Magazine article VFW Magazine

Second Century of Service

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Second Century of Service

Article excerpt

Volunteer activism must be the hallmark of the VFW extending into every aspect of America's civic life.

Traditionally, VFW's areas of volunteer activism have reached into every sector of society. Our commitment to community service is second to none. Whether that volunteerism takes the form of time spent in the VA's Voluntary Service, working with Voice of Democracy or participating in classroom projects, the end results benefit people.

Posts are the rock upon which this organization was built. And it is at the local level where our public face is best known. Posts' good works are what creates a positive image. Despite countless civic enterprises, the general public still remains largely unaware of the VFW's role in communities. This is where the Post public relations officer enters the picture. Public acknowledgment has a direct correlation to membership. To steer VFW on a course of sustained growth, and tap into the pool of 10 million eligibles, we must work more with the community at-large.

But first we must carefully look at what we are doing wrong. Our foremost failure is not letting the world know of the VFW's good deeds or of its causes. And that means taking strong stands on vital issues. Rejuvenating our organization-making it vibrant and viable-will allow us to tackle such national issues head on.

These include Medicare reimbursement, a constitutional amendment to protect the flag, long-term health care, a VA budget adequate to meet the needs of all veterans who want to use the system, assisting those in uniform, withdrawal of U. …

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