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Notify IRS of Quartermaster Change

In January 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began requiring entities with an Employer Identification Number to file IRS Form 8822-B to report the latest change of address or responsible party. Form 8822-B must be filed within 60 days of the change.

The purpose of Form 8822-B is to notify the IRS if you changed your business mailing address, your business location or the identity of your responsible party.

A responsible party is the person who has a level of control over the funds or assets of the organization. For VFW purposes, that would be the quartermaster. So when the Department, District or Post has a change in quarter­master leadership, this form must be filed within the 60-day timeframe.

IRS Form 8822-B and its instructions can be found on the Forms page.

The form will require the following information from the organization:

  • Legal name of the organization
  • Old mailing address
  • Employer Identification Number
  • New mailing address
  • New business location, if different from mailing address
  • Old name of the responsible party (2013-2014 quartermaster)
  • New name of responsible party (2014-2015 quartermaster)

Since Post election reports must be completed and filed with VFW National Headquarters immediately following your annual election, it would be a good time to complete the IRS Form 8822-B and forward it directly to the IRS.



VFW Files Suit Against VA

New claims procedure benefits the government, not veterans

WASHINGTON (May 7, 2015) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Disabled American Veterans filed a joint lawsuit yesterday to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to change a new claims submission procedure that was created solely to benefit the VA, not veterans.

The main issue is the elimination of an informal claims process and the institution of a rigid, veteran-unfriendly system for filing claims for benefits, among several other disagreements, explained William L. Bradshaw, VFW director of National Veterans Service, who oversees a nationwide cadre of more than 1,500 VA-accredited service officers who assist veterans with filing their VA claims.

Previously, any form of written communication would have served notice on the VA that within one year, that veteran would be filing a formal claim for disability compensation. If approved, the claim’s effective date could be backdated to the day of the initial notification. As of March 24, the VA now no longer accepts informal claims, and instead requires all veterans to use a standardized form, which essentially postpones the effective date and denies compensation to veterans.

“The VFW doesn’t oppose the use of standardized forms,” said Bradshaw. “Our opposition is to this all or nothing approach that VA is forcing on veterans — changes, that if left in place, will guarantee in this year alone that tens of thousands of service-connected wounded, ill and injured veterans will be denied benefits they were entitled to before the change became effective.”

The VFW, DAV, and other veterans’ service organizations fought against the change after VA first proposed it in October 2013.

“The VA is once again changing the rules to make the claims process easier for them, not for the veterans the VA was created to serve,” said Bradshaw, who added that the new change makes it even more difficult on veterans who don’t understand the process, and especially on those who do not avail themselves of the expert and free claims assistance provided by the VFW and other nationally-recognized and VA-accredited service officers.

“The VA’s move to a standardized form should not come at the cost of an informal claims notification procedure that works,” he said. “The VA can and should accept both.”

Read the lawsuit here.


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Past Commander-In-Chief Spera to Attend State Convention

Past Commander-in-Chief Paul A. Spera will represent the national organization at the Department Convention June 10-14, 2015, in Albany, New York.

Paul A. Spera of Attleboro, Mass., was elected Commander-in-Chief at the 96th national convention in Phoenix, Ariz. on Aug. 25, 1995. He was the seventh native of the Bay State to be elected to this high office.

Spera, an Army veteran, earned his eligibility in Nha Trang Vietnam from 1965-1966. Upon returning home, he was stationed at Fort Ritchie, Md., where he was part of an equipment installation team, until his discharge.

Joining in 1966, while still in Vietnam, he remains a member of Post 144 in Boston, Mass., and currently serves as the Post Quartermaster.

Upon discharge, he attended Northeastern University where he studied business administration. He then went to work for the Department of Labor’s Jobs for Veterans program. He also was assistant service officer for the Department of Massachusetts from 1977-79.

He was named the “Outstanding Veteran of the Year” by the National Alliance of Businessmen and served on the Massachusetts and Attleboro memorial committees.

In 2001, he received a Presidential appointment as a special assistant to then Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi. He is currently retired from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

He and his wife Joanne have five children and four grandsons.


Need to call Assembly Speaker Heastie's office and Senate President Skelos' office. Request support for the "All Vets Bill". This bill allows honorable active duty service, regardless of when and where they served, to buy back up to 3 years of Pensionable Time. Call this week. Art please pass on to Karen. All should send out to their contacts.

Assembly Speaker Heastie:
Senate Speaker Skelos:

Joe Cognitore
Dept. of NY VFW Legislator Chair

New York State VFW Service Officers

Veterans of Foreign Wars

By William J. Larkin Jr. It was my honor to meet with representatives from several VFW Posts during their 2015 advocacy day held in Albany.


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At this link search for a name by:

Clicking on a state, then when it opens scroll down to the city and the names will appear.

Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

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