VFW DISPATCH – April 2015


A few weeks ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced they would be changing the 40-mile rule from a geodesic straight line measurement to actual driving distance. This was exactly what the VFW wanted to hear. We are optimistic that this change will help address some of the issues veterans are facing when seeking treatment and facing wait times.

The VA has also recently changed their informal claims procedures to a standardized claim form. The ‘Intent to File a Claim’ form will now act as a place holder for your claim date. The VA is hoping this change will help eliminate processing delays, frustrations and inaccuracy.

We will continue to keep you apprised of any future VA developments.


Your VFW Membership Team

VFW Statement Regarding VA ‘Crow Flies’ Rule Change

Announcement was exactly what VFW wanted to hear

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will change the calculation measurement from geodesic straight line to actual driving distances to determine if veterans are eligible for non-VA care closer to where they reside. Learn more.

VA Crow Flies Rule Change

Tractor Supply Company Invites VFW Posts To ‘Salute Our Troops’

Help maximize participation today and make sure your VFW Post registers today!

In honor of our nation’s heroes the VFW is once again teaming up with Tractor Supply Company to make this Memorial Day a nationwide community event. Learn more.

Salute Our Troops

VFW Announces Kick-Off of Youth Scholarship Competitions

New themes selected for the 2015-16 contest

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) is pleased to announce the kick-off of the 2015-16 VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions. Read more.

Youth Scholarship Competitions

The VFW’s ‘Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship’ Deadline is Approaching

Applications for the fall semester must be received by April 30

Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants to provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. Apply now.

Help a Hero Scholarship deadline

VA Standardizes Veterans Claims Forms

New regulations eliminate informal claims despite VFW opposition

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently finalized its regulations and will eliminate “informal claims” and substitute its newly-established “Intent to File a Claim” form to act as a date-of-claim place holder. Learn more.

VA Intent to File a Claim Form

Defense Mobile Offers VFW Members 10% Off Mobile Service For Life

The best networks for less, superior service guaranteed. Try Defense Mobile 30 days risk free!

Defense Mobile, the #1 mobile service for veterans and military service members, offers the most popular phones, no-contract plans, and applications that help veterans and military discover new benefits. And now, it’s offering VFW members 10% off their service. Just remember to use “VFWLDR” during the activation process. Get started.

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95% of people who use MetLife Dental Insurance would recommend it to a friend.
Visit http://www.vfwinsurance.com/veterans-dental-insurance.html and select ‘Get Rates Now’ to learn more about this coverage available to VFW members! Find the monthly premium for dental coverage for you and your family and enroll.

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