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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 8, 2015) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is pleased to announce it will host a virtual career fair open exclusively to service members and veterans on October 21, 2015.
The career fair will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CDT and feature available opportunities within Black & Veatch, Cerner, Garmin and Overland Contracting Inc. (OCI), all companies with a demonstrated commitment to hiring America’s service members and veterans.
Participants are strongly encouraged to preregister for the event at: www.vfwvirtual.com<http://www.vfwvirtual.com>
“Helping service members and veterans succeed in their quest for quality employment is a VFW priority. This is a highly-employable demographic,” said John A. Biedrzycki Jr., the national commander of the VFW. “They possess ideal characteristics and traits that, in addition to their skillsets, make them valued employees, teammates and leaders. We appreciate being joined by quality businesses that understand that, and we look forward to this being a very successful event.”
The upcoming career fair will work to connect participants to a desired opportunity by offering various positions in a wide range of career fields.
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure(tm) in energy, water, telecommunications and government services. Since 1915, it has helped clients improve the lives of residents in more than 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Black & Veatch will seek candidates to fulfill roles in engineering, EHS (environmental, health & safety), procurement, material management, quality control, construction management and project controls. http://careers.bv.com
Cerner, recognized as one of the most innovative companies in the world, is at the intersection of two fast-growing industries: technology and health care., Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 18,000 facilities worldwide. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. It will seek talent with the ability to drive change through the use of information technology. http://www.cerner.com/about_cerner/careers
Garmin is a leading worldwide developer and provider of consumer electronics within automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor/fitness, and mobile technologies for Global Positioning System. Designing its products with the customer in mind, Garmin is committed to making superior products that are an essential part of its customers’ lives. It will seek to fill employment positions in the fields of operations, engineering, marketing and finance. www.garmin.com/careers<http://www.garmin.com/careers>
OCI is a full-service contractor, specializing in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. It believes in accountability and transparency throughout the project and work collaboratively to provide innovative solutions to difficult challenges. OCI always puts people first in a zero-incident safety culture. It works safely throughout the project, leaving behind an environment that allows end users to work safely. A Black & Veatch company, OCI delivers tailored solutions to the power, communications, and water industries through direct hire or subcontract options utilizing open or merit shop labor. It is a supporter of the Fast Track to Civilian Employment Program with Build Your Future, and will seek veterans and service members interested in skilled construction crafts, construction management, procurement, material management, quality control, EHS and project controls. www.ocicareers.com<http://www.ocicareers.com>
While preregistering for the event is preferred, participants may register at the time of and during the event.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) has appointed a 13-year Army and Desert Storm veteran as the first female Assistant Quartermaster General for the nation’s largest combat veteran service organization.
Debra Anderson was sworn in on August 23, 2015, before the VFW’s National Council of Administration. The announcement comes just days after a historical change to extend VFW Auxiliary membership eligibility to male spouses and male family members, solidifying the VFW’s commitment to membership equality for all military families.
“Since coming to the VFW in 2006, Debra has been dedicated to furthering the VFW’s mission at Post, District and National levels. I have no doubt that she will continue to ensure the VFW remains the top veterans’ service organization FOR VETERANS,” said John Biedrzycki, VFW national commander.
Prior to her appointment, Anderson served as director of Human Resources and Investment Coordinator where she managed all aspects of human resources for the VFW National Headquarters.
Anderson earned her VFW eligibility for service with the U.S. Army during Desert Storm and left the Army in 1993 as a Major. Among her numerous military decorations, she has been awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal and Parachutist Badge.
She graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Anderson joined the VFW in 2006 at Post 7356 in Parkville, Mo., where she currently maintains her Gold Legacy Life membership. She has served as Voice of Democracy chair, junior vice commander, senior vice commander, All-American Post Commander, trustee and district adjutant.
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The DOD has announced a new TRICARE policy that will require military retirees and family members to obtain certain prescription drugs through the mail or at a military treatment facility (MTF). The change affects only maintenance medications. Acute medications such as antibiotics may still be obtained through retail pharmacies. Active duty military are exempt. Similar to the TRICARE for Life pharmacy mail order pilot program, generic formulary drugs will be free with home delivery and name brand formulary drugs will cost $16 for a 90 day supply. This is compared to $8 for generics and $20 for name brands currently charged at network pharmacies for a 30 day supply. There is no charge for drugs obtained at MTFs. DOD estimates this new policy will save $88 million a year for them, and $16.5 million a year for beneficiaries. Receiving a single name brand drug through home delivery rather than a retail pharmacy will save beneficiaries up to $176 per year. Affected beneficiaries will begin receiving letters on September 1 with additional information on the new policy and how to obtain waivers if necessary. For more information on TRICARE pharmacy copays, visit: http://www.tricare.mil/
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Background: Last year, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act) to improve access to health care for veterans and reduce VA appointment wait times. Since its enactment, the VFW has worked to ensure this important law serves the best interest of veterans. In the past year, the VFW has commissioned several surveys; compiled three reports; worked directly with VA officials and health care contractors; and testified before Congress multiple times on the state of the VA health care system and the implementation of the Choice Act, resulting in significant changes in the program to better serve veterans.
Action Needed: Take the VFW’s latest Veterans Choice Program and Access Survey to help the VFW hold VA accountable for delivering veterans timely access to high quality care. To take the survey, click here:
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John A. Biedrzycki Jr., national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [last week] added his official signature to the new congressional charter of its Auxiliary organization in a historical event solidifying the VFW’s commitment to membership equality for all military families.
The former Ladies Auxiliary VFW, founded in 1914, is the VFW’s highly regarded support organization and is considered its “Partner in Service.”
Under its former name Ladies Auxiliary VFW, membership within the organization was offered exclusively to female spouses and family members of any member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The gender-specific eligibility requirement remained for more than 100 years until July 20, 2015, when delegates to the VFW’s 116th National Convention in Pittsburgh voted to amend the dated by-law to extend the same membership opportunity to eligible males.
Appropriately, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW has changed its official name to the VFW Auxiliary.
“It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Auxiliary,” said National President Francisca Guilford. “Women comprise nearly twenty percent of our nation’s military, and this change allows all spouses, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons and brothers to serve others in honor of their veteran.”
Currently, the Auxiliary has more than 465,000 members, a number that is now expected to sharply increase over the next year. Its members represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, several foreign locations including Germany, Guam and Panama, and have made an impact in local communities around the globe.
Last year alone, its members worked to provide $4.6 million dollars in monetary aid to veterans, active duty military and their families, and volunteered nearly 800,000 hours in VA Medical Centers, hospitals, nursing and veterans’ homes. Auxiliary members also contributed greatly to cancer research, youth activities, civic patriotism and much more.
For more information about the VFW Auxiliary, please visit www.vfwauxiliary.org.
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WASHINGTON (July 10, 2015) — There was nothing shocking about Thursday’s force reduction announcement by the Army. The Budget Control Act of 2011 had dictated the terms by which America’s largest military service would incrementally shrink from a wartime high of 570,000 active-duty soldiers to 450,000. Still to come, however, is the return of mandatory sequestration in fiscal year 2016, which would further shrink the active Army to 420,000 soldiers, as well as drastically slash the operating budgets of all four military services.
“Sequestration is the most significant military readiness and national security threat of the 21st century, and despite almost universal congressional opposition to it, no member of the House or Senate has yet introduced any legislation to end it,” said John W. Stroud, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. “Our military can beat any military in the world, but they can’t fight a Congress that is essentially forcing them to operate for a decade on only eight years’ worth of funding.”
Though the Army’s announced two-year plan to reduce its end strength by 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilians was preordained four years ago, Stroud said what’s important now is for the new Congress to act.
“We need both political parties to finally say ‘enough,’ not because a continued sequester will hurt civilian economies in certain congressional districts, but because a continued sequester weakens America, worries our allies and emboldens our enemies,” he said. “Our brave men and women in uniform will continue to perform and excel at every mission, but overtasking with inadequate resourcing will cost lives — American lives — which is an impending disaster the VFW will not allow. Sequestration must end!”
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United is saluting today’s [last week’s] decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin accepting disability claims from veterans potentially exposed to Agent Orange-contaminated aircraft in the post-Vietnam era. The decision by VA Secretary Bob McDonald could now benefit as many as 1,500 to 2,100 Air Force and Air Force Reserve personnel who might suffer from any of 14 presumptive medical conditions that have been determined to be related to Agent Orange exposure.
The VA secretary made the decision to expand benefits following a 2015 report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine on Post-Vietnam Dioxin Exposure in Agent Orange-Contaminated C-123 Aircraft. The report found evidence that those who served aboard or worked on the C-123 aircraft were exposed to the herbicide, both during and after Vietnam, when many of the aircraft remained in service for aeromedical transportation or in a mosquito abatement role back in the U.S.
“The VFW has been pushing for this decision for years,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, “because something inside these aircraft was making people sick years after the plane last flew a defoliating mission in Vietnam. We thank the Institute of Medicine for determining a contributing link between exposure and the 14 medical conditions, and Secretary McDonald for making a quick call to care for more veterans.”
All airmen who were assigned to flight, ground or medical crew duties at Lockbourne/Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Ohio (the 906th and 907th Tactical Air Groups or 355th and 356th Tactical Airlift Squadrons), at Massachusetts’s Westover AFB (the 731st Tactical Air Squadron and 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron), or with the 758th Airlift Squadron in Pittsburgh, during the period 1969 to 1986, and who may have developed an Agent Orange-related disability, are encouraged to file a disability compensation claim through the VA’s eBenefits web portal (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/), or to seek the free and expert assistance of a national VFW Service Officer at http://www.vfw.org/NVS/.
Read more about the today’s [last week’s] decision at http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/20825/va-expands-disability-benefits-for-air-force-personnel-exposed-to-contaminated-c-123-aircraft/.
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Congratulations to the following Post who have made All-State so far this Year. If your Post is not on the list you still have until June 30th to achieve All-State don’t stop working on membership.
VFW Post 9835 District 8 Warrenton, VA
VFW Post 5500 District 1 New Port News, VA
VFW Post 8252 District 1 Gloucester, VA
VFW Post 2719 District 9 Wytheville, VA
VFW Post 6002 District 1 Newport News, VA
VFW Post 637 District 3 Hopewell, VA
VFW Post 2582 District 2 Suffolk, VA
VFW Post 8469 District 10 Fairfax, VA
VFW Post 9954 District 4 Victoria, VA
VFW Post 7589 District 8 Manassas, VA
VFW Post 9696 District 9 Bluefield, VA
VFW Post 9760 District 7 Berryville,, VA
VFW Post 1503 District 10 Dale City, VA
VFW Post 392 District 2 Virginia Beach, VA
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VFW Files Suit Against VA
New claims procedure benefits the government, not veterans
WASHINGTON (May 7, 2015) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Disabled American Veterans filed a joint lawsuit yesterday to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to change a new claims submission procedure that was created solely to benefit the VA, not veterans.
The main issue is the elimination of an informal claims process and the institution of a rigid, veteran-unfriendly system for filing claims for benefits, among several other disagreements, explained William L. Bradshaw, VFW director of National Veterans Service, who oversees a nationwide cadre of more than 1,500 VA-accredited service officers who assist veterans with filing their VA claims.
Previously, any form of written communication would have served notice on the VA that within one year, that veteran would be filing a formal claim for disability compensation. If approved, the claim’s effective date could be backdated to the day of the initial notification. As of March 24, the VA now no longer accepts informal claims, and instead requires all veterans to use a standardized form, which essentially postpones the effective date and denies compensation to veterans.
“The VFW doesn’t oppose the use of standardized forms,” said Bradshaw. “Our opposition is to this all or nothing approach that VA is forcing on veterans — changes, that if left in place, will guarantee in this year alone that tens of thousands of service-connected wounded, ill and injured veterans will be denied benefits they were entitled to before the change became effective.”
The VFW, DAV, and other veterans’ service organizations fought against the change after VA first proposed it in October 2013.
“The VA is once again changing the rules to make the claims process easier for them, not for the veterans the VA was created to serve,” said Bradshaw, who added that the new change makes it even more difficult on veterans who don’t understand the process, and especially on those who do not avail themselves of the expert and free claims assistance provided by the VFW and other nationally-recognized and VA-accredited service officers.
“The VA’s move to a standardized form should not come at the cost of an informal claims notification procedure that works,” he said. “The VA can and should accept both.”
Read the lawsuit here.
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