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    12/13/2017 - WASHINGTON — Following several weeks of negotiations between the U.S. House and Senate, President Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (FY18 NDAA) into law yesterday. The final bill authorizes just over $692 billon for ongoing and planned defense programs, including $65.7 billion for overseas operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, and for the Global War on Terror. Additionally, the FY18 NDAA authorizes $241.2 billion for operations and...

    7/23/2012 - On Monday, July 23, President Obama addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars and discussed his Administration’s work to secure our nation, fight terrorism, renew American leadership in the world, better serve our troops and military families and honor our veterans. In his remarks, President Obama announced a redesign of the Transition Assistance Program. Developed by the Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force established by the President last August, Transition GPS wil...

    1/6/2017 - This article was originally featured in the January 2017 issue of VFW magazine. Carol Bakke knows what veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder are going through. She’s been there. An Iraq War veteran, Bakke served from 2010 to 2011 with the 778th transportation company with the Army National Guard as a heavy equipment transporter. An explosively formed projectile hit her team on July 18, 2011. When she returned stateside, the dreams and nightmares started — dr...

    12/12/2017 - Does the topic of networking leave a sour taste in your mouth? Are you worried that I’m going to promote “schmoozing,” and handing out business cards like a snake oil salesman? If it does, you’re not alone. But don’t worry. Networking is an important part of your military to civilian transition, and if done correctly, is genuine, fun, interesting and rewarding – not at all slimy and disingenuous. Why Does Networking Matter? Maybe you’ve heard it said: It’s not what you...

    3/5/2013 - WASHINGTON­ — During today’s testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees, the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) pledged the organization will not let America’s veterans be forgotten by Congress or the Administration. Today’s testimony comes just days after the announcement of mandatory Department of Defense budget cuts brought on by sequestration. “The VFW is deeply concerned about the impact...

    7/7/2016 - WASHINGTON — The Veterans Service Organizations who are most often called before Congress for testimony on the state of Veterans Affairs, known in D.C. as "The Big 6," are joining together to call on the Senate to vote on the Veterans First Act. While each has been engaged separately in traditional methods of calling for votes — such as letter-writing and email campaigns — they are now maximizing the power of social media to expand their outreach to get more veterans eng...

    9/25/2009 - VALLEY FALLS, N.Y. — Members of a local VFW hand down their own punishment after a man burns an American flag on their property. We're told the man burned the flag after a bartender at VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls wouldn't serve him alcohol. "Alcohol does strange things to people," said post commander Nick Normile, "but disgrace to the American flag, we can't tolerate that." It's a lesson in patriotism that the disgraced local man--whose identity we're protecting--ma...

    10/19/2009 - WASHINGTON — Representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be telephoning Veterans across the country to explain their education benefits under the new Post-911 GI Bill and ensure beneficiaries are able to receive payments due them. “The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of our highest priorities,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Instead of making people wait to hear from us, we’re reaching out to Veterans, so they can get the money they ...

    12/15/2011 - VFW National Military Services Update Army National Guard MSG Robert Swann was injured while deployed in Iraq in 2010. Shortly after, he was sent to the Warrior Transition Unit at Ft. Gordon to receive treatment for his wounds. His stay at Ft. Gordon would last several months, as he recovered from both his physical and mental injuries. Unfortunately, Robert’s wife Margaret and their three children lived nowhere near Ft. Gordon. Their house was 530 miles away in Miss...

    1/5/2017 - This article was originally featured in the January 2017 issue of the VFW Auxiliary Magazine. Rhode Island is home to husband and wife VFW Auxiliary and VFW leadership team Stephen and GinaMarie Doherty. But this program year, there is something different about this state’s Department president and State commander. Stephen is the Auxiliary’s first-ever male Department president, a role he stepped into following the untimely passing of Rhode Island’s Department Presiden...

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