, but cautioned against "silver bullet" fixes that could prove more harmful than helpful to veterans.

"We know that any single plan to make the overall claims process simpler could occur at the expense of the rights and benefits earned by veterans, their dependents and survivors," he said. "A quick fix plan is simply unacceptable, because fixing the backlog will require thoughtful solutions to avoid harming veterans and exacerbating the problem.

"VBA is the key to everything VA does, so the VFW will continue to offer its expertise to the VA and your committees so that we can solve this backlog problem together," he said. "Veterans have grown tired of the excuses. They want and deserve action. The VFW wants to help."

Other VFW high interest issues addressed ranged from the proper care and treatment of returning servicemen and women with traumatic injuries to mind and body, the need for an integrated information technology system to bring the VA into the 21st century, veterans’ unemployment and homelessness, and military caregivers and survivor benefits. Tradewell also provided testimony regarding further traumatic brain injury research and treatment, suicide awareness and prevention, and women veterans' health care needs.

Joining Tradewell at the hearing were VFW and Ladies Auxiliary leaders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Click here to read the full testimony.

 
 


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