Orange County VFW Post 2093

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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

VFW Recouped More Than $9.7B in Benefits for Veterans Nationwide

WASHINGTON - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) accredited service officers recovered more than $9.7 billion in Veterans Affairs disability compensation benefits for nearly 550,000 veterans this fiscal year exceeding last year's recovery of $9 billion.

VFW Service Officers were responsible for the recovery of a total of $9,712,328,079 for veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Our VFW Service Officers remain the backbone of our organization dedicating their time and effort to helping America's veterans," said VFW National Commander Harold "Hal" Roesch II. "These selfless and hardworking men and women believe that every veteran deserves top-notch customer service and attention-to-detail and prove it daily with their impeccable record of recouping the benefits our veterans have earned."

Last year, VFW Service Officers were responsible for the recovery of a total of $9,059,726,902 for veterans, according to VA.

Despite COVID-19 closures across the nation, VFW Service Officers diligently worked to assist veterans remotely, further demonstrating the VFW's commitment to transitioning service members, veterans and families.

"Our outstanding professionals adapted remarkably in the face of an unprecedented health crisis to provide our veteran clients with the one-on-one service they need to navigate the challenging VA claims process," said Ryan Gallucci, director of VFW National Veterans Service. "These dedicated men and women do this with little fanfare or thanks because they truly believe in service before self."

VFW Service Officers are highly-trained experts, recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of helping veterans prepare, present and prosecute their benefit claims before the agency. VFW Service Officers provide a "lifetime of advocacy" for their clients by reviewing and applying current laws and regulations to each veterans' individual benefit claim, ensuring veterans and their eligible dependents receive all the benefits to which they are entitled. This professional service is provided free-of-charge to any transitioning service member of veterans who has served honorably in the U.S military.

Roesch encourages veterans and transitioning service members to make the VFW their first call when navigating the complex VA benefits process.

"No veteran or transitioning service member pays a thing when they visit our team of professionals," said Roesch. "And no veteran or transitioning service member should have to pay for benefits they have earned - many at the hands of injury or illness. Our accredited service officers are the best-trained experts in the business and always place the needs of their clients at the forefront."

Of the VFW's nearly 550,000 veteran benefit clients, a little more than 110,000 filed a claim action with one of our service officers in fiscal year 2020, resulting in VA awarding more than $1.4 billion in new benefits.

If you are a veteran who seeks help in filing a claim, visit the VFW website and click on the Assistance tab. The VA Claims and Separation Benefits section will help you find a service officer in your area.

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Pandemic Won't Stop BK® Support of Veteran Families

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is pleased to announce participating BURGER KING® franchise restaurants will again raise funds throughout the month of November in support of the VFW's Unmet Needs program. The annual campaign is in its 14th year, and BURGER KING® customers are encouraged to donate $1 or more to the program with their purchase.

Soldier hugs his wife Burger King raises money for VFW

"The pandemic's negative impact has been felt far and wide, and our service members, veterans and their families are struggling now more than ever," said VFW National Commander Hal Roesch II. "The continued support from BURGER KING® franchisees and patrons helps to ensure that we're able to provide America's heroes and their families with the support they need to get through these unprecedented times."

The VFW Unmet Needs program provides grants of up to $1,500 to service members and military families who experience times of financial hardship due to military service. The grants help with basic life necessities like rent, mortgage and utility payments, vehicle repair, medical expenses and food. Since its inception in 2004, Unmet Needs has awarded nearly $12 million in assistance to more than 10,600 service members, veterans and their families.

Since 2007, BURGER KING® franchisees have raised more than $6 million in support of the program. Despite the unique challenges the current pandemic is causing, nearly 300 BURGER KING® franchisee locations are participating in this year's campaign. Find a participating BURGER KING® restaurant near you.

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Calling All Middle and High School Students

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For students looking for scholarships to help lessen the financial burden college brings, it's not too late to participate in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay competitions.

Open to eligible high school students, the Voice of Democracy program is one of the top patriotic audio essay competitions in the nation, with more than $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives up for grabs, and a first place prize of $30,000. More than 64,400 students participate in the competition each year. This year's theme challenges students to answer the question, "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?"

Open to eligible sixth through eighth grade students, more than 165,400 students compete in the Patriot's Pen essay competition each year to win their slice of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. The top individual VFW Department (state) winners are vying for the first place prize of $5,000. This year's Patriot's Pen theme asks "What is Patriotism to Me?"

Check with your local Post for submission deadlines. For more information on the VFW's youth essay competitions and how to enter, visit vfw.org/YouthScholarships.

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Veterans Need Support Especially in a Pandemic

GEORGETOWN, Texas - Even in a pandemic, veterans are returning from active military duty to prepare for civilian careers that require them to return to school for additional education and training...often beyond what is covered financially by the GI Bill. To make educational expenses less of a burden on service members, anyone can "Help A Hero" by getting a haircut at participating Sport Clips Haircuts now through December 5.

New for this seventh year of the Help A Hero scholarship program is a "text to donate" option. By texting "HERO" to 71777, donors can donate directly to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation that administers the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program. Also new, the Sport Clips Clean Certified promise that stores will offer updated, next-level cleanliness and safety precautions for clients who come in for a haircut and donate via the store's kiosk.

More than 1,750 military and student veterans have benefitted from Help A Hero Scholarships through the nearly $8 million donated to date by Sport Clips Haircuts and its generous clients and product partners. These scholarships provide up to $5,000 of assistance per semester per family to help cover the cost of tuition and fees for service members and veterans in the rank of E-5 and below.

"Supporting our nation's military remains a priority for our veteran-founded business," says Edward Logan, president and CEO of Sport Clips. "Even though all of our stores were temporarily closed to meet state and local COVID-19 mandates, almost all Sport Clips locations are open again, stylists are working hard to make clients comfortable and excited to return to their normal haircut routine, and we are honored to once again support the Help A Hero program for those who have given so much for us.We're grateful to our franchisees, team members, and clients who faithfully support these important scholarships."

"Since the start of the pandemic, the VFW and its allies have worked tirelessly to guarantee our support programs remained operational," said Hal Roesch II, VFW national commander. "The pandemic's impact has been far reaching, especially for our military and veteran families, and this campaign helps to ensure we can continue to provide as many student veterans with scholarships as possible."

Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts on Veterans Day November 11 to service members and veterans with valid military identification, but it is important to check here for participating stores and store hours. Also on Veterans Day, the company donates an additional dollar for every haircare service to the scholarship program, which added $100,000 to the total raised last year. Help A Hero scholarships are awarded twice a year to help cover the cost of tuition and fees. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted through November 15 for the 2021 spring semester.Apply for a Help A Hero scholarship here today.

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About Sport Clips Haircuts

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, offers online check in for clients, and is ranked by Forbes as "Best Franchise to Buy" in the medium investment category and named a 2020 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review. There are more than 1,800 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the "Official Haircutter" of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a 2019 Top Franchise for Veterans by Entrepreneur. Sport Clips provides "Haircuts with Heart" through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has contributed nearly $8 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR drivers Erik Jones, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin; Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Indy Car driver Santino Ferrucci; and partners with NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.

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