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.
Terry Snelling, age 34, of Gravette, Ark., was awarded a VFW Unmet Needs grant for his mortgage payment after a devastating medical condition threatened his ability to work.
Snelling served for 16 years in the Marines as an aircraft mechanic, deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. After retiring early and returning home to wife, Jennie and their three children, Cody, Dustin and Alexa, the unthinkable happened.
Snelling suffered a stroke last November, and as a result lost the use of his left arm and leg. Though currently in rehab, he is still struggling with regaining fine motor skills.
The retirement money Snelling had from the Marine Corps wasn’t enough, and he and his family began to worry about the future. “I had been looking for work but have been having a hard time finding anything, since I couldn’t draw on my experience as an aircraft mechanic without full use of my left hand,” he said.
Snelling is currently in school for mechanical engineering through the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program, which is a career he could continue to pursue even if he doesn’t regain full use of both hands.
After hearing about the Unmet Needs program from a friend and her husband, both former service members, Snelling decided to apply. He then received a grant to help with groceries and his mortgage payment.
“This was one of the single nicest things I’ve ever received,” he expressed. “The money allowed me not to stress about the house, and focus on rehab and school.”
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With its 2017 Legislative Conference only weeks away, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has designed a new mobile event app to give attendees the tools needed to make the most of their visit to the nation’s capital. As the official guide to the 2017 VFW Legislative Conference, the VFW DC 2017 mobile app is available for download now at both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
The new app ensures attendees will receive important notifications and reminders throughout the conference, have instant access to the daily agenda, the opportunity to connect with other attendees and more. The app also offers a complete legislative directory to make locating and communicating with legislative representatives easy.
If you are attending the conference, help promote the VFW’s FIGHT FOR VETERANS by posting to social media all visits with your members of Congress. Simply snap a photo of your meeting and post it to Twitter and/or Facebook using #VFWDC2017. Remember to show your appreciation to your elected officials by tagging them in your post. Each representative or senator’s handle can be accessed in the app’s legislative directory.
If you are not able to attend the VFW Legislative Conference, you can still join in by tweeting your elected officials to let them know about the VFW’s 2017 Priority Goals.... read more Published: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:59:54 Z
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Next weekend, more than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., the nation’s largest and oldest war veterans’ organization begin rallying in Washington, D.C., to voice the concerns of veterans directly with the nation’s lawmakers during the 2017 VFW Legislative Conference, Feb. 26 – March 2.
The annual conference strengthens the VFW’s advocacy efforts on behalf of America’s veterans, service members and their families, as VFW members meet with elected representatives in the House and Senate to discuss the VFW’s stance on a number of high priority veterans’ issues.
The 2017 VFW Legislative Conference culminates on March 1, as VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testifies before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, where he will lay out the VFW’s top legislative priorities for the year. Other highlights will include the presentation of the VFW Congressional Award to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Voice of Democracy Parade of Winners, and the announcement of the national Voice of Democracy first-place $30,000 scholarship winner.
The VFW will again livestream from this year’s conference. Visit www.vfw.org/VFWDC2017 on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. EST to watch as the legislative conference kicks off with the Voice of Democracy Parade of Winners, followed by the delayed streaming of the VFW national commander’s testimony available on March 1 at 5 p.m.... read more Published: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:59:54 Z
WASHINGTON — More than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. are arriving in the nation’s capital this weekend to urge their members of Congress to continue transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs so that it can more efficiently and effectively serve America’s veterans.
“The VFW is fully committed to working with Congress and the VA to change the way the department delivers health care, to include finding the best way to leverage what the VA provides with what public or private practitioners out in the community can offer, with the end goal being the delivery of the highest quality integrated care so that no veterans are ever stranded in line again,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy.
The VFW national commander is scheduled to present his organization’s legislative positions at 2 p.m., Wednesday, in testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees in room G-50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Along with fixing the VA, Duffy will also demand that this Congress—the 115th Congress—finally eliminate sequestration.
“When the 112th Congress created sequestration in 2011, Russia was not in the Ukraine, China was not building islands out of rocks, Iran and North Korea were not as emboldened as they are today, and the Islamic State did not exist,” he explained. “Yet here we are six years later, American forces are still in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and now in Syria, and our brave men and women in uniform must still operate under a budget ax called sequestration that is the law of the land. Once again, the VFW demands that this Congress eliminate sequestration!”
Before testifying Wednesday, Duffy will have discussed VFW issues and priorities with new VA Secretary (Dr.) David Shulkin, and presented the VFW’s 2017 Congressional Award to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who was selected for her unwavering support of veterans, service members and their families, as well as to strengthening America through strong national security programs.
Other legislative conference highlights include:
• Hosting a Wounded Warrior Dinner tonight for wounded troops and their families from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at nearby Bethesda, Md.
• Awarding a $30,000 scholarship Monday evening to the winner of the annual VFW Voice of Democracy program, a patriotic-themed contest that this year judged more than 38,000 high school student entries. The winner will be joined onstage by Lindi Compton, a Greensburg, Ky., eighth grader who bested more than 130,000 other middle school students to win a $5,000 scholarship in the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen contest. The award location will be inside the Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Va. Learn more about VFW youth scholarship competitions here.
• The third annual VFW-Student Veterans of America Legislative Fellowship Program. The 10 selected Fellows will be paired with a VFW mentor and accompany their respective VFW state delegations around Capitol Hill for in-person meetings with their members of Congress and their staffs. The student veterans will also receive briefings from the VA Department of Labor on ongoing policy initiatives, as well as briefings on ways to work constructively with the media when advocating for veterans’ policy initiatives. The 10 selected Fellows for the Class of 2017 are: Matthew Carbonelli, Army veteran, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Samuel Casey, Army veteran, Coastal Carolina University; Jayson Hoffman, Army veteran, University of Illinois-Springfield; Juwell McClendon, Navy veteran, Radford University; Ryan McKibben, Army veteran, Florida State University; Lisa Payan, Army veteran, Marylhurst University; Krista Schultz, Army veteran, Eastern Washington University; Wesley Stiner, Marine Corps veteran, University of Arizona; Ryan Taylor, Marine Corps veteran, Florida State University; and Karthik Venkatraj, Army veteran, University of Colorado. Learn more about the VFW’s support of student veterans here.
The VFW will again livestream from this year’s conference. Visit www.vfw.org/VFWDC2017 on Monday at 6 p.m. EST to watch as the legislative conference kicks off with the Voice of Democracy Parade of Winners, followed by the delayed streaming of the VFW national commander’s testimony available at 5 p.m., Wednesday. Look for #VFWDC2017 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to visit www.vfw.org for all the latest legislative conference updates beginning Sunday.