Magazine article VFW Magazine

Moving into the 21st Century

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Moving into the 21st Century

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Excerpts from the Chief's acceptance speech at his homecoming in El Paso.

Many people say there are tremendous challenges facing this great organization - the aging of the veteran population, a decline in membership, declining volunteerism, financial pressures and an unsympathetic congress to name just a few. I do not agree.

We must remember that in these changing times we are not overwhelmed by challenges - we are surrounded by opportunities. New opportunities include: a chance to interact with today's active duty force, allowing us to tell the magnificent VFW story of service to America's veterans to this new generation; a renewed commitment to our Washington office work; and devising new ways to allow our Departments to make more of the decisions that will determine their future success or failure - and this is just a start.

We are truly overwhelmed - but it is not by the challenges we face but rather from the opportunities that surround us.

By exploiting these opportunities, VFW will be the premier veterans service organization in the 21st century and keep the VFW dream alive.

Challenges in seven major areas must be met and gauged by new measures of success. These areas include:

Membership. Innovative ideas will be implemented to attract new and retain existing members.

VA Health Care System. VA medical centers must remain for veterans alone. Eligibility reform ensuring access for all qualified vets is a top priority.

VFW Washington Office. Restructuring and revitalization is under way to guarantee proactive stances. …

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