Jul 29 2012

Vietnam Veteran Elected to Lead Nation’s Largest Organization of Combat Veterans

Reno, Nevada, July 25, 2012America’s largest organization of combat veterans has elected a Vietnam War veteran to head the 1.5 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

John E. Hamilton, a resident of St. Augustine, Fla., was elected VFW Commander-in-Chief on July 25, 2012, during the 113th VFW National Convention, held July 21 – July 25, in Reno, Nev.

In his acceptance speech, Hamilton, who served in the Marine Corps from 1968-1970, reminded the mostly Vietnam-era audience that VFW must remain vigilant in its efforts to care for war veterans, especially in these tough economic times as our country’s wars wind down.

“What we have accomplished over the past 113 years on Capitol Hill and in cities and towns everywhere is legendary, but our future existence is 100 percent dependent on what we do tomorrow … the reason our voice needs to be heard is because all wars end … Iraq last year and Afghanistan by 2014.  That means veterans’ issues could once again take a back seat to whatever new national priority becomes the flavor of the day,” stated Hamilton.

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Jul 24 2012

President Announces New Job Initiatives for Vets

President Barack Obama addressed about 3,500 attendees at today’s Joint Opening Session in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. He discussed various issues of importance to veterans, including: new employment and transition assistance for returning vets, VA health care, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Afghanistan War and creation of a medals database.

Obama announced that earlier in the morning he had signed into law the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act (H.R. 4155), sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.). The law will make it easier for veterans to find jobs using skills acquired in the military by streamlining the certification process. “Veterans need to be licensed and credentialed when they get home,” he said.  Obama also told attendees that he hopes that Congress will pass the Veterans Job Corps Act (H.R. 5683), which would offer unemployed veterans or their widows or widowers jobs in forestry, for example, on public lands.

In order to prepare veterans for civilian life, Obama introduced a major interagency overhaul of the military’s transition assistance program called Transition GPS. “We’re going to set up a reverse boot camp” to enhance “career readiness,” he said. It would extend sessions up to seven days, to include financial planning, an employment workshop and a planning session in which troops can explore career options and talk to experts. The redesigned program should be complete by the end of 2013.

Obama covered several matters regarding VA health care, including the idea of vouchers. “Some have argued for [vouchers], but I could not disagree more,” Obama said to applause. “You don’t need vouchers, you need the VA care you have earned.” He vowed to continue to make veterans health care a priority.

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Jul 13 2012

Governor Romney to Address VFW National Convention

The presumptive Republican candidate for this fall’s presidential election has accepted an invitation to speak before the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., which begins July 21 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. The event is closed to the public.

“We are most appreciative to Governor Mitt Romney for again taking time to address America’s oldest and largest major combat veterans’ organization,” said VFW National Commander Richard L. DeNoyer, a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Middleton, Mass. The governor spoke at the VFW’s 112th National Convention in San Antonio last August.

Governor Romney is scheduled to speak on July 24, one day after President Obama, which continues a long standing VFW tradition to provide a platform for those seeking the nation’s highest office to address issues of importance directly to veterans, military service members and their families. DeNoyer said this is especially important during a time of war and instability abroad, and economic belt tightening at home.

“We hope to hear how both candidates will take the fight to our enemies and keep America safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs,” he said. “We also want to know how they will create, enhance and protect veteran and military healthcare programs and Quality of Life initiatives, to include educational benefits and military retirement programs, as well as how they will improve veterans’ job training and employment opportunities, and eliminate veterans’ homelessness. We would also greatly appreciate hearing their commitment to returning our fallen from their battlefields.”

Up to 12,000 VFW and Ladies Auxiliary delegates are expected to represent the organization’s total membership of 2 million at the weeklong convention. Their mission is to approve new national priorities to guide the VFW as it lobbies Congress on issues important to the nation’s veterans, service members and their families. Convention delegates will also elect a new VFW national commander and recognize prominent individuals and organizations for their support of veterans, the military and the nation.

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Jun 27 2012


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Jun 27 2012

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Jun 19 2012

All American VFW Post

The National VFW has awarded All American status to the following Posts as of 6/15/2012:
392 – Virginia Beach
1503 – Dale City
3150 – Arlington
3160 – Ocean View
8241- McLean
9808 – Mechanicsville
Congratulations to all of the Comrades of these Posts for their hard work in supporting VFW programs and Membership.

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Jun 05 2012

VFW: MIA Searches in Vietnam ‘Great News’

(via AP) Joe Davis, the Director of Public Affairs for the VFW, said Monday that the three new sites being opened in Vietnam to search for MIA remains is great news for the families of missing soldiers waiting for closure three decades later. (video)

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Jun 02 2012

New Initiative a Positive Step for Transitioning Military

The nation’s oldest and largest major combat veterans’ organization is calling President Obama’s new “We Can’t Wait” initiative an extremely positive step that will help thousands of service members with manufacturing and other high-demand skills receive civilian credentials and licenses.

Today’s announcement tasks the Defense Department’s new Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force to focus on industries and career fields that have an identified need for more skilled workers, such as in manufacturing, emergency response, healthcare, information technology, transportation and logistics. Within a year, the Task Force will identify military specialties that can readily transfer to these high-demand jobs; work with civilian credentialing and licensing associations to address gaps between military training programs and civilian credentialing and licensing requirements; and provide service members with greater access to necessary certification and licensing exams.

“This will be extremely beneficial for transitioning service members and hopefully their spouses, too,” said Richard L. DeNoyer, a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran, who leads the 2 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliaries.

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May 29 2012

New Veterans ID Card to be launched May 30 in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) have joined as partners to offer a veterans ID card to U.S. military veterans throughout the state.  While retired military and veterans with a disability rating from Veterans Affairs are issued ID cards, other veterans had no way to show veteran status other than with a DD-214, an official discharge document and not something most veterans carry with them.  The Virginia Veterans ID card will allow vets to receive discounts from Virginia restaurants and retailers that offer discounts and other special promotions to veterans and military.  The new veterans ID card will enable veterans to easily show veteran status and also will enable retailers, restaurants, and other organizations to easily verify the individual’s status as a veteran.  
Veterans may begin applying for the card on May 30 through these DMV service outlets:
DMV customer service centers
DMV 2 Go mobile offices
www.dmvNOW.com  http://www.dmvnow.com  
By U.S. mail:  P.O. Box 27412, Richmond, VA 23269-0001, Fax: (804) 367-1112
Applicants must have a valid Virginia drivers license or identification card.  They will also need a copy of the veteran’s DD-214 indicating any discharge status other than dishonorable. There is a $10 one-time cost for the card. Virginia Veterans ID cards never expire. Applicants will receive their new Virginia Veterans ID card in the mail within a week.  Additional information will be available on both the DVS and DMV websites after May 30. 

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May 23 2012

2011-2012 ALL STATE POST


General Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller Post 1503                     Dale City

Battlefield Post 9808                                                              Mechanicsville

McLean Post 8241                                                                   McLean

John Lyon Post 3150                                                               Arlington

Franklin Post 4411                                                                    Franklin

Thomas Hardy Graham Post 7059                                       Farmville

Curtis A. Smith, 116th Infantry Post 1033                             Covington

Grayson Post 7726                                                                       Independence

Poff-Cunningham Post 6000                                                  Narrows

General Douglas MacArthur Memorial Post 392                Virginia Beach

Albert Lee Mills Post 10387                                                       Petersburg

Lunenburg County Post 9954                                                     Victoria

Douglas W. Hogge/Alenn M. Tate Memorial Post 824     Grafton

Francis Cannon Post 7589                                                         Manassas

Verona Post 10826                                                                        Verona

Myers-Hodges Post 8644                                                            Bridgewater

William T. Allen Memorial Post 5500                                   Hampton

Nottoway County Post 5313                                                        Nottoway

Hawkins-Reeve Post 7916                                                           Woodbridge

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