Youth and Education
“Awards Luncheon” & C of A
C of A – VOD & Patriot’s Pen Awards Program:
Feb. 13, 2016 Oahu Veteran Center (OVC)
C of A: 0915 – 1030————–0800-900 Continental Breakfast
VOD & Patriot’s Pen Program 1115 – 1300
Lunch – $12.00, includes water & soft drinks
1 Student Veteran
Today’s veterans can face any number of obstacles while furthering their education. Taking advantage of all the GI Bill benefits they’ve earned and DESERVE shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why the VFW, in conjunction with the Student Veterans of America (SVA), developed the 1 Student Veteran program. 1 Student Veteran offers direct assistance to student veterans who have questions or are experiencing problems accessing their GI Bill benefits.
VFW seeks to ensure student veterans receive their GI Bill benefits in a timely manner and have a place to turn to if they need help. Our direct access to VA Regional Offices across the country means that we can work quickly to provide our student veterans with timely and accurate answers regarding the complex education claims process. Furthermore, our direct access to education claims adjudicators means that those whose benefits have been wrongfully denied, delayed during a transfer from one school to another or paid in error, will not have to wait the months it would traditionally take to file a formal appeal.
Veterans who send a message to 1 Student Veteran will receive a reply from a VFW staff member who specializes in student veteran issues within 24 hours or the next business day.
No one knows the GI Bill better than the VFW. After all, we played a major role in the passage of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights, the Montgomery GI Bill Act of 1984 and the recent Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Again, today’s student veterans have enough to worry about. The peace of mind that 1 Student Veteran can immediately work to provide is just another way we’re able to thank our veterans for all they’ve sacrificed for our freedom.
Each year three exceptional teachers are recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and patriotism to their students. The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics—at least half of the school day in a classroom environment—and promote America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.
How a Post interacts with its community determines the relevancy of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Someone once said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
The VFW and its Auxiliary’s ability to impact veterans, youth, political issues, patriotism, civic pride, volunteerism, almost anything you can name, is directly dependent upon the Post being recognized as a caring and involved participant in the community.
Hopefully, this guide will provide some ideas as to how a Post can create and grow the kind of reputation that will benefit their community and themselves. The impact on the community is immeasurable. The benefit to the Post is new members, more effective fundraising, greater participation in events and tremendous goodwill.
The Post is, for most Americans, the only thing they know about the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Make sure those Americans in your community have a favorable opinion of our great organization and our veterans.
VFW, SVA Fellowship Program to Bring Student Veterans to Capitol Hill
New fellowship will allow today’s student veterans to share their concerns with Congress
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 3, 2014) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. announced a new program developed in conjunction with Student Veterans of America (SVA) that will offer legislative fellowship opportunities for up to 10 student veterans to join VFW advocates on Capitol Hill next March. The announcement came at the start of the 2014 SVA Leadership Summit, hosted by the VFW.
Student veterans interested in the new VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship must complete an application package that includes an essay discussing one of the VFW’s Legislative Priority Goals, and how that priority goal applies to the veterans’ community at large. Selected fellows will then be flown to Washington, D.C., to storm Capitol Hill alongside fellow veterans’ advocates as part of the 2015 VFW Legislative Conference, March 1-5. All applications must be submitted to the VFW by Dec. 31, 2014.
“The VFW has been at the forefront of advocating for veterans, service members and their families for more than a century,” said VFW National Commander John Stroud, a retired Air Force first sergeant from Hawthorne, Nev.
“We are proud to extend this unique opportunity to the newest generation of veteran leaders through our continued partnership with Student Veterans of America,” said Stroud, a former student veteran who graduated from Embry-Riddle University in 1990. “The VFW sees SVA members advocating on college campuses across the country every day. This fellowship will enable them to bring that concern and passion for their fellow student veterans directly to Capitol Hill, where they can and will make a difference on the national level not only for their generation, but for those that will follow.”
VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowships are open to student veterans at SVA chapters nationwide. Candidates must also satisfy VFW membership criteria, which can be found here. For full details about the fellowship and to apply, visit: www.vfw.org/StudentFellowship.
The VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship is the latest collaboration between VFW and SVA that resulted from a memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations at the SVA National Conference in January 2013. To date, the collaboration has resulted in a variety of initiatives such as commissioning VFW Student Veteran Liaisons in every state; establishing the 1 Student Veteran education benefits assistance program; and successfully pushing for in-state tuition for veterans via the #InState4Vets campaign.
ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans’ service organization comprised of combat veterans and eligible military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans’ organization. With nearly 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,900 Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs worldwide. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.
CONTACT: Ryan Gallucci, National Veterans Service Deputy Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.