October 17, 2014
In This Issue:
1. Remember Who Votes Against Veterans
2. VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Applications Open
3. Marine Corps Change of Command
4. Concert for Valor Update
5. Overseas Holiday Mail Deadlines Approaching
6. Korean War Soldier Recovered
1. Remember Who Votes Against Veterans: On election day, the VFW wants you to remember eight members of Congress who voted against legislation that would help the Department of Veterans Affairs overcome its nationwide crisis in care and confidence, as well as 13 others who were not present for the vote. H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, passed overwhelmingly in the House by a vote of 420-5, and in the Senate by 91-3, but the hypocrisy of the eight "no” votes, according to VFW National Commander John Stroud, is that between 2003 and 2010, five of the congressmen and senators voted to approve more than a half trillion dollars in supplemental war funding with little regard to corresponding offsets or spending oversight, but in July they would vote against $16 billion to improve the care and services the VA provides to wounded, ill and injured veterans. "The VFW has a long memory when it comes to remembering those who vote for war but not the warrior, and though we will never tell our members and supporters who to vote for, we will always tell them who in Congress does — or does not — support veterans, service members and their families.” Read more athttp://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/2014-Articles/VFW-Election-Day-Advice/.
2. VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Applications Open: The VFW and Student Veterans of America (SVA) recently announced a fellowship program to bring up to 10 student veterans to storm the halls of Congress alongside VFW’s advocates this March. Those interested must complete an application no later than December 31, 2014, to include an essay highlighting one of the VFW’s Legislative Priority Goals and what it means to the veterans’ community today. Applicants must also be VFW members in good standing who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university with an active SVA chapter. For full details and to apply today, click here:
3. Marine Corps Change of Command: Today at Marine Barracks, Washington, outgoing Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos, handed the Marine Corps over to Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr. Amos is retiring after 44 years of service to our nation. Gen. Dunford, an Infantryman, becomes the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. To learn more about the change of command, click here: http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/518707/passing-of-corps-dunford-becomes-36th-commandant.aspx
4. Concert for Valor Update: HBO and Starbucks are cosponsoring a Concert for Valor on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with entertainment from every musical genre. This is a free, open-air concert with no tickets, seating or reservations. The National Park Service is expected to open up the area around 10 a.m. for early birds to spread out their blankets as close to the stage as possible. Concert promoters expect to far exceed the half million who usually attend Independence Day fireworks. More details will be posted on the Concert for Valor website as they become available. See http://www.theconcertforvalor.com/.
5. Overseas Holiday Mail Deadlines Approaching: The U.S. Postal Service has released its recommended deadlines for routine and express mail to overseas military and diplomatic corps serviced by APO, FPO or DPO addresses. To ensure delivery before Dec. 25, the Post Office is recommending standard mail and packages be sent by Nov. 8. Read more at http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2014/pr14_053.htm.
6. Korean War Soldier Recovered: The Defense POW/MIA Office announced the identification of remains of Army Sgt. Cameron M. Flack, 18, of Union Mills, N.C., who was declared missing-in-action in North Korea on Dec. 12, 1950. He was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was accounted for on Oct. 8 and will be buried with full military honors in his hometown on a date yet to be announced.
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