May is an important month for us. It’s Military Appreciation Month, Mental Health Awareness Month and also holds two important days dedicated to our service members: Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is a sacred day for us, but sadly, it seems that America has lost touch with the true meaning of this ever-important day. For many it is no more than a celebration to kick off the summer. But together, we can change that. As you go about your Memorial Day events later this month, we encourage each of you to explain the true meaning of the day to a friend, acquaintance or even a stranger who may imply they’re unfamiliar with its meaning. While we can never repay those who gave all in support of our nation, educating our fellow Americans offers us a great way to honor them.

And this month, make it a point to encourage those who may be dealing with the effects of service to seek out help. Whether they left the service recently, or decades ago, we all share a common bond. Only we can fully understand what each other goes through during and after service. You may save someone’s life. Encourage them to visit MaketheConnection.net for help. Assisting today’s veterans is yet another way of giving back to those who are no longer with us.

On behalf of the VFW, thank you for your continued membership and for your service to our great nation.


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VFW Releases New Report on Veterans Choice Program

Survey report reveals fundamental areas of concern still remain

This week the VFW released a second report on the Veterans Choice Program based off more than 9,600 veteran responses. While participation has improved, the survey report reveals major areas of concern that still remain to be addressed. Read the report and the VFW’s 13 recommendations here.

New VFW Report

Basis Showing Support to VFW for Military Appreciation Month

Improve your health and help veterans at the same time

Show your support to the VFW while getting fit at the same time! Basis, an Intel Company will show its support to America’s veterans and service members by generously donating a portion of sales from their newest fitness and sleep tracker, Basis Peak™ sold at www.mybasis.com now through May 31. Find out more here.

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VFW Files Suit Against VA

VFW suit claims new procedure only benefits VA

Last week the VFW, joined by the DAV, filed suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs to force a change to the new claims submission procedures that clearly only benefit the VA, not veterans. Read more about the suit here.

VFW files suit against VA

The VFW Calls on You to Act Now!

Members of Congress need to know how you feel

Members of Congress are considering whether to modernize the military compensation system. The VFW needs you to contact your members of Congress and tell them to vote for legislation that will enhance the current military compensation system by providing a 401(k)-type retirement contribution to all service members. Send your message here.

Contact Congress

VA’s Make the Connection Provides Veterans Needed Support

Campaign aims to support mental health treatment and recovery

Make the Connection, a VA campaign, is a place where veterans can privately explore topics centered on health, wellness and other common challenges. Featuring personal testimonials from veterans just like you, the website is a one-stop resource for veterans seeking information on mental health treatment and recovery. Find out how you can connect here.

Make The Connection
Financial Help for Veterans


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Presale – Get your 116th National Convention shirts now!
Guarantee you’ll get a VFW National Convention t-shirt this year – order online and have it shipped directly to your house! To order a t-shirt click here; to order the Convention pin click here.

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VFW members can get discounts on VPI Pet Insurance to cover everything from routine veterinary care to illnesses and accidents for dogs, cats, birds and other exotic pets. Learn more at http://www.vfwinsurance.com/pet-insurance.html.

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