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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.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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