Jun
22

VFW Salutes New Agent Orange Decision

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United is saluting today’s [last week’s] decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin accepting disability claims from veterans potentially exposed to Agent Orange-contaminated aircraft in the post-Vietnam era. The decision by VA Secretary Bob McDonald could now benefit as many as 1,500 to 2,100 Air Force and Air Force Reserve personnel who might suffer from any of 14 presumptive medical conditions that have been determined to be related to Agent Orange exposure.

The VA secretary made the decision to expand benefits following a 2015 report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine on Post-Vietnam Dioxin Exposure in Agent Orange-Contaminated C-123 Aircraft. The report found evidence that those who served aboard or worked on the C-123 aircraft were exposed to the herbicide, both during and after Vietnam, when many of the aircraft remained in service for aeromedical transportation or in a mosquito abatement role back in the U.S.

“The VFW has been pushing for this decision for years,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, “because something inside these aircraft was making people sick years after the plane last flew a defoliating mission in Vietnam. We thank the Institute of Medicine for determining a contributing link between exposure and the 14 medical conditions, and Secretary McDonald for making a quick call to care for more veterans.”

All airmen who were assigned to flight, ground or medical crew duties at Lockbourne/Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Ohio (the 906th and 907th Tactical Air Groups or 355th and 356th Tactical Airlift Squadrons), at Massachusetts’s Westover AFB (the 731st Tactical Air Squadron and 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron), or with the 758th Airlift Squadron in Pittsburgh, during the period 1969 to 1986, and who may have developed an Agent Orange-related disability, are encouraged to file a disability compensation claim through the VA’s eBenefits web portal (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/), or to seek the free and expert assistance of a national VFW Service Officer at http://www.vfw.org/NVS/.

Read more about the today’s [last week’s] decision at http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/20825/va-expands-disability-benefits-for-air-force-personnel-exposed-to-contaminated-c-123-aircraft/.

(via VFW.org)

Jun
17

116th VFW National Convention

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Click on the link below for more information about the National Convention, Hotel info and much more…

http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Events/116th-VFW-National-Convention/

 

 

Jun
17

“Stolen Valor Act” to be heard by the Judicial Committee

MA House Bill H.1641 189th (Current)  Known as the “Stole Valor Act”

is Schedule to go before the Judicial Committee
on July 22, 2015

Tentative Time:1pm (may change 48 hours prior)

We are seeking as many Veterans,, families and supporters from across the State to attend and support this bill.

“Stole Valor Act” if passed will be one of the strongest bills across the country concerning the false representation of military status

Introduced by Rep. John Velis- Westfield, MA

Also Contact the Chair(s) of the committee below and voice your support and urge passage.

House Chair on Judicial
John V. Fernandes
Representative
D Milford

Senate Chair:
William Brownsberger
D-Belmont
Phone: 617-722-1280
Email: William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov

 

Jun
15

Newly Elected Officers for 2015-2016

Congratulations to our newly elected State Officers for the 2015-2016 year:
Joseph Stavolta, Commander
Brian Martin, Sr.Vice Commander
Eric Segundo, Jr. Vice Commander
Stan King, Quartermaster
Keith Jackson, Judge Advocate
Bryan P O’Brien State Surgeon
Father Garlick, Chaplain

And newly appointed State Adjutant Allison Joy Cumming

Jun
03

Convention Schedule

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Jun
03

100% Posts, District Totals and Recruiter Count

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Apr
29

VFW: CNN ANCHOR COMMENT DEVOID OF REALITY

VFW: CNN ANCHOR COMMENT DEVOID OF REALITY

STATEMENT DISPLAYS IGNORANCE ABOUT MILITARY SERVICE
April 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Amidst the Baltimore street rioting this week came an on-air comment Tuesday from CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin that seemingly blamed the tension on military veterans who return from war and become police officers prepared to do battle in communities they don’t know.

She publicly apologized this morning, but the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States believes her statement and those of many other media pundits display an ignorance about what it means to serve in the uniform of their country.

“No one wants peace more than those who wear the badge and those who wear the uniform,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud. “To have someone in the press make a personal statement that, apology or not, accuses military veterans as being the aggressors is as unacceptable as it is insulting.

“Our country should celebrate the fact that highly trained and motivated veterans are choosing to continue serving their nation and communities as police officers — a profession, just like the military, that most Americans would fail even the most basic entrance requirements,” he said. “Journalistic standards should demand better than accusatory statements made without any facts or reality.” The VFW asks all veterans, military and family members to view her on-air comment and the ensuing apology, and if so compelled, to let her know your thoughts through CNN’s viewer feedback link here.

Apr
29

VFW Calls New VA Appropriations Bill ‘Bad for Veterans’

WASHINGTON — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States said the U.S. House of Representatives is set to penalize disabled veterans this week if it votes to reduce the Department of Veterans Affairs budget request by more than $1.5 billion.

“The nationwide crisis in care and confidence that erupted in the VA last year was caused in many ways by a lack of adequate resourcing that only Congress is authorized to provide,” said John W. Stroud, who leads the 1.9 million-member VFW and its Auxiliaries. “That’s why the VFW is demanding that the House amend this bill to appropriate a funding level that fully funds VA.”

In its current form, the fiscal year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill makes across-the-board cuts to all VA discretionary accounts, and drastically underfunds medical care, major construction and Information Technology accounts. Stroud said across-the-board cuts to discretionary spending is what Congress created back in 2011, but by another name, sequestration. Now the House wants to impose its own sequester on a federal department whose sole mission is to care for wounded, ill and injured veterans.

“The VA cannot fulfill its mission without proper funding, but the House for whatever reason now wants to ration care, eliminate infrastructure projects, and stop improving upon the programs and services that the VA was created to provide,” said the VFW national commander. “This bill is bad for veterans and any vote for it is unconscionable, which is why we want veterans and advocates everywhere to get involved by urging their elected officials to fully fund the VA.”

Make your voices heard here.

via VFW.org

Apr
28

VFW CALLS NEW VA APPROPRIATIONS BILL ‘BAD FOR VETERANS’

VFW CALLS NEW VA APPROPRIATIONS BILL ‘BAD FOR VETERANS’

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS SET TO PENALIZE DISABLED VETERANS
April 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States said the U.S. House of Representatives is set to penalize disabled veterans this week if it votes to reduce the Department of Veterans Affairs budget request by more than $1.5 billion.

“The nationwide crisis in care and confidence that erupted in the VA last year was caused in many ways by a lack of adequate resourcing that only Congress is authorized to provide,” said John W. Stroud, who leads the 1.9 million-member VFW and its Auxiliaries. “That’s why the VFW is demanding that the House amend this bill to appropriate a funding level that fully funds VA.”

In its current form, the fiscal year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill makes across-the-board cuts to all VA discretionary accounts, and drastically underfunds medical care, major construction and Information Technology accounts. Stroud said across-the-board cuts to discretionary spending is what Congress created back in 2011, but by another name, sequestration. Now the House wants to impose its own sequester on a federal department whose sole mission is to care for wounded, ill and injured veterans.

“The VA cannot fulfill its mission without proper funding, but the House for whatever reason now wants to ration care, eliminate infrastructure projects, and stop improving upon the programs and services that the VA was created to provide,” said the VFW national commander. “This bill is bad for veterans and any vote for it is unconscionable, which is why we want veterans and advocates everywhere to get involved by urging their elected officials to fully fund the VA.”

Apr
21

NEW Department Newsletter

The Newest issued of the Department Newsletter   MA-VFW-44.3-Web-Proof-3.pdf (64 downloads )

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