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VA announced a new work group of subject matter experts will review the incidence of brain cancer in Gulf War Veterans. The group will study those veterans whom may have been exposed to chemical agents during the demolition of an ammunition depot near Khamisiyah Iraq in March of 1991. More information on health effects of Gulf War exposures can be found at www.publichealth.va.gov/exposure/sources/chem-bio-weapons.asp. *** Information courtesy of the Gulf War...Read More
The VFW and one of its major supporters, Sport Clips Haircuts, have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It’s just another way to say “thank you” to those who deserve it the most. Please see below for full details on the scholarship program and to apply. As of the date this article is posted, there are no South Dakota Veterans in this program. Post 628 highly encourages all veterans to apply for a $5000 scholarship. You, as a veteran, have earned it. SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS: Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants Limited to one per family per semester Applications for the fall semester will be accepted January 1 through April 30 Applications for the spring semester will be accepted August 1 through November 15 Fall semester scholarships will be awarded in August, and spring semester scholarships will be awarded in January Scholarships must be used by the end of the school semester for which the veteran is applying or they will become null and void Scholarships are restricted for tuition and fees only and will be paid directly to accredited schools ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS MUST: Be a citizen of the United States Be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve Have completed Basic Training and follow-on training (Advanced Individual Training, Technical school, etc.) Separated with or currently hold a military rank of E-5 or below Demonstrate a need for financial assistance Participate in, be accepted to or...Read More
The theme for this year’s State Fair is “Sew it, Grow it, Show it!” And South Dakota can be proud that we have grown some of the greatest heroes in the country!!!!! Thursday, September 3, at Veterans Day at the State Fair is a great opportunity to honor all the HEROES we have grown! The official program starts at 10:00 am. The South Dakota Fallen Heroes Banners will be on display during the Fair. Representatives from the Veterans Service Organizations, the MJF Veterans Home and the county and tribal veterans service officers will have an informational booth in the Veterans Building on Flag Avenue. This booth will be staffed throughout the span of the fair and will give veterans an opportunity to talk to experts about bene- fits and programs available to them as well. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms. At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, the South Dakota State Fair will host a “Salute to Veterans” program. The program will be held on the Northwest Energy Freedom Stage (Recreation Avenue). SDDVA’s State Veterans Service Officer Erin Bultje will be one of the speakers and will share the Depart- ment’s vision to honor the Korean War Veterans in 2016. ...Read More
In June, the VA sought private care for up to 180,00 veterans suffering from hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus that attacks the liver. The VA reserved $700 million to care for those with hepatitis C. Those funds are now depleted. The pills cost some $1000 each retail and $600 each with the VA discount. Treatment would last 12 to 24 weeks costing veterans up to $100,000 and costing the VA nearly 10 billion dollars. About 3,000 HCV vets died while in VA care this past year. Patients with less than 12 months to live will not be eligible. Veterans in a vegetative state or advanced dementia also are excluded. VA’s Director of HIV,HCV and Public-Health pathogens program disagreed with the decision to outsource the care of HCV...Read More
Today’s veterans can face any number of obstacles while furthering their education. That’s why the VFW partnered with Student Veterans of America (SVA), to be there for veterans while they pursue their education. SVA and the VFW are committed to ensuring our nation’s veterans succeed in their educational pursuits, community service endeavors, careers and personal lives. Working together, SVA Chapters and VFW Posts can help our nation’s veterans attain these goals. The missions and purposes of both organizations share a great deal of synergy. SVA offers peer support for veterans transitioning back to civilian life and academia, frequently after serving one or more deployments overseas. The VFW provides opportunities for camaraderie, community service and veterans advocacy to those who have honorably served in overseas conflicts. While SVA Chapters are unique amongst veterans groups with their location on campus, VFW Posts are located in the same communities off campus. These two organizations can experience great and mutual success working together through several key avenues of cooperation: Shared access to VFW Service Officers to help file disability claims Camaraderie, peer support and mentorship Cooperating on community and veterans service initiatives Conducting joint events, celebrations and recognition ceremonies Fellowship Opportunities, Use of VFW facilities Pooling community connections for mutual benefit Combined effort on local, state and national advocacy efforts to attain the best possible outcomes for veterans Access to VFW Help A Hero scholarships, With more than 6,800 VFW Posts and more than a thousand SVA Chapters, there are many opportunities for cooperation and engagement. Find a VFW Post or an SVA Chapter near you to get involved. ***Information courtesy of...Read More
VFW 628 TO FOSTER CAMARADERIE AMONG UNITED STATES VETERANS OF OVERSEAS CONFLICTS. TO SERVE OUR VETERANS, THE MILITARY, AND OUR COMMUNITIES. TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF ALL VETERANS.
To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
Always put the interests of our members first. Treat donors as partners in our cause. Promote patriotism. Honor military service. Ensure the care of veterans and their families. Serve our communities. Promote a positive image of the VFW. Respect the diversity of veteran opinions