VFW Action Corps Weekly, December 20, 2019



December 20, 2019 This is the last edition of the Action Corps Weekly for 2019. The next edition will be on Jan. 10, 2020. We wish you a wonderful holiday season! In This Issue:1. VFW Hosts Wounded Wa

December 20, 2019

This is the last edition of the Action Corps Weekly for 2019. The next edition will be on Jan. 10, 2020. We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

In This Issue:
1. VFW Hosts Wounded Warriors Dinner
2. Congress Passes NDAA Conference Agreement
3. Congress Axed the Widow's Tax
4. Congress Strikes Budget Deal, Avoids Shutdown
5. Legislation Introduced in Senate to Expand the Veterans Legacy Program
6. Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Number Approved
7. National Guard Border Duty to Count Toward GI Bill Benefits
8. Air Force Awards $50K Grant to Help Treat Infertility
9. Potential Tobacco Sales Ban for People Under 21 Will Affect the Military Too
10. MIA Update
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VFW Action Corps Weekly, December 13, 2019



December 13, 2019 In This Issue:1. Urge the Senate to Pass the FY2020 NDAA2. VFW Participates in Widow's Tax Press Conference3. VFW Priorities Included in NDAA Conference Agreement4. Certain Veterans

December 13, 2019

In This Issue:
1. Urge the Senate to Pass the FY2020 NDAA
2. VFW Participates in Widow's Tax Press Conference
3. VFW Priorities Included in NDAA Conference Agreement
4. Certain Veterans Can Now Be Part of a Class Action Lawsuit
5. How Veterans Can Access Commissaries and MWR Facilities
6. MIA Update

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ACTION ALERT: Help #FinishtheFight to #AxeWidowsTax



Update:More than 65,000 surviving military spouses and dependents are unjustly required to forfeit up to $1,319 of earned benefits every month. The message the aptly termed "Widow's Tax" sends to serv



Update:
More than 65,000 surviving military spouses and dependents are unjustly required to forfeit up to $1,319 of earned benefits every month. The message the aptly termed "Widow's Tax" sends to service members, veterans, and their families is that our government salutes their service while in uniform, but they cost too much if they die on active duty or from service-connected conditions. 

For the first time ever, a provision to eliminate the Widow's Tax has been included in this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 
WE NEED YOU! HELP US #FinishtheFight and correct this egregious wrong once and for all.
Take Action:
Contact your members of Congress and urge them to pass the FY2020 NDAA! Tell them that Congress has the opportunity to #FinishtheFight to #AxeWidowsTax and make military surviving spouses whole!

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VFW Action Corps Weekly, December 6, 2019



December 6, 2019 In This Issue:1. Remembering Our Fallen at Pearl Harbor2. VFW Leadership Visits White House3. House Committee Passes the IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act4. Citizenship for Children

December 6, 2019

In This Issue:
1. Remembering Our Fallen at Pearl Harbor
2. VFW Leadership Visits White House
3. House Committee Passes the IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act
4. Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act Passed
5. Senate Holds Hearing on Military Housing
6. House Holds Hearing on Military Housing
7. National Wreaths Across America Day is December 14
8. Atlanta Area TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries Have a New Option
9. MIA Update
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DoD to extend Commissary/BX/MWR privileges to Veterans, MISSION Act Urgent Care, Lay Wreaths on Veteran Graves



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National Wreaths Across America Day is December 14th

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization that has coordinated laying Christmas wreaths on Veteran's graves every year since 2007. Their mission involves honoring and remembering Veterans around the holiday season. You can get involved and volunteer to lay wreaths!

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Veterans need Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) to access bases for commissary/BX/MWR privileges

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The Defense Department has announced expanded Commissary, Military Service Exchange and MWR access for Veterans on Jan. 1 and established a standard for physical access to military installations.

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K9s for Warriors provides service dogs for Post-9/11 Veterans

K9S FOR WARRIORS
K9s for Warriors is a non-profit organization that provides trained service dogs for Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma related to their service. The group helps to end Veteran suicide and to restore dignity and independence to those who have served in the military.

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Continuing the Fight: Veterans at the CIA

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Veterans comprise nearly 15% of CIA's workforce, and the CIA continues to serve alongside our military partners across the globe. CIA, the broader Intelligence Community, and the American people benefit from the insight and impact of Veterans who bring to their work a wealth of experience and knowledge.

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VA MISSION Act: Answers to questions about VA's urgent care benefit

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There are no urgent care clinics in my area. What do I do?

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Borne The Battle: Wayne Hanson

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As Christmas draws near, Army Veteran Wayne Hanson reminds us to honor our Veterans during the holiday season. Every year on December 14th, Wreaths Across America celebrates Wreath Day by placing wreaths for fallen Veterans. Hanson discusses his work with Wreaths Across America and his desire to help these fallen soldiers be remembered.

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