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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,600 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.

VFW News

Hal Roesch II Elected VFW's New National Commander

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hal Roesch II, of Hampton, Virginia, was installed as the Veterans of Foreign Wars' 112th national commander today during a change of command ceremony at the VFW National Headquarters.

Roesch assumes command of the oldest combat veterans service organization boasting approximately 1.5 million members, including its Auxiliary.

"I stand before you, humbled, elated and ready to selflessly serve the 1.5 million members and its Auxiliary as we continue the tradition of serving America's veterans, service members and families worldwide," said Roesch.

Roesch is a 20-year U.S. Air Force retiree serving from 1982 to 2002. He earned his VFW eligibility during his combat service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and overseas service as part of Southern Watch. Roesch is a recipient of three Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars, and numerous other awards and decorations.

Roesch joined the VFW in 1991 at VFW Post 3034 in Sumter, South Carolina, and became a Post commander at VFW Post 4542 in Spring Lake, North Carolina. He now maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership at VFW Post 3219 in Phoebus, Virginia.

Roesch has served in elected and appointed positions at the Post, District and Department levels, culminating with his election as VFW Department of Virginia commander from 2008-2009. On the national level, he has served on the Council of Administration from 2010-2012 and as the inspector general from 2016-2017.

Roesch said the VFW is preparing to build a 20/20 Vision For Veterans and it begins with re-educating and reintroducing the organization to its communities and local and national leaders.

"We are the pillars of our communities," said Roesch. "We represent the strength of our nation. And we will lead the charge into 2021 and beyond in protecting the very benefits and entitlements that our service members, veterans and military families have earned through their sacrifice, commitment and selfless service in defense of freedom."

Roesch said the VFW is more vital and instrumental today than it's ever been because of the veterans serving at Posts around the globe.

"Our VFW remains the resilient force it has always been," said Roesch. "We are stronger today because of you. Together, our voices will continue to be a dominant force in our communities, on the Hill and within the halls of the White House."

He also reinforced the organization's commitment to inclusivity stating, "Our doors are open to ALL eligible veterans, and today I stand here before you and personally invite all eligible veterans to join our organization."

Roesch replaced William "Doc" Schmitz as national commander.

Watch or read his acceptance speech.

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More Than 1 Million Meals Raised for Food Pantries in Need

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud to announce its 2020 "Uniting to Combat Hunger" campaign has raised more than 1 million meals for veterans and military families in need, transcending its original goal of 500,000.

VFW Quartermaster General Debra Anderson and Ed Sandrick, director of Humana's Strategic Alliances and Veteran Channel, made the special announcement live Monday during the VFW's #StillServing Celebration, a virtual, weeklong event to bring awareness, respect and gratitude to veterans who remain committed to a life of service after their time in the military ends.

Originally established in March of 2018, "Uniting to Combat Hunger" is a collaborative campaign from the VFW and Humana designed to help to raise awareness and fight food insecurity in the veteran and military communities. Defined as the lack of access to enough nutritionally adequate foods to live an active, healthy life, food insecurity contributes to poor health, lower productivity and higher medical costs. This societal issue impacts one in nine Americans, and 25% of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans.

Initially planned as a national food drive, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced this year's "Uniting to Combat Hunger" campaign to drastically shift its focus to raising donations in support of local VA food pantries that were struggling to keep up with the increasing needs of the veteran and military families in their communities.

"When we set our goal of 500,000 meals, we never could have anticipated the increased struggles the COVID-19 pandemic would bring," said VFW National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz. "As more and more military and veteran families struggled to put food on the table, shifting our focus to supporting local VA food pantries just made sense. The efforts and dedication of VFW members, Humana representatives and VA employees across the country are perfect examples of how we are #StillServing."

"It's an honor to support veteran and military families during this unprecedented time, as no one should be food insecure," said Ed Sandrick, Humana Director of Strategic Alliances and Veteran Channel. "Through the 'Uniting To Combat Hunger' campaign, we're proud to help feed those who have sacrificed so much for our country and we're thrilled to more than double our goal in collaboration with dedicated partners like the VFW."

For more information on how you can help the VFW and Humana address food insecurity, visit vfw.org/UTCH.

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VFW to Host #StillServing Celebration July 20-24

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will present its first-ever #StillServing Celebration the week July 20-24. The virtual event, which culminates in the installation of incoming VFW National Commander Hal Roesch, will shine a spotlight on personal veteran stories that emerged as result of the #StillServing campaign which began in February of this year.

"When we launched the #StillServing campaign it was to bring attention to the unexpected ways veterans continue to serve their country after they leave active military," said William "Doc" Schmitz, VFW national commander. "The onset of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 multiplied the inspiring stories of veterans' continued dedication to giving of themselves, now to their local communities. It represents the heart of VFW."

The #StillServing Celebration will kick off Monday, July 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. and will include veterans' #StillServing videos, remarks from special guests, surprise celebrity entertainers, a #StillServing T-shirt giveaway and opportunities for VFW members and other viewers to engage with each other and share to their social channels.

For more information, go to vfw.org/StillServingCelebration, and follow the VFW's Facebook page facebook.com/VFWFans with notifications turned on. While registration is not required, all are encouraged to complete the RSVP form and indicate whether they would like their name posted in the welcome gallery.

"For former military, raising their hand to meet a need is right up their alley," said Schmitz. "The sense of teamwork and purpose in volunteering is a natural fit for the military veteran. No one is better trained or experienced to carry it out effectively. This #StillServing Celebration brings the truth of that forward and we are excited to share it."

The VFW encourages all veterans to share stories by going to vfw.org/StillServing to show how they continue to answer the call to serve in ways big and small. In addition, family or friends are asked to use #StillServing in social media posts to honor a veteran in their lives who believes the spirit of service transcends military life.

The VFW urges Americans to visit vfw.org/StillServing to learn more about the campaign, make a shareable image honoring veterans in their lives, watch videos of VFW members making a difference and see a collection of user-generated content.

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Virginia VFW Post Receives National Community Service Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud to announce SSG Jonathan Dozier Memorial Post 2894 in Chesapeake, Virginia, was selected to receive the prestigious VFW Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award, which recognizes VFW Posts for unique and outstanding community service projects.

VFW Post 2894 was selected for its home renovation project for Brandi Jones, a U.S. Navy veteran and single mother of two. After a traumatic home invasion forced her to move in 2011, Jones relocated only to discover her home would need more work than initially expected, but she didn't have the funds to address the growing list of concerns.

After a chance encounter during a VFW "Buddy"® Poppy drive, members of Post 2894 immediately set to work planning the renovation project. With support from several local businesses and associations, more than 150 volunteers rallied together to help ensure Jones and her sons had a safe place to call home. Valued at nearly $25,000, the renovation project included new exterior floodlights and an alarm system, a completely remodeled kitchen, new flooring, fresh ceiling paint, a new roof, new siding and gutters, and a backyard clean up with new fencing and landscaping.

"When I challenged VFW members to 'Dare to Care' this year, the incredible level of support and dedication VFW Post 2894 showed their sister-in-arms goes above and beyond anything I could have imagined," said VFW National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz. "Post 2894's efforts are a perfect example of the values and mission of our organization."

VFW Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Hal Roesch presented the 2020 VFW Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award to VFW Post 2894 Commander Chris Mulholland, alongside VFW Department of Virginia Commander Rick Raskin last week during the Department's convention.

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