VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship

We have a couple of hard deadlines and also a few exciting ways to engaged your chapters.  As many of you know, this Saturday is our national say of action for mental health, A Day to Change Direction.  If you have posts that are near colleges, tech schools or universities, it would be a great opportunity to invite them to see what the VFW is about.  This can also count towards your 3 activites with SVA chapters, I’ve attached the report form.

The most important thing to continue to push for is the VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship.  The deadline is Oct. 21st and we want to make sure students in your network are prevented with the opportunity.  The Help A Hero Scholarship is still taking applicants for Spring 2017, the deadline in November 15th.

Important links:

Help A Hero Scholarship: https://www.vfw.org/Scholarship/

VFW-SVA Fellowship: http://studentveterans.org/programs/vfw-sva-legislative-fellowship

Helping Students Affected By ITT Tech: http://studentveterans.org/programs/itt-tech-closure-guidance

Remembering Our Fallen




…a fundraiser for Remembering Our Fallen


2-3pm – Veterans Reunite
2:45pm – Aerial Photo – All Veterans – Parking Lot
3-4pm – Program
Embassy Suites La Vista 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE (Exit 442 on I-80)

Please RSVP Below!

I am unable to attend, but would still like to donate!

Over 2,600 veterans have participated in flights to Washington D.C. and this is an opportunity for a reunion of friendships and memories.
This event is open to all veterans, Home Front participants, family members, Gold Star families, volunteers, and the public. Relive your memories, connect with other veterans and help Patriotic Productions complete their mission of a national tour for Remembering Our Fallen from Iraq & Afghanistan.

There is no admission charge, but it is a fundraiser for the national tour of Remembering Our Fallen, launching in 2017.  More information about this new effort originating in Nebraska, including renderings of the national memorial, will be shared at the event.

Please join us at this complimentary event featuring light snacks, cash bar, brass band, Remembering Our Fallen memorials and a celebratory reflection of all ten Honor Flights, including favorite flight memories shared by Bill Williams.

If you participated in a flight, please wear your polo shirt.
If you would like to make it a special weekend, Embassy Suites and Courtyard by Marriott are offering special group rates:

Book your Embassy Suites La Vista group rate for the Veteran Reunion

Book your Courtyard by Marriott La Vista group rate for the Veteran Reunion

Saunders County Veterans Memorial dedication

Several members of the Wahoo VFW Post 4502 & Legion assisted in the recent Saunders County Veterans Memorial dedication on 25 September 2016. Congressmen Fortenberry who attended and spoke at the event.

Troy Paisley
VFW 4502 VFW Commander


Saunders County Veterans Memorial

For years the community of Wahoo and the surrounding towns in Saunders County have been working steadily and sacrificially to build a new veterans memorial. The people of this area live far away from the nation’s power centers, thriving in the heart of the Great Plains. But when they are called to serve, they answer. Like so many other Nebraskans, they are willing to leave their farms, their small businesses, and their families in service to America. From World War I to the present day, 101 military service members from the community have given their lives for our country.

Wahoo is somewhat known throughout America as the onetime mythical home office of a late night comedy show. What happened last Sunday, however, was much greater than the smile generated by the town’s peculiar name. About 500 people gathered at the courthouse to dedicate the new memorial. Veterans organizations, community leadership, and citizens came together to remember those 101 persons who had given their all. Each name was read in an honor roll, many of them of Czech, German, and Swedish? origin–a connection to the countries of old which shaped the local culture.

I had the privilege of briefly addressing that extraordinary gathering. When I approached the microphone to say a few words, I recalled the classic movie To Kill a Mockingbird, based upon the famous novel by Harper Lee. In the movie, the lawyer Atticus Finch defends a man unjustly accused of a crime while his family and community are forced to sit in the upper balcony of the courtroom because of the prejudice at that time. As Atticus Finch is preparing to leave the courtroom, the minister of the community says to the lawyer’s young child: “Stand up, your father’s passing.”

At that beautiful event in Wahoo, the ceremony began with the public high school and Catholic high school choirs together singing our national anthem. During the anthem, no one sat on a bench, no one took a knee, ?everyone stood. To stand is a sign of respect. We stand, not for us, but for them: the men and women before us, living and dead, who answered the call to service. Whether they cooked or cleaned or computed, or whether they fought in the worst conceivable firefight, they all sacrificed for our nation. Dignity demands a formality of ritual, giving meaning not only to those lives that were lost, but to the ties that bind us as community.

In a recent article in The New York Times, columnist David Brooks unpacks the idea of our nation’s civic religion and the exercise of certain rituals, such as the national anthem and holidays like Thanksgiving and July 4th. These moments call forth a certain reverence as they remind us of the sacrifices of those who came before ?and call us as a nation to what we ought to be. To participate in them is not to worship the nation, nor hide its faults, but to bring forth its ideals. He goes on: “We have a crisis of solidarity. That makes it hard to solve every other problem we have. When you stand and sing the national anthem, you are building a little more solidarity, and you’re singing a radical song about a radical place.”

The world is screaming for meaning. I think it best not to tear up our solemn moments. As we confront intensifying struggles about the direction of our country, perhaps it would be good to check in with the home town offices of a strong society, from places like Wahoo, Nebraska, where a local ceremony and our national melody reveal the answers we long for.

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As 20 veterans die per day by suicide, bill to improve Suicide Hotline is blocked

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered according the VA’s Veterans Crisis hotline’s former director.

New statistics show that 22 veterans commit suicide per day, and around the same time the latest statistics came to light a bill to increase the efficiency of the suicide hotline dedicated to veterans was blocked.

Iowa Congressman David Young thought he had a slam dunk with the “No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act.” In fact, it flew through the U.S. House with a 357-0 vote. At the time a member of his staff told WOWT 6 News that the bill should pass quickly.


VA and Walgreens Team Up to Provide Flu Vaccinations to Veterans

The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost.  Vaccinations will be available throughMarch 31, 2017.

Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination.

In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record.

VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu.  No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a free flu shot.