Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of New York

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BUDDY POPPY COST TO INCREASE
National is honoring the $150/1000 price on Buddy Poppies through 9/26/2014

All Poppy Orders must be received at Department by Friday's noon mail for the current price.  Effective Friday, September 26, 2014 Poppy cost will increase to $165.00 per 1000.
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VFW Donations Down Drastically

IRS Cut Red Tape for Veterans and Survivors

Vet Gun Control

There's a Decline in Veteran Homless

Veterans Affairs admitted a mistake

Reconstruct Missing War Records

Post Issues in New York

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FEMALE VETERANS TO GET BETTER HEALTH CARE

D3 OTI

 

 

Eligible recipients can get engraved memorial certificate

New York Veterans can get free hunting licenses

VA Facilities in New York

 

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DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK FALL CONFERENCE....Posted

District 1 Commander has extended an invitation to the members of the Department to attend OTI in District 1,  September 27, 2014, Details, are on the District One WEB Site http://www.vfwnydistrict1.org

WASHINGTON (August 26, 2014) — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is hopeful that the initiatives announced by President Obama today will provide the necessary course corrections the Department of Veterans Affairs urgently needs to properly care for the nation’s veterans, service members and their families.
 
The initiatives will recruit more VA doctors and nurses, ease transitioning issues between the Department of Defense and the VA, bolster mental health services, continue to reduce the disability claims backlog and homeless veterans’ population, and enhance veterans’ housing, education and employment opportunities.
 
“Washington cannot solve every problem veterans face,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, of Hawthorne, Nev., “but Washington can help pave the way for veterans to better transition back into their local communities. The VFW looks forward to working with new VA Secretary Bob McDonald and his staff to end this nationwide crisis in care and confidence, and we hope the president’s new initiatives will provide the necessary course corrections the VA urgently needs to properly care for our nation’s veterans.”

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NATIONAL COMMANDER JOHN W. STROUD'S 2014-15 DIRECTORY

EASTERN STATES

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary

As was discussed at our VFW Programs workshop in St. Louis, we are asking all VFW Posts to participate in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner program. The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans' organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families. As a Commemorative Partner, VFW Posts are encouraged to participate in the Commemoration of the Vietnam War by planning and conducting events and activities that will recognize the Vietnam Veterans and their families' service, valor, and sacrifice.
Events and activities should be dignified, memorable occasions that show a sensitivity and appreciation for the solemnity of war and the losses suffered by many. Commemorative Partners should communicate how their events will achieve the Congressionally-mandated objectives of the program. Events or activities should meet one or more of the Congressionally-mandated objectives of the program, and as a minimum, with an emphasis on objective one.
1. To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
2. To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
3. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
4. To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
5. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.
For VFW Posts interested in becoming an official Commemorative Partner, they must submit an application and a signed Statement of Understanding.  Applications are available at www.VietnamWar50th.com on the Commemorative Partner Program.  The approval process is usually less than 30 days. Partners will be kept informed through electronic notifications. Once approved as a Partner, the Commemoration will provide organizations with a starter kit of materials for developing and implementing their programs. If you have any questions regarding the Commemorative Partner Program application process, please direct them to: whs.vnwar50th_cpp@mail.mil.
We look forward to our VFW Posts becoming partners in assisting a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Kevin C. Jones
Director, VFW Programs/NMS
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
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