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CONGRESS PASSES EMERGENCY VA FUNDING BILL Eight members vote against veterans

CONGRESS PASSES EMERGENCY VA FUNDING BILL Eight members vote against veterans   WASHINGTON (August 1, 2014) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is relieved that Congress finally did what they were elected to do and passed…

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Purple Heart Eligibility Question

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has been asked to comment on an FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act requirement that tasks the Defense Department to review the Purple Heart’s current eligibility criteria.

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Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses and VA Benefits

Are you a Gulf War veteran? The 2012-13 Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force Report (PDF) details VA’s improvements in health care and services for 1990-91 Gulf War Veterans.

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Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarships

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and and one of its major supporters, Sport Clips Haircuts, have again partnered to help our veterans and their families.

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50th Anniversary Vietnam War

The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.” The commemoration period is from 2015-2017. Both military and civilian organizations will participate.

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Helen Denton Remembered

The Veterans of Foreign Wars lost a piece of history recently. Helen Denton, member of Georgia Department’s VFW Post 3650. Her simple obituary follows, but there is more. She was one of many thousands of World War II women in uniform, but she found herself on a path to D-Day and duty in Europe.

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USS ARIZONA AND USS MISSOURI GUNS

Here is a most unusual memorial in honor of those who served in World War II. Two guns from two battleships. One battleship saw the combat at the beginning of the war in Hawaii and the other served in Tokyo Bay as the surrender site. The guns are now a memorial in Arizona. Here is their story.

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USO Needs Volunteers

Live in or near Fayetteville? Want to make a difference? This is for anyone you know in Fayetteville area. Glen Borg is looking for USO volunteers for the Fayetteville Airport.

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D-Day 70th Anniversary

It will soon be 70 years since thousands of 17, 18, 19, and 20 year-olds jumped out of planes, landed by gliders, stormed the beaches, climbed the cliffs, flew combat bombing missions, and bombarded the coasts of Normandy. Let us not forget their sacrifices! Let’s salute and honor those who remain with us in our communities. Plan for commemorative events and recognition of our World War II veterans in our posts and in our towns.

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MOH Recipient Dead at 82

Cpl. Rodolfo Perez “Rudy” Hernandez fought on the battlefields of Korea and was awarded the the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was honored recently at the Fayetteville Veterans Day parade. He took ill soon thereafter and was found to have cancer. 82-year-old Rudy Hernandez died early Saturday at Womack Army Medical Center.

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