ENDING SEQUESTRATION TOPS VFW LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
'We are still a nation at war...'
February 28, 2014
than 500 members of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars of the U.S. are arriving in the
Nation’s Capital this weekend to urge their members of Congress to end
“We are still a nation at war,” said VFW National Commander
William A. Thien, “and our duty is to end the sequester and fight continued
attempts to force veterans, service members and their families to shoulder an
unfair share of the nation’s debt, fight for advance appropriations for all VA
accounts, and fight to preserve the safety and
security of the United States and the continued viability of the All-Volunteer
is scheduled to present the VFW’s legislative
positions at 10 a.m., Wednesday, in testimony before a joint hearing of the
Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees in the Dirksen Senate Office
Building. That evening he will present Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) with the VFW’s
2014 Congressional Award, which for 50 years has been presented annually to one
sitting member of the House or Senate for significant legislative contributions
on behalf of those who have worn the uniform. The award is extremely important to
the VFW because it recognizes that military, veterans and families of past and
present have a champion in their corner on Capitol Hill.
Other legislative conference events include:
Hosting a Wounded
Warrior Dinner tonight for wounded troops and their families from the Walter
Reed National Military Medical Center at nearby Bethesda, Md.
Awarding a $30,000
scholarship Monday evening at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Va., to the
winner of the annual VFW Voice of Democracy program, a patriotic-themed contest
that this year judged more than 40,000 high school student entries. The winner
will be joined onstage by home schooled eight-grader Alexis Canen from
Glendive, Mont., who beat 110,000 other middle school students to win a $5,000
scholarship in the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen contest.
VFW will stream live video of the 2014 Voice of Democracy Parade of Winners
beginning at 6 p.m. (EST), Monday, and video of the VFW national commander’s
congressional testimony will stream online
Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. (EST). Visit www.vfw.org/livestream
to access the stream directly. If you miss the live feed, you can also use the
“on-demand” feature to watch at any time.
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