* * * LEGISLATIVE SERVICE * * *
The VFW's presence
on Capitol Hill allows VFW officials to monitor and lobby Congress
for legislative action targeted
toward maintaining a strong national defense and improving military benefits and quality of life for all veterans,
including those currently serving in the active-duty military, the National Guard and the Reserves.
The mission of the VFW National Legislative Service is to represent
the VFW position on various issues with the
VFW's own priority goals in mind, combined with the support of 2.1 million members and it's auxiliaries, Our voice on "The Hill".
This is accomplished through testifying at congressional committee hearings as well as interacting directly with members of Congress
and their staffs, and the staffs of Committees having jurisdiction over veterans legislation. The NLS not only works for the advancement of legislation beneficial to veterans but, also, has the responsibility to bring about defeat of legislation detrimental to our Nation's veterans.
VFW has played an instrumental role in nearly
every piece of veteran legislation passed in the 20th and 21st
Most recently, VFW efforts halted the VA proposal to re-review more than 70,000 diagnosed cases of post-traumatic
stress disorder. The review's sole purpose was to revoke awards for disability compensation under the guise of fraud review.
One of VFW's most
successful legislative accomplishments has been making college
education affordable for military service members.
Our work helped
lead to the signing of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights, the Montgomery GI
Bill in 1984, and the new 21st Century GI Bill in 2008.
learn more about VFW victories in our first 100 years (1899-1999) by
reading our comprehensive list of
Department of Nevada Posts and Auxiliaries support legislative
services with contributions to maintain VFW's presence
on Capitol Hill. The department's representative serves on the Legislative Committee to set priority goals for each year.