Media Talking Points about the VFW’s Mission and Priorities
- The VFW is so much more than a place to get refreshments. The
VFW has a long list of accomplishments that have helped veterans,
military personnel and their families. The VFW reaches out to all
veterans—including those who have served in the War on Terror—to serve,
represent and support them. Our mission of "honoring the dead by helping
the living” is just as vital today to veterans, military troops and the
community than it has ever been. We exist to serve others first and
foremost through VFW programs and activities, not just as a social
gathering spot. All Posts are urged to follow this mission of impacting
lives through service and outreach.
- The VFW is very active on the legislative front. Most
of the state and federal benefits that veterans, troops and their
families receive is due in part from the VFW’s fighting hard to make
sure politicians deliver what they promised. Every year, we visit the
nation’s Capitol and testify before Congress to make sure our veterans
and their families get the highest possible level of support from
government agencies. We are fighting to make sure the VA health system
provides veterans with the best healthcare they were promised. We also
make sure legislation to pass more costs on to veterans is defeated
because veterans deserve the support of a grateful nation. We urge the
VA system to better manage its patient caseload to reduce backlogs and
to ensure that veterans get the best possible quality in healthcare. We
hold politicians accountable when they don’t hold true to promises they
made during election campaigns.
- We help veterans, troops and their loved ones learn about and receive the benefits and services from the government. We
represent them before the VA and will even guide them through the
claims appeals process. PA VFW Service Officers help veterans to recover
an average of $30 million in federal benefits each year. Our State
Service Officers are located throughout Michigan and we even make
house visits to serve home bound veterans and their survivors.
- Every year, VFW units contribute donations and volunteer service to make life better for people from all walks of life by
making communities safer, giving youth positive programs to participate
in, helping needy families, supporting charities and doing much more.
Many Posts donate funds annually to police departments, fire companies,
ambulance services, food pantries, homeless shelters, projects helping
less fortunate and disabled persons, and many more causes.
VFW works hard to improve the lives of veterans including disabled
veterans, homeless veterans and those suffering from post traumatic
stress symptoms. No one knows better the struggles that combat
veterans live with than other combat veterans. This common bond is
shared regardless of what war a veteran fought in. The VFW is a
foundation of support for veterans experiencing hardship. We can also
help their families to understand and support their loved one who is a
combat veteran. We provide disabled veterans with transportation and
other assistance. We help veterans suffering from traumatic stress and
brain injuries to adjust to their civilian life.
- The VFW supports those serving our nation today as well as their families. We
adopt military units and support their families to make deployments a
little less stressful. The VFW gives out emergency grants to help
military families make ends meet during and after deployments. We attend
military functions to show our gratitude for their service. We give
free introductory memberships to veterans of the War on Terror or
service in UN Peacekeeping areas. We’re showing that the VFW is not just
an organization for the older veterans, but for veterans of all ages.
We want to include entire families in our activities and we support the
families when their loved ones are called to duty overseas.
- The VFW is proud that veterans 45 years old and younger make up the largest growing segment of the VFW membership. We
use our web site, our Facebook page, blast emails and our State Service
Officers to serve younger veterans. They know about our service
programs and how we supported them and their families while they were
deployed. They will find resources on our web site and our Facebook page
that keeps them updated on issues important to their futures and to
their well being.
- Many younger veterans are joining the even though they don’t intend to go to the post. They
know that with the VFW working behind the scenes for their rights and
their benefits that being a member will pay off for them today and in
support we receive from younger veterans will help us to stay strong so
the VFW will be around to serve future generations of veterans. The
participation of younger veterans is welcomed and will play a large
role in what the VFW will be in the future. They fought as hard and as
well as veterans from our previous wars and we look forward to them
coming into our VFW ranks to follow in our footsteps.