VFW Action Corps Weekly, March 27, 2020



March 27, 2020In This Issue:1. VA Making Adjustments to MISSION Act During COVID-19 Pandemic2. Senate Passes Legislation to Expand Access to Tele-Hearings3. Share Your Story4. National Vietnam War Vet

March 27, 2020

In This Issue:


1. VA Making Adjustments to MISSION Act During COVID-19 Pandemic
2. Senate Passes Legislation to Expand Access to Tele-Hearings
3. Share Your Story
4. National Vietnam War Veterans Day to Be Honored Virtually
5. Retired VA Health Care Workers Are Called to Serve
6. U.S. Army Gauging Interest of Retired Personnel to Assist with COVID-19 Response
7. U.S. Navy to Allow Enlistment Extensions and Veteran Re-Entry Due to COVID-19
8. VA Suspends Committal Services
9. Intimate Partner Violence Cases Rise with COVID-19 Pandemic
10. Red Cross Urges Healthy Individuals to Give Blood Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
11. Navy, Marine Corps Leaders Brief on COVID-19 Response
12. DOD Modeling for COVID-19 Helps with Response Planning
13. Thousands of Guardsmen Called Up for COVID-19 Response
14. Switch to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery During COVID-19 Outbreak
15. MIA Update

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Your March VFW Dispatch



March 2020

Last week, your fellow VFW members took your voice to Capitol Hill during the 2020 VFW Legislative Conference.
National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz testified before the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees, demanding accountability for failure to grant benefits to Vietnam and Post-9/11 veterans suffering from toxic exposures. Schmitz also addressed the VFW's top priorities for 2020 which include: VA appeals modernization, women veterans care and privacy, and the continued implementation of the VA MISSION Act.
Be sure to watch the full testimony, and join in on the #VFWDC2020 conversation on social media.
Respectfully,
Your VFW Membership Team

VFW: Hold VA Accountable

During his testimony before the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, VFW National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz addressed several of the VFW's top legislative priorities for 2020. See what he said

VFW Names $30,000 VOD Winner

The VFW proudly presented more than $200,000 in scholarships and awards as it named the national winners of its 2020 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions. See who took home the top $30,000 prize

Legislative Conference Recap

If you couldn't join us as we stormed Capitol Hill during last week's Legislative Conference, we have you covered. From the crowning of the VOD winner, to the Chief's testimony before the House and Senate, get the full recap and watch on demand here

NVS Helps Veteran Hear Again

A proud father of four, Navy veteran Guy Wassather was struggling to communicate with his children and wife, especially in loud settings. At a loss for what to do, a friend referred him to the VFW's NVS program.

VA MISSION Act Update

As a follow-up to its 2019 report, the Independent Budget recently released a critical issue update which evaluates progress on 26 key recommendations previously made to help ensure the VA MISSION Act will be wholly and effectively implemented
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Veterans Benefits Newsletter | March 2020



IT Career Training | Appeals Options| Women Veterans Month | American Legion

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March 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter

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Train for a Career in IT

Do you have at least one day of GI Bill entitlement remaining and are seeking a career in the high-tech industry? VA's Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses pilot program, or VET TEC, can help you reach that goal. VET TEC will pay tuition and fees as well as a housing allowance while you earn your certification. Learn more about how the VET TEC program can help you with a career in IT!
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Improving Veterans Appeals

VA is committed to helping you through your appeals process. Appeals Modernization provides Veterans with three review lanes from which to choose from. Learn how Veterans can appeal a compensation claim decision directly to the Board of Veterans' Appeals.

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Supporting Women Veterans

Women Veterans have a long and important history of service in the U.S. military. VA is dedicated to providing them with a wide range of benefit services and programs. Learn about the benefits available to you, as well as the services provided at VA's Center for Women Veterans.

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Follow Us on Instagram

Did you know you can follow Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) on Instagram? Be one of the first to learn about benefit updates, VBA job openings, events, and stories of fellow Veterans by following @vabenefits on Instagram today!
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The American Legion at 101

The American Legion, which turns 101 years old in March, is the nation's largest Veterans Service Organization. Growing in membership this year after passage of the 2019 LEGION Act, the American Legion remains committed to its core pillars of service and support for Veterans, defense, youth, and Americanism. American Legion Magazine Editor, Jeff Stoffer, recently spoke with VA Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D., about VBA's pursuit of its #BestYearEver.

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