VfW Dispatch Oct. 2014

VFW - 10/18/2014



VFW DISPATCH – October 2014


VFW continues to fight on Capitol Hill for the rights and benefits you’ve earned and sacrificed for. Last month, more than 70 members of the VFW Legislative Committee met for the fall legislative conference in Washington, D.C. They pressed members of Congress on the important issues like receiving adequate health care and avoiding sequestration, and those were just a couple of the major topics of concern we brought to their doorstep.

It may take time, but the VFW won’t stop fighting until Congress fulfills its promise to make the necessary changes the VA needs to properly care for all veterans.

You fought to protect our nation, and now it’s our nation’s turn to protect you. Thank you for your dedication and steadfast support of our organization.


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VA Braces for a New Front in the Agent Orange Battle

A group of post-Vietnam War veterans say their illnesses are tied to the herbicide. So far, Veterans Affairs isn’t buying it.

During the Vietnam War, C-123s were used to spray the herbicide Agent Orange. A group of veterans believe their illnesses—which range from diabetes to cancer—are tied to their time on the planes but have had little luck getting their disability claims granted. Read more on their fight here.

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Get a Haircut, Help A Hero During Sport Clips’ Scholarships for Veterans Campaign

Nation’s leader in men’s and boys’ hair care hosts annual fundraiser benefiting service members and veterans

When you get a haircut at one of the more than 1,200 Sport Clips across the country, you can "Help A Hero” at the same time by donating to the company’s Help A Hero program now through November 11, Veterans Day. Get the details.


VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Deadlines are Right Around the Corner!

Interested students can apply through their local participating VFW Post

The Nov. 1 deadline is approaching quickly for student entries for the VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions. Each year the VFW awards more than $3 million in scholarships and awards to middle and high school students who participate in the two competitions. Read more here.

Voice of Democracy

New American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Joins National Mall

The new memorial is the first dedicated solely to disabled veterans of all conflicts

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial conveys a combination of strength and vulnerability, of loss and renewal. Dedicated on October 5, 2014, this is the first national memorial dedicated solely to disabled veterans, paying tribute to the hidden and visible disabilities from all conflicts and all branches of service. Read more here.

Disabled Vets Memorial

Researchers Create System that Allows Amputees to ‘Feel’ with Prosthetic Hands

New system uses electrical stimulation to give amputees the sense of touch again

Scientists from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center have developed an experimental but promising new sensor-laden prosthetic system that ties into the nerves in the arm and shoots a message to the brain to give amputees the chance to ‘feel’ again. Details here.

Prosthetic Hand
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Special message from VFW Commander Stroud and Auxiliary President Panteleakos.
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VFW Podium Edition
Combined Congressional Charter, By-Laws, Manual of Procedure and Ritual in a 6.5-by-8.75 inch book with plastic spiral binding that lies flat when opened to any section. Large type, loose-leaf format. Made in the USA. Get yours today!Electronic versions can be found on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

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VFW Has Your Life Insurance Needs Covered
You want your family to be financially secure. Life insurance through VFW helps you do just that. From plans with no medical exams to plans with multi-million dollar limits and additional accident insurance, VFW has your life insurance needs covered. Visit www.vfwinsurance.com.

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