VFW Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief John Biedrzycki and Adjutant General John Hamilton met with U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus during an official visit to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on May 4, 2015. During their visit Biedrzycki and Hamilton received briefings from embassy staff on the status of cooperation between China and the U.S. in regards to MIA recovery efforts.
Commander in Chief John Stroud meets with Republic of China (Taiwan) President Ma Ying-jeou (standing center next to the CIC), during the CIC’s visit to Taiwan. Also pictured are, from left, VFW Adjutant General John Hamilton, Vivian Bernotas, chief of staff for the VFW Ladies Auxiliary National President, Ann Panteleakos, VFW Ladies Auxiliary National President, and Mary Stroud. To the right of President Ma Ying-jeou are representatives from the Republic of China Veterans Affairs Council (VAC).
VFW National Commander John Stroud presents his Commander-in-Chief medallion to Lt. Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy. Lt. Gen. O'Shaughnessy the Deputy Commander, United Nations Command Korea; Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea; Commander, Air Component Command, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command; and Commander, 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, South Korea.
VFW National Commander John Stroud met with President Obama in the Oval Office on March 3 to discuss the VFW’s top legislative priorities, which are to end sequestration; to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to provide quality and timely care and benefits to veterans and their survivors; to successfully implement the Veterans Choice Program so that the VA can identify and correct what’s broken, hold employees accountable, and restore the faith of veterans in their VA; and to fully support the newly formed Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and its mission to recover and identify missing Americans from their wars. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
VFW National Commander John Stroud presents his “Chief’s Medallion” to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh inside the Pentagon on Tuesday. Stroud was in town for the annual VFW Legislative Conference, where he met with senior military leaders as well as testified before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees.
VFW National Commander John Stroud presented Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with the 2015 VFW Congressional Award for his significant legislative contributions on behalf of veterans issues. Pictured left to right: Brian Duffy, VFW junior vice commander, John Biedrzycki, VFW senior vice commander, John Stroud, VFW national commander, Senator Bernie Sanders and VA Secretary Robert McDonald.
VA Secretary Robert McDonald addressed VFW members during the 2015 VFW Legislative Conference evening reception.