H1641 “Stolen Valor Act”


On 10/5/2015 Massachusetts House Bill 1641”Stolen Valor Act” was favorably passed by the Judiciary committee and has now been referred to the committee on House Steering, Policy and Scheduling. We are grateful to all the committee members for supporting this bill and our veterans. We now need your continue support to reach out to the House Steering Committee and have this bill moved favorably and expeditiously out of that committee and to the full house for a vote. Please contact Committee Chairman, Rep. Nangle at David.Nangle@mahouse.gov and Vice Chair, Rep. Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov and urge them to pass this bill!


VA, Walgreens Provide Veterans Flu Shot Options

VA, Walgreens Provide Veterans Flu Shot Options

This flu season, you have options

With flu season right around the corner, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Walgreens are making it easier than ever for veterans to protect themselves against the influenza virus.

Veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA Health Care System can visit their local Walgreens or Duane Reade location to receive a free flu shot. To take advantage of this offer, simply click here to download the registration form. Then, present the completed form to your local Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacist with your VA and photo ID cards.

With your free flu shot, Walgreens will also automatically update your VA health care records. To find a location near you, call 800-WALGREENS (800-925-4733) or visit www.Walgreens.com/FindAStore.  




VFW to Host Virtual Career Fair for Veterans

VFW to Host Virtual Career Fair for Veterans

Quality employment assistance remains a VFW priority

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is pleased to announce it will host a virtual career fair open exclusively to service members and veterans on October 21, 2015.

The career fair will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CDT and feature available opportunities within Black & Veatch, Cerner, Garmin and Overland Contracting Inc. (OCI), all companies with a demonstrated commitment to hiring America’s service members and veterans.

Participants are strongly encouraged to preregister for the event at: www.vfwvirtual.com

“Helping service members and veterans succeed in their quest for quality employment is a VFW priority. This is a highly-employable demographic,” said John A. Biedrzycki Jr., the national commander of the VFW. “They possess ideal characteristics and traits that, in addition to their skillsets, make them valued employees, teammates and leaders. We appreciate being joined by quality businesses that understand that, and we look forward to this being a very successful event.”

The upcoming career fair will work to connect participants to a desired opportunity by offering various positions in a wide range of career fields.

Black& Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure™ in energy, water, telecommunications and government services. Since 1915, it has helped clients improve the lives of residents in more than 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Black & Veatch will seek candidates to fulfill roles in engineering, EHS (environmental, health & safety), procurement, material management, quality control, construction management and project controls. http://careers.bv.com 

Cerner, recognized as one of the most innovative companies in the world, is at the intersection of two fast-growing industries: technology and health care. Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 18,000 facilities worldwide. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. It will seek talent with the ability to drive change through the use of information technology. http://www.cerner.com/about_cerner/careers

Garmin is a leading worldwide developer and provider of consumer electronics within automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor/fitness, and mobile technologies for Global Positioning System. Designing its products with the customer in mind, Garmin is committed to making superior products that are an essential part of its customers’ lives. It will seek to fill employment positions in the fields of operations, engineering, marketing and finance. www.garmin.com/careers

OCI is a full-service contractor, specializing in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. It believes in accountability and transparency throughout the project and work collaboratively to provide innovative solutions to difficult challenges. OCI always puts people first in a zero-incident safety culture. It works safely throughout the project, leaving behind an environment that allows end users to work safely. A Black & Veatch company, OCI delivers tailored solutions to the power, communications, and water industries through direct hire or subcontract options utilizing open or merit shop labor. It is a supporter of the Fast Track to Civilian Employment Program with Build Your Future, and will seek veterans and service members interested in skilled construction crafts, construction management, procurement, material management, quality control, EHS and project controls. www.ocicareers.com

While preregistering for the event is preferred, participants may register at the time of and during the event.


VFW Appoints First Female Assistant Quartermaster General

image003KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) has appointed a 13-year Army and Desert Storm veteran as the first female Assistant Quartermaster General for the nation’s largest combat veteran service organization.

Debra Anderson was sworn in on August 23, 2015, before the VFW’s National Council of Administration. The announcement comes just days after a historical change to extend VFW Auxiliary membership eligibility to male spouses and male family members, solidifying the VFW’s commitment to membership equality for all military families.

“Since coming to the VFW in 2006, Debra has been dedicated to furthering the VFW’s mission at Post, District and National levels. I have no doubt that she will continue to ensure the VFW remains the top veterans’ service organization FOR VETERANS,” said John Biedrzycki, VFW national commander. Tired of endless custom essay writing? Let’s talk shop – place the order with professional service!

Prior to her appointment, Anderson served as director of Human Resources and Investment Coordinator where she managed all aspects of human resources for the VFW National Headquarters.

Anderson earned her VFW eligibility for service with the U.S. Army during Desert Storm and left the Army in 1993 as a Major. Among her numerous military decorations, she has been awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal and Parachutist Badge.

She graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Anderson joined the VFW in 2006 at Post 7356 in Parkville, Mo., where she currently maintains her Gold Legacy Life membership. She has served as Voice of Democracy chair, junior vice commander, senior vice commander, All-American Post Commander, trustee and district adjutant.

(via VFW.org)


DOD Announces New Prescription Drug Policy

The DOD has announced a new TRICARE policy that will require military retirees and family members to obtain certain prescription drugs through the mail or at a military treatment facility (MTF). The change affects only maintenance medications. Acute medications such as antibiotics may still be obtained through retail pharmacies. Active duty military are exempt. Similar to the TRICARE for Life pharmacy mail order pilot program, generic formulary drugs will be free with home delivery and name brand formulary drugs will cost $16 for a 90 day supply. This is compared to $8 for generics and $20 for name brands currently charged at network pharmacies for a 30 day supply. There is no charge for drugs obtained at MTFs. DOD estimates this new policy will save $88 million a year for them, and $16.5 million a year for beneficiaries. Receiving a single name brand drug through home delivery rather than a retail pharmacy will save beneficiaries up to $176 per year. Affected beneficiaries will begin receiving letters on September 1 with additional information on the new policy and how to obtain waivers if necessary. For more information on TRICARE pharmacy copays, visit: http://www.tricare.mil/pharmacycosts.


Action Alert: Veterans Choice Program and Access Survey

Background: Last year, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act) to improve access to health care for veterans and reduce VA appointment wait times. Since its enactment, the VFW has worked to ensure this important law serves the best interest of veterans. In the past year, the VFW has commissioned several surveys; compiled three reports; worked directly with VA officials and health care contractors; and testified before Congress multiple times on the state of the VA health care system and the implementation of the Choice Act, resulting in significant changes in the program to better serve veterans.

Action Needed: Take the VFW’s latest Veterans Choice Program and Access Survey to help the VFW hold VA accountable for delivering veterans timely access to high quality care. To take the survey, click here:



VFW Auxiliary Now Accepts Men

John A. Biedrzycki Jr., national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [last week] added his official signature to the new congressional charter of its Auxiliary organization in a historical event solidifying the VFW’s commitment to membership equality for all military families.

The former Ladies Auxiliary VFW, founded in 1914, is the VFW’s highly regarded support organization and is considered its “Partner in Service.”

Under its former name Ladies Auxiliary VFW, membership within the organization was offered exclusively to female spouses and family members of any member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The gender-specific eligibility requirement remained for more than 100 years until July 20, 2015, when delegates to the VFW’s 116th National Convention in Pittsburgh voted to amend the dated by-law to extend the same membership opportunity to eligible males.

Appropriately, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW has changed its official name to the VFW Auxiliary.

“It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Auxiliary,” said National President Francisca Guilford. “Women comprise nearly twenty percent of our nation’s military, and this change allows all spouses, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons and brothers to serve others in honor of their veteran.”

Currently, the Auxiliary has more than 465,000 members, a number that is now expected to sharply increase over the next year. Its members represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, several foreign locations including Germany, Guam and Panama, and have made an impact in local communities around the globe.

Last year alone, its members worked to provide $4.6 million dollars in monetary aid to veterans, active duty military and their families, and volunteered nearly 800,000 hours in VA Medical Centers, hospitals, nursing and veterans’ homes. Auxiliary members also contributed greatly to cancer research, youth activities, civic patriotism and much more.

For more information about the VFW Auxiliary, please visit www.vfwauxiliary.org.

(via VFW.org)


VFW Service Officer now has office hours at the Brockton VAMC

Department of Massachusetts

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

The Department Service Office is available for ALL veterans needing claims assistance. Whether you are filing an initial VA claim, requesting an increase in benefits or would like to file a notice of disagreement with a recent claim – we are here to assist you.

If you reside anywhere in the south region (Boston to the Cape) – Assistant State Service Officer Michael Raymond is working specifically for you. You no longer need to drive into downtown Boston, we will come to your local VFW Post and also have a remote office located at the Brockton VAMC that is open each Tuesday between

10am – 2pm starting September 1, 2015.

Please contact Michael Raymond at: (603) 608-6898

or email: ChaplainRaymond@aol.com to schedule an appointment or to meet at the Brockton VAMC.

The Brockton VAMC Office is located at 940 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301. The VFW office is located in Building 3, Floor 5, Room A-503 (next to the Dental Clinic).

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Contact Massachusetts Judiciary Committee to Pass Stolen Valor Act

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Please forward the below information to the membership.  We asked that every member and supporter  send an email to the below recipients to urgently pass H1641 “Stole Valor Act” and move it out of committee.  Members and supports can copy and paste the text below and address it to the Chairmen’s and Judiciary Committee  members.
Dear Chairman Brownsberger and Chairman Fernandes and members of the Judiciary Committee,
Please support H.1641 An Act concerning false representation of military status- otherwise known as the Stolen Valor act- filed by Representative John Velis. This bill would make Massachusetts one of the toughest states in the nation in protecting the valor of the members of our military. Our veterans and service members sacrifice so much for us and it is important that we protect the valor they earned.
The Stolen Valor bill has more than fifty cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. It has received widespread support from the people of the Commonwealth. Please vote for this bill to be favorably released from the Judiciary Committee.
Thank you,

 (Insert Your Name Here)

Email to:

Judiciary Committee Chairs:







Newspaper Deadline


State Commander Joseph S. Stavolta would like to start off the year with a GREAT newspaper, getting “Back to Basics”.  Communication is key!

Please submit what you, your post or post members have done this summer!  Community service, cook outs, fund raisers, up coming events!!

Is there something you would like to see the Department publish in the newspaper?

The deadline is AUGUST 5TH!!!  Please get your articles and pictures in as soon as possible.

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