VFW Legislative Conference Gives Voice to Veterans' Issues

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Nearly 300 VFW leaders are in Washington, D.C., this week to let lawmakers know the top legislative priorities of America’s veterans, service members and their families.

Today, VFW National Commander Richard L. DeNoyer will testify before a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. Video of the testimony will be posted this afternoon at www.vfw.org.

Foremost among goals this year is to protect the VA budget from mandatory cuts if sequestration occurs, and to defeat the Defense Department’s negative quality of life proposals that would restrict military pay, substantially increase Tricare costs on military dependents and retirees and civilianize the military retirement system.

Other high-interest topics range from military transition and employment assistance programs to education, the proper care and treatment of wounded warriors, women veterans, the 1.7 million VA claims workload and combating veteran suicides and homelessness, among others.

Other conference highlights:

  • House Armed Services Committee Chairman “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) was presented with the 2012 VFW Congressional Award.
  • The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment received the VFW Gold Medal & Citation.
  • Winners of the VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen competition were named.
  • VFW National Commander Richard L. DeNoyer and his wife, Theresa, attended a White House dinner to salute Iraq War veterans.
  • Scores of VFW members, including Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, visited the Hill to meet with individual lawmakers on key issues.


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