Aug 21 2008

Convention 08: President Bush Addresses VFW

President George W. Bush addressed the Global War on Terror at the VFW National Convention on Wednesday. Click below to view the full speech.

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Aug 20 2008

Convention 08: Banquet

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18, 2008–At Monday night”s banquet, actress Ann-Margret as well as Mickey Rooney, received VFW’s Hall of Fame Award.

Ann-Margret, who participated in Bob Hope”s USO tours in Vietnam in 1966 and 1968, said, “You represent the soul of this nation. We are eternally grateful. I give you my deepest respect and admiration.” She spoke emotionally about meeting Vietnam veterans so many years ago. “They were just boys doing a man’s job,” she said. The famed actress spoke proudly of her daughter, who is a psychologist at a VA hospital in Wisconsin where she treats veterans with PTSD. Ann-Margret received a hearty applause.

Actor Mickey Rooney, co-recipient of the Hall of Fame Award, made it clear that he was a soldier in the Army and not part of the USO. He recounted his time in WWII in Europe at length. Part of what was called three-man “Jeep tours,” he often entertained at the front lines. For a while he was attached to units such as the 82nd Airborne Division. Rooney, a VFW member-at-large in California, told a heartwarming story about an amputee he met overseas and how he affected his later life. Gen. George Patton recommended Rooney for the Bronze Star, the actor said. “Celebrity! Forget that. I am a soldier who loves his country,” he said. In referring to the presidential election, Rooney concluded: “Vote for the best interests of our country.”

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Photos courtesy Shannan Brown, New Hampshire VFW Post 7217

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Aug 19 2008

Convention 08: Memorial Service

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 17, 2008–Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Daniel Ivan Schultz, keynote speaker at today??”s memorial service, touched on the common thread that binds all veterans together??”wearing a military uniform and patriotism. Schultz, commander of the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), based in Orlando, Fla., said it is our duty to remember the fallen in war. He emphasized that it is their “unspoken expectation” that we will do so. “The fallen are here in spirit with us today,” said the VFW member, who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

To illustrate his point about the heroism inherent in service, the general cited several examples of Americans making the supreme sacrifice in military actions such as Somalia and Iraq. For instance, he mentioned Army Delta Force operators Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart, who were awarded Medals of Honor posthumously for Somalia, October 1993. He also honored Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith from Tampa, Fla., who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in Iraq in April 2003. Lastly, he told the story of Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Todd Cornell, who extended his tour in Fallujah, Iraq, to be with the men he trained and was killed on Nov. 9, 2004.

“We do not forget those who gave their lives for our country,” said Schultz, who also served a tour in Hungary supporting operations in the Balkans in 1997. “We must exercise the freedoms given to us by those who gave their lives.”

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Aug 19 2008

Convention 08: Tropical Storm Fay

Shannan Brown of VFW Post 7217 New Hampshire reports on Tropical Storm Fay from the VFW National Convention.

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Aug 19 2008

VA News – Week of August 18, 2008

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Aug 19 2008

Convention 08: Barack Obama

Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama addressed the 2008 Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention today. Click here for continuing coverage.

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Aug 18 2008

Convention 08: John McCain

Presidential candidate Senator John McCain addressed the 2008 Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention today.  Click here for continuing coverage.

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Aug 17 2008

Feeding the Troops

VFW members in Wisconsin are gearing up to feed 3400 troops…

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Aug 15 2008

President to Speak Wednesday at VFW Convention

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008–President George W. Bush has accepted an invitation to speak Wednesday at the 109th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.

The annual convention by America??”s oldest major veterans??” organization starts tomorrow at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The event is not open to the public.

“It is a time-honored tradition for our nation??”s leader to address the national convention of America??”s oldest major veterans??” organization and the nation??”s largest organization of combat veterans,” said VFW National Commander George J. Lisicki, a Vietnam veteran from Carteret, N.J. “We are grateful to President Bush for taking the time to speak to us on issues that are vitally important to our nation.”

Approximately 10,000 VFW and Ladies Auxiliary delegates will represent the 2.2 million-member organization at the weeklong convention to approve new national priorities to guide the organization as it lobbies Congress on issues important to the nation??”s 23.5 million veterans, 2.2 million servicemembers, and their families.

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Aug 15 2008

McCain, Obama to Address VFW National Convention

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008–The two presumptive presidential candidates have accepted invitations to speak next week to the 109th national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., which starts tomorrow at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The event is not open to the public.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is scheduled to speak on Monday, followed by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Tuesday.

The appearance of both presidential candidates continues a long standing VFW tradition to provide a platform for those seeking the nation??”s highest office to address America??”s oldest major veterans??” organization, even though the VFW is prohibited from offering endorsements.

“For the candidates, this is their opportunity to address the national convention of America??”s oldest major veterans’ organization and the nation’s largest organization of combat veterans,” said VFW National Commander George J. Lisicki, a Vietnam veteran from Carteret, N.J.

“What the VFW membership wants to know is how each candidate would prosecute the war on terrorism and protect America through strong national defense and homeland security programs. We also want to know how they would enhance military and veteran healthcare programs, benefits, and Quality of Life initiatives.”

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