VFW WASHINGTON WEEKLY
August 12, 2011
In This Issue:
1. VFW Introduces DC Blog
2. President Signs GI Bill Fixes
3. Join Us in our Fight -- 10 for 10
4. Super Committee Members Named
5. WWII MIA Identified
1. VFW Introduces DC Blog: This week the VFW introduced its newly reinvented blog, www.vfwonthehill.org. The primary focus will be on the work of VFW's National Legislative Service in Washington, D.C. Serving over 2 million members and thousands of veteran advocates, the blog is the latest tool to help engage those who are interested in making a difference for veterans from coast to coast. Together with the efforts of the VFW Action Corps and the VFW National Legislative Committee, the new blog will help inform all who visit, in real time on the daily activities of veterans' issues as they develop in Washington inspiring members to reach out to their representatives and take action.
2. President Signs GI Bill Fixes:
The President signed VFW-supported legislation that will preserve reimbursement rates under the Post-9/11 GI Bill for students already enrolled at private schools. The Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act (P.L.112-26), which VFW strongly advocated for, ensures that students who are already using their Chapter 33 benefits will be able to complete their degree programs without unnecessary financial constraints. To read the VA press release go here: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2147\
3. Join Us in Our Fight -- 10 for 10:
"10 for 10" is our campaign to make sure Congress keeps its promises to military personnel, retirees, and veterans. Add your voice to the effort by re-engaging with your members of Congress to ensure these proposals do not negatively affect troops, veterans or their families. Visit the VFW website for a list of 10 services and programs we believe are most vulnerable to being cut or curtailed in order to help pay for 10 years of war. These 10 principles will be a centerpiece of our efforts to protect veterans and military personnel in the budget battles yet to come. Now is the time to make your voice heard by calling, writing, or e-mailing your thoughts on any or all of the 10 for 10 items. To learn how, visit VFW's Capwiz page at http://capwiz.com/vfw/dbq/officials/
4. Super Committee Members Named: This week, Congressional leadership announced the members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. This 12-member panel of Members of Congress from the House and Senate was created as a product of the debt ceiling negotiations to reduce federal spending by at least $1.5 trillion dollars over the next ten years. We are encouraged that Senator Patty Murray has been appointed to this influential new committee, as she has always been a stalwart supporter of veterans' issues, and will co-chair the panel alongside Congressman Jeb Hensarling. We will make our case to all the members of the committee that our veterans have sacrificed an extraordinary amount for the greater good, and we must continue to honor their contribution to the security and prosperity of our nation.
The Senators on the committee include: Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA), Max Baucus (D-MT), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Rob Portman (R-OH), Pat Toomey (R-PA). The following are the members from the House: Dave Camp (R-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI) Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), James Clyburn (D-SC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
5. WWII MIA Identified:
The Defense POW/MIA Office announced the identification of remains belonging to Army Pfc. William F. Stehlin of Dayton, KY; he was buried on August 11 in Arlington National Cemetery. On Nov. 20, 1944, Stehlin, as part of the 333rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, went missing near Suggerath while his unit conducted a largely successful offensive to capture towns in Western Germany. In 1951, after an extensive search, his remains were determined unrecoverable by U.S. Army Graves Registration personnel. Today, more than 73,000 are unaccounted-for from the conflict. For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo
or call 703-699-1169.