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STUDENT VETERANS GET ANSWERS DURING FACEBOOK TOWN HALL

Highlights from the discussion.

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As promised, the VFW hosted an hour-long town hall meeting to explain how the VFW is working for veterans’ education on the Hill. The virtual gathering was held on Facebook and also touched upon the VFW’s new scholarship program for veterans and important facts about VA education benefits.

Read Town Hall dialogue.

This is the first live VFW town hall discussion held on Facebook, and the results were overwhelmingly positive. The VFW has been testing different online venues in order to serve veterans in the most convenient way possible.

“We’re reviewing feedback from the discussions and will decide which direction we want to go with future offerings like this,” said Randi Law, VFW Communications Manager. “We’ve also hosted Twitter chats and participants let us know that they value the real-time experience and the chance to have their questions answered by the experts.” 

This particular discussion had representatives from the VFW’s “1 Student Veteran” program available as well as ambassadors from the new VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” initiative. Questions were answered in order of importance based on the “Likes” awarded to them by participants.

Queries ranged from vocational rehab and scholarship eligibility requirements to whether or not apprenticeships are covered by the GI Bill. The VFW also cleared up confusion about the effect of sequestration on the GI Bill and explained its efforts to protect the educational benefits our veterans have earned through service to their country.

“Social media use is increasing for every generation—veterans included,” Law explained. “Our goal is to meet veterans where they are to get them the timely, critical information they need.”

Like the VFW on Facebook and follow @VFWHQ on Twitter to make sure you receive updates on the next Facebook town hall or Twitter chat.

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