Membership Summit Meeting.  Post 10804 will hold an important membership meeting on December 5th at 3 pm.  This meeting will map out a strategy to contact ALL continuous members and those who have failed to renew their memberships for 2017-2018.

All Post 10804 members are invited to attend.  

November Post Calendar

November is always a busy month at our Post. Belk Coupon sale campaign, Buddy Poppy Campaign, Veterans in Schools, Judging our Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, and Teacher of the Year entries to send to District 7, our Veterans Day visits to two elementary schools in Loris, the North Myrtle Beach Veterans Day ceremony on Nov 12th and our post celebration afterwards. And we will be serving a Thanksgiving Dinner.

September Post Newsletter

Our 118th Birthday information and bio of our Auxiliary President.

August 2017 Newsletter

Final issue regarding burial information. The bio of our Senior Vice Commander Walt Duncan is featured. We're waiting for the upgrade to our website so we can upload the August issue.

July Newsletter

Here are some items of interest for our members.

newsletter for June 2017

A New Year for our Post. New Post Commander and leadership team.

Volunteers needed

Looking for " A Few Good Men" or Women!!

VFW Membership campaign

From VFW National headquarters...the membership brochure.

A Scholarship that Could Change the World

Eight years in the military prepared 29-year-old Jimmy Salazar to be the best student he could be. Now with the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship,” Salazar, his wife Lauren, and their two children have a busy and happy life while he is enrolled as a full-time student.

Salazar was in middle school when the September 11 attacks took place. He knew at that moment he would pledge his service to defending our country when he was old enough.

He joined the Army in 2008, spending the first half of his time serving as Military Police and the second as a Counterintelligence Special Agent. Salazar deployed to Germany, Afghanistan, South Korea and Virginia.

Salazar saw challenging days during this time. From shivering in five feet of snow in Germany to getting shot at by insurgents in Afghanistan, he was forever changed by his experiences.

Armed with newfound perspective and dete...

Annual VFW Youth Scholarship Competitions Now Open

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries into its 2017-18 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes after students from across the globe recently took home their share of more than $3.3 million in scholarships and awards from last year’s competitions.

The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth. Students are required to submit an oral or written essay in response to a question or statement on a subject which prompts them to consider how American history and democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

One in five Americans experience some form of mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This includes the nation’s veterans.

To this end, the Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month.Mental Health Awareness

According to Dr. Wendy Tenhula, VA Deputy Chief Consultant for Specialty Mental Health, the theme of the month is Use Your Voice (#useyourvoice).

Tenhula said the goal is to encourage everyone to star...

VFW Posts Again Support 'Salute Our Troops'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and Tractor Supply Company (TSC) are teaming up for the fifth consecutive year to make this year’s Memorial Day weekend a community event across the nation!2017 Salute our Troops

On May 27, TSC, the largest farm and ranch store chain in the United States, is offering local VFW Posts the opportunity to distribute “Buddy”® Poppies and program information ranging from service officer claims assistance to scholarships and financial assistance grants. Many Posts will also have cookouts. 

Encourage your Post to join in and Yuengling's Lagers for Heroes Campaign to Support VFW

Pottsville, Pa. – D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. is pleased to announce it will enter its second year of support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. through its “Lagers For Heroes” campaign.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. will recognize the sacrifices that America’s veterans have made with a significant donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ assistance programs in the amount of $100,000. Yuengling, America’s Oldest Brewery began supporting the VFW through their “Lagers For Heroes” program in 2016. This year’s program runs May 29 to July 4, 2017 and promotes Yuengling Traditional Lager and Light Lager with the line “Grab A Lager & Toast A Hero.”Yuengling Lagers for HeroesFormer Marine Linguist Pursues Educational Goals

“As a Marine, I learned how to adapt to uncertainty and persevere in difficult circumstances. I conducted regional threat analysis and worked closely with diplomatic and military leaders across the world.”Former Marine Pursues Goals

Robert Dahlhausen, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, served five years as a Corporal in the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. After studying Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., Dahlhausen deployed as a Linguist. He worked in countries across the Mediterranean, including Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

“I worked with almost every unit we had, including our infantry, intel, combat jour...

VA, VFW and Walgreens Collaborate to Enhance Veterans Access to Mental Health Resources

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars and drugstore chain Walgreens announced a collaborative agreement May 6, which will help improve mental health care for veterans through enhanced education, access to resources and outreach.

Celebrating a collaborative agreement of their three organizations to help improve mental health care for veterans are, from left, VFW National Commander Brian Duffy, Walgreens Medical Director for Clinical Programs and Quality Dr. Chet Robson, and VA Executive Director for the Office of Suicide Prevention Dr. Caitlin Thompson.
VA VFW WalgreensVFW Names National Teacher Award Winners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its selection of three teachers in its 2017 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest. 

Each year, one teacher is selected from the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12) levels.  2017 VFW Teacher Award

Theresa Early, a fourth-grade special education teacher at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., was named the elementary school winner for her involvement in her school’s Military Kids Club, establishing a student color guard, and encouraging students to draft classroom rules during Constituti...

VFW Auxiliary Announces 2017 Continuing Education Scholarship Winners

Kansas City, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Auxiliary is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Continuing Education Scholarship contest. Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded, one in each of the four Auxiliary Conferences.VFW Auxiliary Scholarship Winners

Candy Applegate was named the winner of the Big 10 Conference. Applegate, a member of Auxiliary 5178 in Gravois Mills, Mo., is enrolled to study accounting and business management at Ozark Technical Community College. Applegate said the scholarship will help her be able to afford the cost of continuing her education while...

VFW Honors Pearl Harbor Survivor with Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. honored a Pearl Harbor survivor and author on May 2, 2017, at VFW National Headquarters.

Retired U.S. Navy officer Jim Downing, 103, was presented a certificate of recognition by VFW Quartermaster General Debra Anderson in appreciation for his 24 years of Navy service. Downing is a VFW Life member.Jim Downing

“I feel I don’t deserve it, but I will accept the honor on behalf of all veterans,” Downing said of the honor.

Downing is the second-oldest known Pearl Harbor survivor. He fought in and survived the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, while st...

VFW Members Mobilize to Give Back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliary will be out in force on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 2017, to show their support and appreciation for BURGER KING® franchisees as part of #ThankBK Appreciation Day.ThankBK Appreciation Day

Since 2007, BURGER KING® franchisees and their customers have contributed over $4.3 million to the VFW Unmet Needs program. This program provides grants of up to $5,000 to qualified applicants who’ve fallen on hard times as a result of deployment, injury, or other military-related activities. To date, BURGER KING®’s generosity has directly assisted more than 4,100 veterans and milita...

VFW Statement on Comedian Kathy Griffin

WASHINGTON — “The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. strongly condemns comedian Kathy Griffin's incredibly revolting attack on the President of the United States. Her apology is not accepted. What she did was not humorous nor should it be protected speech or expression. Playing to an audience with a severed head is what our enemies do. The USO should immediately end its relationship with her.” — VFW National Commander Brian Duffy...

VFW Applauds Unanimous Senate Passage of Forever GI Bill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Today, in a true display of patriotic bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass S. 1589, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, informally known as the Forever GI Bill.

“The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is extremely pleased with the swift passage of this bill. The GI Bill is one of our nation’s best tools for setting our veterans up for future success,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “This new legislation improves upon that tool. And its unanimous passage by the House and now the Senate, shows our nation’s commitment to those who served our country.”

The legislation, geared to address eligibility and coverage gaps in the current Post-9/11 GI Bill has been strongly supported by the VFW. Joining it in its advocacy efforts regarding the bill were several other veterans organizations to include Student Veterans of America, The American Leg...

Winners of Publications Contest Announced

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — VFW has announced the winners of the 2017 National Publications Contest. Two years ago, the publications contest underwent significant changes to encourage continued participation. The contest’s reorganization created two new categories: Magazine and Best Feature Article. This year’s competition retained those changes.

Two non-VFW-affiliated journalism professionals served as judges for the competition. This is designed to guarantee impartiality and objectivity in the judging. To reiterate, VFW staffers play no part in judging the entries.

The winning publications in each category are:


Grand Award:
Texas VFW News
Roy Grona, Editor

Silver Award:
The Leader Magazine 
Greg Stafford, Editor


Army Veteran Has the Grit to Pursue Her Goals

Samantha Bedore, 26, from Phoenix, Ariz., knew the opportunity to attend graduate school would help her pursue a better life for her and her family. But she worried that she’d be forced to take out huge student loans.

U.S. Army veteran Samantha Bedore.
Army Vet Scholarship

Fortunately, Bedore found the VFW's “Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship" online. The funds are helping her complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University.

President Approves New Memorial

WASHINGTON — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing the VFW-supported Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act into law late Friday. The signing now clears the way for the GWOT Memorial Foundation to work with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission to secure federal approval for acreage on the National Mall, as well as coordinate a national competition for the memorial’s design. It also exempts the GWOT Memorial from a provision in the Commemorative Works Act of 1986 that requires Congress to wait 10 years after the official end of a military conflict before considering a war memorial in the nation’s capital.GWOT MemorialVA Appeals Reform Now Law

WASHINGTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing into law today the VFW-supported Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.

“Today’s signing is the culmination of more than a year’s work by the VFW and other partner organizations with Congress and the VA to build consensus on how to better help veterans access their benefits,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “Under the old system, appeals could take up to five years or longer to adjudicate, and veterans had no way out. Maintaining the status quo was unacceptable, so the VFW and our partners acted with a unified voice,” he said.

“As a former veterans’ service officer myself, I know first-hand that many of the veterans the VFW helps every day to access their earned benefits will be better served under this new framework,” said Harman. “We look forward to working with the Department of Veterans Af...

VFW Offers Hurricane Harvey Support

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey continues in Texas and Louisiana, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. stands ready to help affected service members, veterans and their families.

While the full extent of Hurricane Harvey’s level of destruction is still being evaluated, the VFW knows from its past support of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina victims that the need for financial assistance will be great. The VFW is calling on you to help ensure America’s brave warriors and their families have the immediate help they need to start rebuilding their lives.

Join with the VFW and show your support by making a $10 donation to the VFW’s relief efforts by texting the keyword “NEEDS” to 80888, or mail in your donation of any amount to: VFW Quartermaster General,  406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. All funds raised will be distributed to veterans, military personnel and their families.

VFW Releases ‘Brutal Battles of Vietnam’ to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In conjunction with 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration efforts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is announcing the release of its latest publication, “Brutal Battles of Vietnam: America’s Deadliest Days, 1965 – 1972.”VFW Vietnam Book

The one-of-a-kind, 480-page book, is the most comprehensive battle history of the war yet published in a single volume. Its easy-to-read chapters convey the essence of combat through swift-moving vignettes and 700 rarely seen photos covering some 100 battles. Its stirring first-person accounts reve...

VFW Awards Nearly $500,000 in Veteran Scholarships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., America’s largest and oldest major combat veterans organization, is proud to announce 107 student veterans have been named recipients of a VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” for the 2017 fall semester.

During its eighth-straight award period, the scholarship program will distribute nearly half a million dollars in financial assistance in the upcoming fall semester to service members and veterans working toward their education goals in colleges or trade schools worldwide. 

To date, more than 800 service members and veterans have received post-secondary scholarships totaling more than $3 million. 

View the entire list of 2017 fall semester recipients

Burger King Franchisees Kick Off Fundraiser for Vets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce that participating BURGER KING® franchisees are set to kick off their summer fundraiser to benefit the VFW’s Unmet Needs program.

Members of VFW Post 56 in Leavenworth, Kan., visit their local Burger King to say 'thank you' for their support of the VFW Unmet Needs program.
BK July 2017

During the month of July, patrons are encouraged to VFW Continues Opposition to Individual Unemployability Cuts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Yesterday, during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. testified in strong opposition to a provision of President Trump’s budget proposal, which would cut up to $22,000 from the annual compensation of severely disabled veterans who receive Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Veterans who are on the IU program have service-connected disabilities that prevent them from working, rendering them unable to pay into Social Security. The provision would have moved veterans from IU to Social Security at age 62, resulting in a significant decrease in compensation. Other benefits, such as dental care and medical coverage for their dependents, would have also been impacted. Many veterans have recently contacted the VFW to voice their concerns over how the proposal would have impacted the property and automobile tax breaks granted to them by some ...

VFW Presents U.S. Coast Guard Band

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Band performs at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as part of its 2017 concert tour. Director, Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson and Assistant Director Richard Wyman lead an engaging program with works by Shostakovich, Maslanka, Brubeck, Oquin, Sousa, and others. Dazzling soloists include the Band’s native Texans and soprano Megan Weikleenget. This concert is presented with the generous support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.Kauffman Center

The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ense...

VA Accountability, Whistleblower Protection Act Becomes Law

WASHINGTON — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing into law today the VFW-championed Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.

VA Accountability Law

“Accountability must be a two-way street, and today’s signing now provides VA Secretary Dr. David S...

VFW Champions Added Benefits for Disabled Vet

Retired Master Sergeant Jim Carver, 53, of Powhatan, Va., describes the initial process of separating from the military as “hectic.”

A disabled veteran who served over 21 years on active duty, Carver “had the basics taken care of” with his initial VA claim. However, when he heard about the VFW’s National Veterans Service program, he reached out to his VFW Department Service Officer, Ms. Bobbiejo Lazo.VFW Service Officer Lazo

“Once I was on the phone with her, I knew I was talking to the right person,” Carver related. “She was extremely thorough in expl...

VFW Statement on Comedian Kathy Griffin

The USO has informed the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. that although comedian Kathy Griffin had performed several USO tours in the past, they have not had any relationship with her for a number of years. The VFW appreciates this information and apologizes for mentioning them in our May 31 press release.


Pedaling with a Purpose Across America

From the marshy coastal plains of the Deep South to the deserts and mountains of the Southwest, Tom Wiseman traveled across the southern U.S. on a fundraising mission for VFW Post 4419 in Clay, W. Va.

In June 2016, that part of the Mountain State was devastated by floods that left 24 people dead and hundreds of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed. The losses also included Post 4419's 15-passenger van that was used to take the county’s veterans to receive health care and for other Post activities.Pedaling Purpose

After learning about Post 4419’s problem, Wiseman, a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War, decided to take action by helping to raise funds for a ...

VFW Unmet Needs Program Tops $2 Million

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its Unmet Needs program set a new record by awarding more than $2 million in financial assistance grants to nearly 900 military and veteran families during its 2016-2017 program year. The new record shatters last year’s program record of $550,000 being distributed to 184 families.

“The VFW Unmet Needs program continues to touch many lives every day,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman, who explained that the program provides up to $5,000 to veterans, service members and their families during times of financial hardship. The one-time assistance is awarded in the form of a grant, not a loan, so there is no repayment requirement. Since its inception in 2004, the VFW Unmet Needs program has provided nearly $8 million in financial assistance to more than 4,850 military and veteran families. The program is supported entirely by generous donations from VFW members and supporters...

NRAEF, VFW Team Up for Second Hospitality Career Connection

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) are teaming up to help service members, veterans and their spouses explore career opportunities and apply for openings at some of the restaurant and hospitality industry’s top companies.

The Hospitality Career Connection virtual career fair takes place June 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, and includes businesses such as Applebee'sBJ’s RestaurantsEcolabSodexo and Happy Birthday, VFW!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This Friday marks 118 years since 13 Spanish-American War veterans gathered in a small tailor shop in Columbus, Ohio, to discuss how they could assist their fellow veterans and the dependents of their fallen comrades. Soon joined by American veterans from the Philippine Insurrection, their selfless desire to care for those who share a common bond forged by war laid the foundation for the multifaceted, powerhouse organization that is known worldwide as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Happy Birthday VFW

The men who founded the VFW challenged the status quo, and helped to forever change how our nation cares for her veterans, service members and their families. Virtua...

VFW, GAH Host Second Annual ‘A Day to Change Direction’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Leading the national effort to change the barrier surrounding mental health, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and Give an Hour (GAH) are pleased to host their second annual “A Day to Change Direction” on Oct. 28, 2017.

As our national day of service and action, October 28 will focus on educating the public on the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering and the Healthy Habits of Emotional Well-being.Five Signs VFWVFW National Commander Opposes Flag Disrespect

WASHINGTON – The national commander of America’s largest and oldest major combat veterans organization is raising his voice in opposition to those who disrespect the flag.

“There is a time and place for civil debate, and wearing team jerseys and using sporting events to disrespect our country doesn’t wash with millions of military veterans who have and continue to wear real uniforms on real battlefields around the globe,” said Keith Harman, a Vietnam combat veteran who leads the 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliary.

“My oath to protect the Constitution also protects my right to vehemently disagree with how others may choose to air their grievances,” said Harman, who said those who disrespect what most Americans hold dear have forgotten that America is still in a 16-year, multi-front war, against a shadow enemy whose end goal is the total destruction of us as a people and country.

The VFW national commander is saluting former Army Ranger and now Pittsburgh...

VFW Steps in After Vets Daughter Receives Cancer Diagnosis

The emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming in any circumstance. Sadly, so many parents grapple with the additional stress of coming up with the money to pay for chemotherapy.

Kenneth Vaughn, a former Army Specialist of Trenton, Ga., said he “felt he was drowning” when his ten-year-old daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. Already struggling to pay household bills, Vaughn, a disabled veteran rated at 80%, felt his life unraveling around him.

“It came down to choosing whether I would pay my daughter’s medical bills out-of-pocket, or pay my utility bills on time,” Vaughn related. 

“My daughter is more important. She’ll always be my main priority, no-contest.”

Previously very active in his local VFW Post, Vaughn knew about the resources the VFW has available to veterans in a tight spot.

He said, “Anytime I’ve needed them, the VFW h...

VFW's 'Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship' Recognized

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” has been named a Silver Award Winner of the Support Our Veterans Award by the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Franchise Education & Research Foundation.

Established by a generous donation from Roark Capital Group, Franchising Gives Back salutes the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide. 

The announcement was made during the IFA’s third annual Franchising Gives Back Awards dinner. The Franchise Education & Research Foundation also recognized five Gold Winners and 12 additional Silver Winners. 

“This prestigious recognition validates the dedication and support Sport Clips has continued to show to America’s veterans, service members and their families,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “Together, we’re helping ensure America’s heroes achieve their educational goals without being saddled w...

Announcing the First 50 Official 'WWI Centennial Memorials'

On September 27th, the United States World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library announced the first 50 official “WWI Centennial Memorials” from 100 Cites/100 Memorials program.

Although the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program submission period lasted a full year, from July 2016 to July 2017, since the April 6 centennial of the U.S. declaration of war and the subsequent national awakening about World War I, the interest and focus on local WWI memorials around the country has had a large resurgence.  

Rather than simply extending the submission period, the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program Executive Committee has resolved to select and to name the first 50 awardees now, and then to re-open a new submission period starting today, September 14, 2017, through January 15, 2018. In this way, we are opening the National Matching Grant challenge to the many additional WWI memorial projects manifesting around the co...

Press Conference Announcing the First 50 Awardees of the 100 Cities/100 Memorials Challenge

Tomorrow during a live press conference, the World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, in partnership with The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, will announce the first 50 awardees to be designated WWI Centennial Memorials as part of the matching grants program 100 Cities/100 Memorials. 

The 100 Cities/100 Memorials program was created to help communities restore World War I war memorials that have deteriorated due to exposure to the elements, neglect and even vandalism, and develop a program that enables all of America to take part in the Centennial Commemoration. Two-hundred thousand dollars in funds have been allocated by the World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library with additional support from The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, to restore these memorials back to their physical beauty and to help actively raise public awareness of those who served and of the effect this global conflict still h...

Accountability is a Two-Way Street

By Brian Duffy — This month marks the third anniversary of a nationwide crisis in access to care that branded the Department of Veterans Affairs as an inept and corrupt government bureaucracy that was failing in its primary mission to care for those who had borne the battle.

In the aftermath, Congress quickly crafted a new law to improve the Secretary of Veterans Affairs’ authority to remove senior VA executives for performance or misconduct. The new authority did not last long.

Soon after enactment, then-VA Secretary Bob McDonald demoted and fired several senior executives for failing to properly disclose and address egregious wait times, and for manipulating the agency’s hiring process to secure large bonuses. The law was later deemed unconstitutional — over alleged due process rights violations — and the disciplinary actions against the VA executives were reversed.

So the question today is whether the VA Accountability First Act is the right vehicle to finally enable VA leadership to fire inept, irresp...

VFW Applauds President’s Executive Order

WASHINGTON — President Trump today signed a new executive order that will help the Department of Veterans Affairs better hold its employees accountable for their actions or inactions.

“Proper leadership, management and accountability are only watchwords without the authority to enact change,” said Brian Duffy, the national commander of the 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary.

“Today’s action, bolstered hopefully soon by the passage of the VA Accountability First Act, will help ensure that only the very best employees are hired and retained by a department that was created for one purpose, and that’s to care for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured veterans.” 

Read more about the accountability and whistle blower protections, among other actions contained in the executive order,

WWI Centennial Commemoration Ceremony Recap

Washington D.C. – The premiere production with moving tributes, compelling imagery and performances brought crowds to tears and to their feet as the United States World War I Centennial Commission hosted “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I” yesterday at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

The commemoration events began with a moving prelude that included remarks by descendants of notable Generals John J. Pershing and George S. Patton. Highlights of the landmark day included a long-overdue Purple Heart Reuniting Ceremony with World War I Military Order of the Purple Heart medal recipient Cpl Leo George Rauf’s great nephew Michael Staton and marked his family’s four generations of military service. Native American Muscogee Creek spiritual leader Wotko Long offered a special blessing ceremony in recognition of the day, a reminder of the invaluable service and patrio...

Creating a Powerful Elevator Pitch

It happens daily: You meet someone standing in line for coffee, at a job fair, or at a networking event, and they turn to you and ask, “So, what do you do?” How do you respond?

An elevator pitch is what we call that brief response that introduces you to a stranger. It might actually happen in an elevator! The goal of the elevator pitch is to be succinct and interesting enough that the other person will want to continue talking to you, and a possible professional relationship can develop.

Creating Your Elevator Pitch

For veterans, the elevator pitch might feel awkward and unnatural. It can feel like bragging to sell yourself in this way. These feelings are completely real – you likely didn’t have to “pitch” yourself when you were in uniform. Now, in your civilian role, you should help others see your value when you don’t have a uniform to reflect your history and career. This is a natural state of discomfort.

For civilians, the elevator pitch is more natural. We are accus...

VFW Applauds Choice Program Extension

WASHINGTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is applauding Congress for passing legislation this week that extends and improves the Veterans Choice Program. The bill now heads to the White House for the president’s signature.

The Choice Program was created by the VFW-supported Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, in response to the nationwide access to care crisis that embroiled the Department of Veterans Affairs. It provided the VA an additional $10 billion in emergency funding to expand veterans’ access to care in the community. The legislation came with a three-year sunset clause, however, which meant the VA had to either use or lose the funds by this August. 

With about $1 billion estimated to remain unobligated, the VFW is pleased the money will continue to help wounded, ill and injured veterans receive the quality care they earned and deserve. The legislation passed this we...

VFW Help A Hero Scholarship Recipient Pursues Doctorate

“When I joined the military, I found strong role models who helped me figure out the direction I wanted my life to take. I depended on them, and they knew they could depend on me.”

Zach Dochnahl, 29, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, was recently awarded a VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship.”

Pictured above: Zach Dochnahl with his wife, Melissa and their 8-month-old son, Jack.
Scholarship Recipient Pursues Doctorate

VFW Offers Emergency Assistance Grants to Westech Student Veterans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is offering up to $5,000 in emergency assistance grants to each of the nearly three dozen student veterans who once attended Westech College, a now defunct for-profit vocational school in southern California. VFW Offers Emergency Assistance Westech
“The affected student veterans were receiving a monthly stipend to go to school, but with Westech’s sudden closure, they are now left without a school and without an income, yet the bills keep coming,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy. “These student veterans are in a financial crisis through no fault of their own, which is exactly wh...

VFW Offers SVA Chapters Grants to Change Dialogue on Mental Health

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce the VFW-SVA Mental Health Stand-To grant in support of its commitment to the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and to changing the dialogue surrounding mental health.

 The VFW will support events planned and executed by SVA Chapters in support of mental health awareness with a $500 VFW-SVA Mental Health Stand-To grant. Chapters are encouraged to be creative in hosting events focused on educating their members and their communities about the important topic of mental health and wellness, offer proven tools to intervene on behalf of veterans in crisis, and to participate in or host a community service event. Events may include hosting a run/walk, march or other sporting event, a community clean-up, or cookout, culminating with a gathering to initiate dialogue about mental health concerns....

VFW Strongly Opposes New Tax on Troops

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is strongly opposed to a congressional proposal to reinstate GI Bill enrollment fees on service members.

Prior to 2009, troops had the option of paying into the Montgomery GI Bill, an educational benefit created during peacetime that came with a $1,200 non-reimbursable enrollment fee. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continued, Congress worked with the VFW and others to create what is now known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This benefit, like other military and veteran benefits such as health care, is earned through honorable service – not through out-of-pocket fees. But now, while American forces are still actively fighting in the war on terrorism, Congress wants to claw back this critical educational benefit and charge veterans twice as much to access their GI Bill benefits. 

“We are still a nation at war. We have troops actively engaged in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and no...

Air Force Veteran Forges His Own Path

“I joined the Air Force right out of high school for financial independence, and so I could get a college education. I received extensive training with the Air Force as a vehicle mechanic, and that allowed me to secure employment as an instructor after being discharged in 2015.”

Eric Rubio, 32, of Barstow, Calif., served 12 years in the United States Air Force as a special purpose mechanic. Serving with both the Air Force and the Army, he received an Army Commendation for his support of Operation New Dawn in 2010 and 2011.AF Vet Path

Wanting to continue his education in a new field, he enrolled at ITT Technical Institute to pursue his Associate’s degree in System Administration. 

#MoreThan PTSD: Darryl Shares Why His Condition Doesn’t Define Him

PatientsLikeMe, a member of the VFW’s Mental Wellness Campaign, recently kicked off a new video series that asked patients, “What are all the roles you play in life beyond ‘patient’?” One of the many stories we heard was from Darryl, a member of the PatientsLikeMe veteran community. Darryl is a veterans’ advocate, a State Officer in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is living with PTSD.  

He's also a father and a grandfather, and he owns an embroidery business, "It helps me calm down by focusing on outward things, and not inward things."

Darryl shared his story with us, and how he came to recognize that he was more than PTSD. 

Watch Darryl’s video below. 



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VFW Posts Restore WWI Memorials

VFW Post 968 in Raymond, Wash., is one of 22 Posts nationwide that could receive up to $2,000 in matching grant funds to help restore World War I memorials.

Post 968 Adjutant Gordon Aleshire said the Post decided to restore the monument, in part, because of the 100 Cities/100 Memorials program.VFW Restores WWI Memorials

“This community embraces the honoring of their servicemen and women so it’s important to get [the monument] back in a respectable condition,” said Aleshire, who served in Vietnam in 1970 with the 132nd Assault Support Helicopter Company as a flight engineer on Chinooks.

The program, created by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and Pritzker M...

VFW Receives WWP Grant to Aid More Transitioning Vets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has been awarded a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) financial grant in the amount of $443,145 to expand its reach to service members at the time of transition. The grant will be applied to the VFW’s Pre-Discharge claims program, which offers free assistance on military installations across the country to transitioning service members and veterans in filing VA claims, and understanding the benefits available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“One of the VFW’s top priorities is ensuring our returning military service personnel receive the benefits they’ve earned,” said VFW National Commander Keith E. Harman, a retired county veterans’ service officer. “We’re thankful for the continued support shown by Wounded Warrior Project. With 24 Pre-Discharge claims offices across the country, this grant helps ensure the VFW is able to continue to provide the guidance and assistance ou...

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November is always a busy month at our Post. Belk Coupon sale campaign, Buddy Poppy Campaign, Veterans in Schools, Judging our Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, and Teacher of the Year entries to send to District 7, our Veterans Day visits to two elementary schools in Loris, the North Myrtle Beach Veterans Day ceremony on Nov 12th and our post celebration afterwards. And we will be serving a Thanksgiving Dinner.

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A Scholarship that Could Change the World

Eight years in the military prepared 29-year-old Jimmy Salazar to be the best student he could be. Now with the VFW’s “Sp...

Annual VFW Youth Scholarship Competitions Now Open

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