November 21, 2012
 

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VFW WASHINGTON WEEKLY

November 21, 2012





1. Contact Congress on Sequestration Today: Join us in urging Congress to reach an agreement on sequestration before the January 2013 deadline. Automatic cuts will take affect if they do not work together and find common ground in a little over a month. The VFW has sent letters to all members of Congress urging them to take immediate, bipartisan action to undo the triggers and consequences of sequestration. The impact these automatic cuts will have on the Department of Defense puts our service members, their families, and our national security at risk. Contact your legislators today and tell them to do what's right for our country.
Click here to take action today: http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=62171626.
Click here to read our letter to Congress: http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/VFW_in_DC/Sequestration%20Letter-House%2011.13.12.pdf.
For more information, read the VFW's talking points on Sequestration at: http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/2012-Articles/VFW-TALKING-PAPER-ON-SEQUESTRATION/.
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2. Senate to Take Up Defense Bill: The Senate is expected to take up the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act (S.3254) next week. Several key amendments may be brought up that that would make important improvements to TRICARE, concurrent receipt, and the Survivor Benefits Plan. Contact your Senate offices and urge them to support the following amendments made by:
     * Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), to acknowledge premium value of career service/sacrifice.
     * Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), to end the SBP-DIC offset for military widows.
     * Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), to cap TRICARE pharmacy copay fees.
     * Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), to ease concurrent receipt penalties for disabled retirees.
To find contact information for your elected officials click here: http://capwiz.com/vfw/dbq/officials/.
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3. Afghan/Iraq KIA Photos Needed: Photos and personal stories of service members killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan are needed for next week's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Education Center at The Wall. The VFW-supported Education Center will bring to life the stories of more than 58,000 American service members who died during the Vietnam War. It will also tell the stories of the 6,400 fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq until they receive their own national honor, said Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Nov. 28, in the open field across from The Wall along Henry Bacon Drive. All VFW members are welcome to attend. Please mail personal stories and 8x10 photos of fallen Afghan and Iraq service members to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Ave, NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC 20037. Read more at http://www.buildthecenter.vvmf.org/.
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4. New Army Employment Campaign: The Army's Warrior Transition Command launched a new employment campaign this week to educate and inform civilian employers on the value of hiring veterans, and to debunk myths associated with hiring wounded, ill and injured service members. Help us help wounded, ill and injured service members by sharing the employment campaign material with your local employers, reporters and social media. The campaign includes a 10 minute educational video providing solutions to the three obstacles, a two-minute trailer video, radio spot, and online employer toolkit. View the materials at www.WTC.army.mil.
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5. Take the Military Family Survey: The 2013 Military Family Lifestyle Survey is now available online for veterans, service members and their families. The survey is open through December 3, and should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete, depending on your responses. Go to the Blue Star Families website to participate at http://www.bluestarfam.org/Policy/Surveys/Survey_2013.
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6. VFW Supports Working Wounded Games: VFW staff attended a CrossFit-style competition last week for wounded warriors. The first-of-its-kind competition was organized in cooperation with CrossFit Walter Reed to help promote recovery and empowerment for veterans working to overcome life-changing injuries. VFW member Patrick Murray competed in the games alongside 18 other wounded warriors and others who competed remotely. More than 200 spectators were on hand to cheer on the competitors, to include several midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy. For the entire story and photos from the event, visit our Capitol Hill blog at http://thevfw.blogspot.com/2012/11/highlights-from-inaugural-working.html.
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From the entire VFW Family to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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