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
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is promulgating regulations to implement statutory authority to provide payment or reimbursement for hospital care and medical services provided to certain veterans’ family members who resided at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for at least 30 days during the period beginning on January 1, 1957, and ending on December 31, 1987. Under this rule, VA will reimburse family members, or pay providers, for medical expenses incurred as a result of certain illnesses and conditions that may be attributed to exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune during this time period. Payment or reimbursement will be made within the limitations set forth in statute and Camp Lejeune family members will receive hospital care and medical services that are consistent with the manner in which we provide hospital care and medical services to Camp Lejeune veterans. Written comments may be submitted by email through http://www.regulations.gov; by mail or hand-delivery to Director, Regulation Policy and Management (02REG), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Room 1068, Washington, DC 20420; or by fax to (202) 273-9026. Comments should indicate that they are submitted in response to “RIN 2900-AO79, Payment or Reimbursement for Certain Medical Expenses for Camp Lejeune Family Members.” Copies of comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of Regulation Policy and Management, Room 1068, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). Please call (202) 461-4902 for an appointment. (This is not a toll-free number.) In addition, comments may be viewed online through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http://www.regulations.gov. Terry Walters, Deputy Chief Consultant Post-Deployment Health, Office of Public Health (10P3A), Veterans Health Administration, 810 Vermont...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