What Does the VFW Do on Capitol Hill?
The VFW advocates on behalf of veterans in Washington, D.C.
April 14, 2014
Do you ever wonder what the VFW’s office on Capitol Hill
does to help our veterans? In the last year alone, VFW’s advocacy efforts in
Washington have improved consumer resources for college-bound veterans;
preserved military quality-of-life programs like tuition assistance; repealed
the back-door dealings to cut military retiree benefits; and reinstated a
responsible Stolen Valor law. So why is the VFW’s voice so strong on Capitol
Hill? It’s because the VFW enlists the help of a strong network of volunteer veterans’
advocates all across the country called the VFW Action Corps.
The VFW Action Corps is made up of VFW members just
like you, who stand ready to call on Congress to do the right thing for our
veterans. During the fight to reinstate military retirement benefits, the VFW
Action Corps was responsible for more than 30,000 advocacy emails and
countless phone calls to every Congressional office on Capitol Hill. One
Congressman was so inundated with phone calls from the VFW alone that he called
the Washington office personally, asking how he could make it stop. This kind
of relentless grassroots advocacy is what gives the VFW the clout to testify
before Congress on key veterans’ issues; to flood Capitol Hill twice a year to
hand-deliver the VFW’s priorities to every member of Congress; and most
importantly, to pass responsible legislation that improves the lives of
veterans, like the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, or the VA
Family Caregiver Act.
But we can do more. Did you know that today only 37,000 of
the VFW’s 1.4 million members are signed up for the VFW Action Corps?
Imagine what we could do to help our fellow veterans with the full force of the
If you are not yet signed up as a member of the VFW
Action Corps, add your name to our rolls and help us hold Congress
accountable. It’s free, and it’s just another way that you, as a VFW member,
help to better serve our nation’s veterans. If you’re already a member of the VFW
Action Corps, tell your friends to join. It’s open to anyone who cares
about veterans or veterans’ issues.
As a member of the VFW Action Corps, you will receive
our Washington Weekly electronic newsletter every Friday, highlighting our work
on Capitol Hill. You will also receive regular VFW Action Alerts, informing you
of key issues and key votes in Congress, and guiding you step-by-step in how
you can make a difference. To join the VFW Action Corps today, click
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