Magazine article VFW Magazine

Making a Difference

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Making a Difference

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Consistent involvement in the electoral arena is crucial in 2000.

To meet the challenges of the 21 st century, VFW will adapt to the needs of today's veterans and armed forces. In this vein, two new, special committees are being created.

The Diversity Committee will specifically address issues of importance to minority and women veterans. With these two groups becoming an ever-increasing share of the nation's veterans, this is a vital step. The Military Affairs Committee will focus on the needs of not only active duty personnel, but the National Guard and Reserves as well.

But to effectively represent these and all of America's other veterans, political grassroots activism must be a priority. To that end, the National Legislative Committee has been restructured to include a full-time member from each state. An extensive training program for these members becomes available this month. Computer technology can and will be brought to bear to make the NLC respected.

Veterans and military personnel must be a priority of Congress and this Administration. Effective use of VFW's political clout also will prevent the VA from ever again being led by an individual too weak or indifferent to fully and properly champion veterans causes on Capitol Hill.

The President has to be held to his recent pledge: "The troops of tomorrow will only be as good as our commitment to veterans today" Only VFW members getting visibly involved in the election process-from the primaries to the general election in November 2000-can ensure accountability. …

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