Grass Roots

Grassroots Efforts

The VFW Action Corps is our national grassroots advocacy network comprised of more than 300,000 VFW members and patriotic supporters of veterans. This group stays up-to-date on the issues facing our veterans, our military and their families, standing ready to email, write, call and visit our nation’s lawmakers to make their voices heard. The VFW Action Corps is free and open to all patriotic Americans who care about the military and veterans’ communities.

Join the VFW Action Corps today and add your voice to the thousands of veterans’ advocates making a difference every day, and if you’re already a member of the VFW Action Corps, encourage your friends and neighbors to join the effort!

 Join the Action Corps

 

Participants receive:

  • The VFW Action Corps Weekly, an easy-to-read electronic newsletter that highlights the VFW’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.
  • Immediate access to a nationwide database of contact information for all elected officials, a congressional directory.
  • Regular VFW “Action Alerts” on how to get involved when our nation’s veterans, service members and their families need their voices heard on Capitol Hill.

 

The VFW Action Corps is what gives the VFW its strength in advocating for our nation’s heroes. Working hand-in-hand with the VFW’s National Legislative Service -- whose office is in eye-shot of the Capitol dome in Washington -- members of the VFW Action Corps are armed with all of the tools and information they need to help the VFW in its mission to support our nation’s veterans. 

 

Our Recent Legislative Victories Include:

  • A continued effort to demonstrate the harmful impact of sequestration including the need to get comprehensive caregiver support for all generations of veterans. Also, ongoing support for those veterans exposed to Agent Orange while serving at sea.
  • December 2016: In a single day and on short notice, nearly 5,000 people rallied to send 10,000 messages which resulted in major legislation for veterans being passed before the end of the 114th Congress.
  • September 2016: Almost 17,000 messages were sent to Congress calling for full-year funding for the VA instead of partial year funding which lead to a victory that funded the VA for the entire fiscal year while other portions of the government received only a few additional weeks.
  • June 2016: Nearly 13,000 emails, letters and messages were sent opposing the privatization of the VA. More than half of VFW members surveyed have reported that they prefer their care at the VA, even when they have other options, and would also recommend it to their fellow veterans.
  • July 2015: Contacted members of Congress 10,000 times to ensure elimination of the 1% COLA penalty for future military retirees.
  • Additionally, nearly 40,000 members and advocates have contributed to research that the VFW has conducted which arms us with REAL facts from REAL people affected by the decisions which Congress makes. 
     

 

 

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