Starting the conversation

Always on the lookout for more authentic ways to connect with VFW members and citizens who care about veterans, the VFW hosted a live chat on Twitter last month. Participants sounded off on potential cuts to veterans’ programs due to sequestration. They also got answers to their questions and learned about the ins and outs of the VFW’s advocacy work in Washington.

From throwing out topics for discussion to expressing opinions or asking pointed questions about specific issues, the VFW welcomed the Twitter community. The conversation was moderated by VFW leadership and a specific hashtag was used so participants could easily follow, #ASKVFW.

Questions included inquiries about specific VFW initiatives on critical issues like military suicides, as in this conversation with @LynnRolflll:


Veterans also took advantage of the chance to speak to the VFW about VA concerns. Twitter user, @ToddBowers, asked about filing disability claims:


Plans are already in the works to host another VFW Live Twitter Chat. Next time around, Ron Cherry, VFW Service Officer, will be on hand to answer your questions. This will be the ideal venue for veterans and military families to ask questions about the claims process, disability compensation and connecting with helpful resources during the transition back to civilian life.

And remember, you don’t need to have specific questions planned to participate. Jump in the conversation and share your thoughts with other patriotic tweeps who care about our veterans’ issues.

Watch vfw.org for specific date, time and conversation hashtag information.



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