National Legislative Service
The location of our Washington,
D.C. office allows us to monitor all legislation affecting veterans, alert VFW
membership to key legislation under consideration and to actively lobby Congress
and the administration on veterans issues.
With the VFW’s own priority
goals in mind, combined with the support of 2.1 million members of the VFW and its
Auxiliaries, our voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored!
WHAT WE DO:
We continuously advocate on veterans behalf. By testifying at
committee hearings and interacting with congressional members, the VFW has
played an instrumental role in nearly every piece of veterans legislation passed
in the 20th Century, as well as bills developed in the 21st.
recently, VFW efforts halted the Department of Veterans Affairs proposal to
re-review more than 70,000 cases it had already decided for veterans suffering
from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The review’s sole purpose was to
revoke awards for disability compensation under the guise of fraud review.
One of the VFW's most successful legislative pushes was making college
education affordable for military service members with the signing of the 1944 GI
Bill of Rights, the signing of the Montgomery Post 9/11 GI Bill in 1984, and the signing
of a new 21st Century GI Bill in 2008.
Learn more about VFW victories,
by reading our comprehensive list of the VFW'S
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS.
VFW's NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMS INCLUDE: