VFW Releases 2014 Legislative Priority Goals
Each year the VFW outlines its priority goals to maintain and improve quality of life and benefit programs
December 20, 2013
– This week the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. announced its 2014
Legislative Priority Goals for the second session of the 113th Congress. Each
year the VFW outlines its priority goals to maintain and improve quality of
life and benefit programs for service members, veterans and their families. The
2014 priority goals are based on resolutions approved at this year’s 114th VFW
National Convention in Louisville, Ky.
new priority goals include advocating for advance funding for all Department of
Veterans Affairs programs; protecting quality of life programs for military
veterans, service members, retirees and their families; improving transition
assistance programs for separating service members and veterans; and continued
oversight and improvements to the VA disability claims system.
more than a century, veterans’ advocacy has been a cornerstone of the VFW’s
service to our fellow veterans,” said VFW National Commander William A. Thien,
“and our advocates will continue to fight in 2014 to help ensure veterans,
service members and their families aren’t used to balance the federal
the many VFW successes over the past year were critical improvements to VA’s
consumer resources for student veterans, the creation of a new Stolen Valor Act
and the reinstatement of military tuition assistance programs, but VFW
advocates know there are still many challenges to overcome in the new year,
such as efforts to change the military retirement system, reduce retiree and
medically-retired pay, close stateside commissaries, and other threats to
veteran and military quality of life programs and benefits.
2013 alone, VFW’s Action Corps generated tens of thousands of e-mails and phone
calls to every congressional office, and their grassroots advocacy will
required even more in 2014.
advocates must remain ever vigilant and continue to make sure their elected
officials and the public never forgets the service and sacrifices made by our
men and women in uniform and their families,” said Thien.
Download the VFW’s 2014 Legislative Priority Goals here. Sign up for the VFW Action Corps and Washington Weekly at http://capwiz.com/vfw/mlm/signup.htm.
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