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VFW WASHINGTON WEEKLY

November 18, 2011



In This Issue:
1. VFW Presses Senator McCain on Support
2. Congress Passes Veterans Job Bill
3. VA Committee Discusses Budget Savings
4. Vietnam Education Center Needs Photos
5. WWII Film Sought
6. Keeping Memories Alive
7. Military Family Survey


1. VFW Presses Senator McCain on Support: VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer expressed the organization's strongest opposition today to ongoing efforts by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) to further balance the budget on the backs of military service members, their families, and retirees. In a letter, the Chief wrote that McCain'sacceptance of proposals to examine the current retirement system along with military pay, allowances and their tax implications, plus to suggest excluding military retirees from TRICAREPrime, implies that his unwavering support of the military exists only as long as you are wearing the uniform. "Troops are of one voice against cutting their pay and benefits," wrote DeNoyer. "That is why we are so adamantly against any proposal that would have those who sacrifice the most to sacrifice even more." Read the full letter: http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/VFW_in_DC/VFW%20to%20McCain%20Nov%202011.PDF


2. Congress Passes Veterans Job Bill: On Wednesday night, the House unanimously passed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, a comprehensive veterans' jobs bill that combined the best of two separate House and Senate bills with a tax credit proposed by the White House. The president is expected to sign the bill into law earlynext week. VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer said he was proud to see Congress come together to pass a law to address the daunting veterans' unemployment crisis. VFW hadpreviously testified in support of comprehensive veterans' employment legislation before both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. Read the VFW press release at http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/CONGRESS-UNITES-TO-HELP-UNEMPLOYED-VETERANS/. To learn more about the bill, go to http://www.vfwonthehill.org/2011/11/update-vets-jobs-bill-heading-to.html.


3. VA Committee Discusses Budget Savings: The House Veterans Affairs Committee invited Veteran Service Organizations and the VA this week to discuss recommendations for possible savings within the VA budget. The VFW, along with our Independent Budget partners, offered several areas of potential savings, while highlighting where better care and benefits could be provided toveterans. The VSO representatives made it clear that that any savings should be reinvested to meet the urgent unfunded needs of VA. The VFW remains committed to ensuring that VAhealthcare and benefits are protected, and will continue to whether VA medical care is exempt from potential mandatory cuts should the Super Committee fail to reach an agreement by Thanksgiving Day. For more on the hearing or to view the recorded webcast, visit the House VA committee at http://veterans.house.gov/. For our letter to the House VA Committee, go to: http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/VFW_in_DC/Joint%20VSO%20Response%20to%20HVAC%20on%20Savings%20and%20Waste%20in%20VA%20-%20April%204%202011.pdf


4. Vietnam Education Center Needs Photos: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is seeking photos of all 58,000 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C. The collection will be used to highlight their service andsacrifice inside the new VFW-supported Vietnam Memorial Education Center, which is scheduled to break ground next year. So far, 18,000 photos have been submitted by families and fellowcomrades-in-arms. Please submit photos to Jan Scruggs, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Ave., NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC 20037. Include the deceased's name, location, unit and approximate month/year the photo was taken. Digitized photos can be e-mailed to jscruggs@vvmf.org.


5. WWII Film Sought: Towers Productions, a documentary production company for A&E, History and Discovery Channel, is working on a three-hour World War II special for the National Geographic Channel to air sometime in mid-2012. They are on the hunt for rare and possibly never-before-seen combat footage---16mm or 8mm color or B&W film at the front or anywhere overseas---as well as field audio. They are currently searching through a myriad ofmilitary collections, but believe many VFW members may also have a treasure trove of film canisters tucked away in attics and basements that they recorded personally while overseas. Ifinterested, please contact David Cottrell at Towers Productions at (312) 601-4916 or by e-mail at david.cottrell@towersproductions.com.


6. Keeping Memories Alive: If your Post is named after a fallen warrior interred overseas, the American Battle Monuments Commission can help you locate and honor his memory both at home and abroad. Each of ABMC's 24 overseas cemeteries would appreciate having on file a photo and story of the fallen, plus cemetery staff would gladly decorate and/or photograph the gravesite for their namesake Posts and family members. Regarding decorations, a Post can contact cemetery staff for theplacement of floral arrangements, which will be photographed and sent back to the Post. Learn more at the ABMC website atwww.abmc.gov.


7. Military Family Survey: Blue Star Families has asked VFW to help distribute their 2012 Military Family Lifestyle Survey to active-duty, Guard, Reserve and veteranfamilies. The survey is available online at http://tiny.cc/surveyVFW until mid-December. The data collected provides real-time feedback from military families on issues ranging from operations tempo to relationships, stress, caregiving and employment, plus new questions on exceptional family members, civic engagement, public policy and volunteerism.

 

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