Throughout our history, the VFW’s collective voice has had a strong influence on decisions made in Washington, D.C. Speaking together today, more than 2.2 million VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members capture the attention of political and administration leaders far beyond what a single veteran’s voice can accomplish.
The VFW’s National Legislative Service (NLS) ensures that your rights and interests as combat veterans are heard during congressional hearings and meetings with lawmakers. NLS activities create support for bills that benefit you and help to defeat legislation that weakens veterans programs. Simply put, the VFW is the nation’s most effective combat veterans advocacy group. Your membership and call to action responses are critical to our success.
VFW Successes in Congress
Here are a few of the VFW’s many legislative and government administrative victories:
- Both the original and modern GI Bills
- Vocational Rehab for returning wounded warriors
- Creation of the VA healthcare system
- Specialized programs to help wounded warriors with TBI, PTSD and Sexual Trauma
- New VA programs specifically to serve women veterans
- Measures to improve the backlog, efficiency and accuracy of VA claims handling
- Steps to ensure the confidentiality of VA patient information
- Creating Programs to Reduce Veterans Unemployment and Homelessness
- Maintaining Nat’l Defense Funding and Military Pay/Benefits
- Advanced Funding for all VA Programs to End Annual Budget Battles
- The End of Sequestration/Adoption of a Full National Budget
National Legislative Priorities
We are not resting on our past victories. The VFW’s NLS promotes new legislative and VA initiatives that will make a difference in your life. While veterans and military personnel work, go to college, raise a family and enjoy life, the VFW has your back. Click here to read the latest “VFW National Legislative Priorities” brochure. To watch VFW’s testimony to the U.S. Congress about veterans’ needs visit the Multimedia Page.
Washington Weekly E-newsletter
The NLS emails electronic updates to highlight major veterans’ issues on the move in D.C. and show how the VFW represents your interests. This e-newsletter also gives you links to contact your legislator when timely action is needed. Subscribe now.
For more information about the VFW NLS and its activities click here.
State Legislative Priorities
Many state issues impact veterans, their families and VFW Posts. That’s why Department officers and staff frequently visit with state lawmakers and participate in legislative hearings. State officers serve on the PA War Veterans Council and the State Veterans Commission to stay abreast of developments that could benefit or harm VFW members and Posts. Working with other veterans groups, our state legislative goals include:
- Expanding the PA Act 66 grant program to expand the State Veterans Service Officer Network
- Preserving Veterans Benefits and Creating New Veterans Support Programs When Needed
- Full funding for the DMVA Veterans Affairs Budget
- Maintaining levels of funding to transport disabled veterans to doctor appointments
- Maintaining the Gulf War Bonus program and creating a Global War on Terrorism Bonus program
- Continued funding for the blinded and paralyzed veterans pensions, and the state Veterans Trust Fund
- Preserving a real estate tax exemption for disabled veterans
- Pursuing goals recommended in a state survey that showed a need for more State Veterans Homes
- Urging legislators to fully fund the Act 66 Service Officer Outreach Grant program
- Ensuring the Veterans Preference is applied in hirings through the State Civil Service Commission
- Increasing the required minimum percentage of state contracts are awarded to veteran-owned businesses.
To learn about the Department’s state legislative priorities contact the State Adjutant at (717) 234-7927.