Magazine article VFW Magazine

Engaged at Home and Abroad

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Engaged at Home and Abroad

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In his acceptance speech, the Chief outlined some of the issues facing veterans today.

America is now in the second year of its war against al Qaeda, the international, radical Islamic terrorist network responsible for the three attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A global conflict like none other waged in U.S. history, it requires an extra-special fortitude on the part of the nation. Besides supporting the troops on the line in Afghanistan, VFW members can do their part on the home front in their local communities.

Homeland defense is more critical now than ever. Local Citizen Corps Councils-an element of the federal USA Freedom Corps-assist public safety personnel. Such councils are ideal outlets for VFW Post or individual member participation in emergency service efforts.

All inclusive in the war support effort is backing the armed forces-- active duty, National Guard and Reserve. On the tangible side, they deserve fair pay, livable housing and adequate health care, as well as equitable education benefits upon discharge from active service.

Intangibly, the troops should expect moral support, gratitude and public respect. Adopting units and funding Operation Uplink are ways to make all these factors a reality. To facilitate such endeavors, a new five-person Military Assistance Program Committee has been created.

In line with this move, VFW's Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program will expand to four new military bases, bringing the total to 10. BDD is an integral part of National Veterans Service, which is charged with overseeing issues affecting VA benefits. …

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