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  • Town rallies after being forced to remove Christian flag [Rienzi MS]

    02/05/2017 6:24:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    WREG, CBS 3, Memphis TN ^ | 03:20PM, February 4, 2017 | Nina Harrellson
    More than 100 supporters showed up to a rally in a small Mississippi town Saturday to fight back after being forced to remove a Christian flag flying over Veterans Memorial Park. One organization stepped in and threatened to sue if the flag wasn’t taken down. But the Christian supporters say they’re not backing down. “There just comes a point in time when you’ve got to be politically incorrect and take a stand,” said organizer Kevin Nelms. They rode from the VFW in Corinth, 12 miles, to the Veterans Memorial Park in Rienzi, proudly waving their Christian flags. The same flag...
  • Marines may ditch 'The Few, the Proud' slogan

    10/03/2016 12:16:08 AM PDT · by blueplum · 47 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 30 September 2016 | Jeanette Steele
    The Marine Corps may replace its iconic slogan “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” The service is putting together a new advertising campaign that could include a tagline to succeed the current one, which has been used on and off since 1976. Here’s the apparent problem with the longtime slogan: It doesn’t explain what the Marines actually do, which is fight. “(We) examined the existing tagline and felt that it did an excellent job describing who we are, but it didn’t go further and state what it is that we do,” said Lt. Col. John Caldwell, spokesman for the Marine...
  • Community disorganizers literally destroying our veterans(American legion?)

    08/28/2016 7:16:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 8/28/2016 | Joanna Rosamond
    While the American Legion is hosting its 98th lavish National Convention, with Hillary Clinton and Robert McDonald as guests, on Wednesday, August 31, the veteran community has been struck with "yet another" unglamorous tragedy: our "yet another" 76-year-old veteran shot himself on August 21 after being denied care.
  • VFW rips Trump's 'out-of-bounds' attack on Khan family

    08/01/2016 10:31:26 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 128 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/1/2016 | Nick Gass
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars blasted Donald Trump on Monday for his comments about Ghazala Khan, the mother of a fallen Muslim Army captain, calling the Republican nominee "out of bounds." “Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression,” said VFW leader Brian Duffy in a statement. Story Continued BelowTrump said in his interview with ABC that aired Sunday that Ghazala Khan "wasn't allowed to have anything to say" as her husband, Khizr, criticized the Republican nominee at the Democratic National Convention...
  • Donald Trump: ‘We’re Going to Bring Honesty back to Government’

    07/26/2016 4:44:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies ^ | July 26, 2016 | ALEX SWOYER
    Republican nominee Donald Trump enjoyed a warmer welcome from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Charlotte, North Carolina than his rival Hillary Clinton received on Monday. The New York Republican told the crowd that spending time with veterans has been the “greatest honor of this campaign.” “Our veterans are the bravest and the finest people on earth,” Trump said, as he pledged to work with the VFW if elected president. “Our most basic commitment to provide health and medical care [to veterans] has been violated completely.” “The other candidate in this race, crooked Hillary Clinton, […] has a much...
  • FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump, Mike Pence Speak at VFW National Convention in Charlotte (7-26-16)

    07/26/2016 8:51:11 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/26/2016
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016: Full replay of Donald Trump and Mike Pence's remarks at the VFW National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
  • LIVE STREAM: Trump @ VFW National Convention Charlotte, NC. 7/26/2016. Time to be announced.

    07/26/2016 2:49:03 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 252 replies
    Time is tentative, will update once we have a confirmed time***Tuesday, July 26, 2016: Live streaming coverage of Donald Trump’s remarks at the VFW National Convention in Charlotte, NC. Charlotte, NC ***Time is tentative, will update once we have a confirmed time*** Charlotte Convention Center
  • Hillary Tells Veterans She Takes "nothing more seriously than our security."

    07/25/2016 3:32:31 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 62 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 25, 2016 | Allan J. Favish Listen at 14:09 when Hillary says: "I take nothing more seriously than our security." She did not discuss what the FBI Director said about her private email server, or how her State Department denied our Ambassador in Benghazi additional security, how she and Obama refused to rescue the Americans in Benghazi when lives could have been saved.
  • VFW Commander to Obama: Don't Insult Vets' Intelligence

    06/06/2016 2:05:23 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 3, 2016 | Jason Devaney
    VFW Commander to Obama: Don't Insult Vets' Intelligence By Jason Devaney | Friday, 03 Jun 2016 01:36 PM The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization is pushing back at President Barack Obama's assumption that the nation's veterans are easily swayed in their political opinions. "I don't know how many VFW Posts the president has ever visited, but our near 1.7 million members are a direct reflection of America," VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr. said, reports Fox News. "We don't have confused politics, we don't need left- or right-wing media filters telling us how to think or vote, and we...
  • John McCain slams key veterans’ advocacy groups

    06/02/2016 8:40:35 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    Most of the time, major political figures try to stay on the good side of the nation’s leading veterans’ organizations, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is comfortable going in a different direction. The Republican senator appeared on his daughter’s radio show late last week – just a few days before Memorial Day – and Meghan McCain asked about the need for improvements in the VA system. The GOP lawmaker, facing a tough re-election fight this year, didn’t hold back. JOHN MCCAIN: I blame some of the old veterans’ service organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American...
  • VFW Fires Back At Obama Over His Criticism Of Their Politics

    06/03/2016 7:39:40 AM PDT · by LUV W · 24 replies ^ | June 3, 2016 | Fox News
    The nation’s largest veterans group hit back at President Obama on Thursday and urged him not to “denigrate” their intelligence after the president suggested their members were easily swayed by cable news and “right-wing radio.” The Veterans of Foreign Wars called out the president after Obama referenced the political opinions at “VFW halls” in an Indiana speech Wednesday that toggled between campaign politics and the economy.
  • VFW to Obama: ‘No confused politics here’

    06/02/2016 1:05:12 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    VFW ^ | June 2, 2016
    WASHINGTON — In defending his administration’s handling of the economy, President Obama took a swipe at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States yesterday by alleging it was confused by rightwing media pundits and outlets. During a speech in Elkhart, Ind., the president said “I'm concerned when I watch the direction of our politics. I mean, we have been hearing this story for decades — tales about welfare queens, talking about takers, talking about the 47 percent. It's the story that's broadcast every day on some cable news stations, on rightwing radio. It's pumped into cars and bars...
  • Obama Blames 'Right-Wing Radio' for Making 'People Think Big Government is the Problem'

    06/02/2016 8:02:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 70 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 06/01/16 | Trey Sanchez
    "It's pumped into cars and bars and VFW halls all across America." President Obama visited Elkhart, Indiana on Wednesday and during a town hall meeting blamed "right-wing radio" for distorting his economic record and for making "people think big government is the problem." "I hope you don't mind me being blunt about this," the president said, "but I've been listening to this stuff for a while now and I'm concerned when I watch the direction of our politics." When Obama visited Elkhart seven years ago, the unemployment rate was near 20%. Now, he boasts that the rate has dropped...
  • Obama: 'VFW Halls All Across America' Have Warped View of Economy

    06/01/2016 3:00:01 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 82 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jun 01, 2016 | Chris Deaton
    President Obama said Wednesday that people in "VFW halls all across America" and other places with access to cable news and talk radio have a warped view of the economy.
  • A Patriot's Heart

    03/06/2016 7:10:33 AM PST · by libertylover · 2 replies
    VFW ^ | 29 Feb 2016 | Grayson Campbell
    2015-2016 Voice of Democracy Contest First Place National Winner Grayson Campbell from Florida “My Vision for America” In 1997 I became an American. I was born into freedom and I have been afforded rights and opportunities that so many around the world will never experience. What I wasn't born with was the heart of an American. My patriot’s heart journey began many years ago, when I was a middle school student attending a Veteran's Day ceremony. During the ceremonial march of the color guard and presentation of the American Flag, I noticed an elderly gentleman in partial uniform seated directly...
  • Video: Elderly vet protesting Obama at VFW speech gets manhandled for … holding up a sign

    07/23/2015 8:57:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Hot ^ | July 23, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not manhandled by security, I should note, but manhandled by two fellow vets. And I’m not exaggerating in using that word: They’re shockingly rough with a guy who looks to be in his mid-70s. A broken hip will learn the old-timer not to go mouthing off about Benghazi, I guess. Kind of surprised to find two Obama fans this ardent at a VFW gathering, to be honest. Perhaps reflecting mixed feelings about the president among veterans, Obama often drew tepid applause, especially for comments about his nuclear deal with Iran. He did, however, receive a rousing ovation after calling for...
  • Obama calls for release of Americans held in Iran, after nuke deal omitted them

    07/21/2015 4:51:36 PM PDT · by dware · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.21.2015 | Fox News
    President Obama called Tuesday for the release of Americans held in Iran, individually naming them during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention -- a week after his diplomatic team helped strike a nuclear accord with Iran that did not secure the prisoners' freedom. The deal's failure to address the prisoners' status has fueled criticism of the Obama administration, though State Department officials have said they raised their imprisonment repeatedly. The president also scolded a reporter last week at a White House press conference for suggesting he was "content" to leave the prisoners out of the deal.
  • President Obama to speak at VFW convention in Pittsburgh

    07/18/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    An address by President Barack Obama will highlight the 116th VFW National Convention when it comes to Pittsburgh this weekend. The convention, which is closed to the public, begins Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center downtown, with Obama's address scheduled for Tuesday. The president has previously spoken at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national convention in 2012 and 2009, and in 2007 and 2008 as a presidential candidate. "We are very grateful to President Obama for choosing to address America's oldest and largest major war veterans' organization," VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, a retired Air Force first...
  • President Obama coming to Pittsburgh, will address VFW convention next week

    07/17/2015 10:49:05 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 29 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tracie Mauriello
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is headed to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to speak to thousands of veterans in town for the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. It will be Mr. Obama’s fifth speech to the national convention since 2007, and his third as president. “What we hope to hear is how he will continue to take the fight to our enemies, while keeping America safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, a retired Air Force First sergeant from Nevada. “We also want...
  • Local VFW Shuts Down Tea Party's 'Dangers of Islam' Talk

    07/01/2015 5:37:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies ^ | July 1, 2015 | Lorraine Swanson
    Oak Lawn post commander tells Tea Party group, "It ain't what we're about," after learning content of "educational seminar." Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 in Oak Lawn, IL.The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post has canceled an event on the dangers of Islam in America that was being hosted by the Southwest Chicago and Suburban Tea Party.The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post, which rents its facilities and rooms to various political groups, including Democrats and Republicans, clubs, community organizations, and veterans groups, said in a statement that it did not know what the event was about when the Tea Party group rented the space.A notice posted...
  • VFW Torches Burr in Spat Over VA Scandal, Shinseki (Burr: VSOs more upset at letter than VA)

    05/25/2014 11:49:21 AM PDT · by kristinn · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Updated Sunday, May 25, 2014 | Steve Dennis
    Updated 2:41 p.m. May 25 | The Veterans of Foreign Wars leadership blistered Sen. Richard Burr after the North Carolina Republican penned an open letter late Friday impugning the staff of veterans groups for not calling for new leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In his letter, Burr, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee praised the American Legion, which has called for Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, and suggested that the leadership staff of other veterans’ groups — without naming them — care more about access to Shinseki than they do about veterans. “Last week’s hearing...
  • Anyone seen the film "The Railway Man"?

    04/20/2014 8:46:20 PM PDT · by mylife · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/6/2013 | Eric Lomax
    The world needs to see this.
  • Oath Keepers is Going “Operational” by Forming Special “Civilization Preservation” Teams

    10/05/2013 12:40:54 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 58 replies
    Oath Keepers ^ | October, 01, 2013
    Oath Keepers is instructing its 30,000 members nation-wide to form up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose: to be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as mission #1, to serve as training and leadership cadre, to assist in organizing neighborhood watches, organizing veterans halls to provide community civil defense, forming County Sheriff Posses, strengthening existing CERT, volunteer fire, search-and-rescue, reserve deputy systems, etc., and...
  • Warrior Hikers in Front Royal VA Friday Night

    06/18/2013 11:50:49 AM PDT · by concretebob · 19 replies
    Warrior Hike ^ | 18 June 2013 | concretebob
    Friday 1900 hours at VFW Post 1860 in Front Royal, VA. The VFW in Front Royal is hosting the Warrior Hikers: Combat Veterans who are “Walking off the War” by hiking the Appalachian Trail (yes, ALL 2,180 miles) to raise money for wounded vets. Warrior Hike is a non-profit organization that uses the funds raised to purchase modified vehicles for wounded vets. Come out and help support Warrior Hike Friday night at 7:00 at the Front Royal VFW Post 1860 1847 N Royal Ave Front Royal, VA 22630 Cooking with the Troops will be onsite with BBQ Sauce and who...
  • Columnist advocates ending military honors at funerals for most vets

    03/29/2013 1:12:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2013 | Rick Moran
    Long time St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan is advocating ending the practice of giving most veterans military honors at their funerals. His reason? Government can't afford it. Certainly, men and women killed in combat deserve full military honors. It's a way for the country to say, "We honor the memory of those who died in our service." These military honors - and the thought behind them - are intended to provide some solace for the families of the fallen. But what about the guy who spends a couple of years in the military and then gets on with...
  • Vets groups’ praise for Hagel adds pressure on GOP

    02/06/2013 6:58:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 5:53 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    Countering the Republican-led opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary is a less flashy but powerful constituency: military veterans. Veterans’ organizations have praised Chuck Hagel, a twice-wounded combat veteran of Vietnam and deputy administrator in President Ronald Reagan’s Veterans Administration. The Veterans of Foreign Wars has called him uniquely qualified to become Pentagon chief. The Military Officers Association of America said his experience gives him “a range of perspectives.” The American Legion said he was a longtime advocate for veterans. … VoteVets, a left-leaning veterans group, has campaigned for Hagel through social media, old-fashioned letters to editors and...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s feats of weakness

    07/24/2012 5:51:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2012 | Editorial
    Administration’s effort to boost global image has floppedAt the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev., on Monday, President Obama heaped praise on his foreign policy record. “Because we’re leading around the world, people have a new attitude toward America,” he said. “There’s more confidence in our leadership. We see it everywhere we go.” This raises the question: Where exactly has he been going? Since Mr. Obama took office, the opinion of the United States generally has declined in every country surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, according to a report released in June. Despite the vaunted White...
  • Romney to VFW

    07/24/2012 7:12:16 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | July 24, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Mitt Romney is delivering a strong speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars right now in Nevada. He was tough on the Obama administration, most emphatically on national-security leaks (a “crisis” — emphasizing it “isn’t a partisan issue”) and Israel (“The people of Israel deserve better than what they have received from the leader of the free world. And the chorus of accusations, threats, and insults at the United Nations should never again include the voice of the President of the United States”), and Iran. And the Poles George Weigel has been talking to would be happy to hear what...
  • President Obama: VFW National Convention Speech Video July 23, 2012 Reno, Nevada

    07/23/2012 2:47:19 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 10 replies
    Shallow Nation ^ | July 23rd 2012 | Shallow Nation
    Watch President Barack Obama’s VFW National Convention Speech video on Mon. July 23, 2012. The address in Reno, Nevada at the 113th annual meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Reno-Sparks Convention Center takes place during the joint opening session; the exact start time is 3:25 p.m. ET (12:25 p.m. PT local time). See it in real time via the embedded live stream video player below. Thereafter, the full replay video and the transcript text will be posted as soon as they are available. Video at link...
  • VFW demands apology after host says he's 'uncomfortable' calling fallen soldiers heroes

    05/28/2012 11:42:36 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies ^ | 5/28/12 |
    "Chris Hayes' recent remarks on MSNBC regarding our fallen service members are reprehensible and disgusting," VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer said in a statement to "His words reflect his obvious disregard for the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have paid the ultimate price while defending our nation. His insipid statement is particularly callous because it comes at a time when our entire nation pauses to reflect and honor the memory of our nations' fallen heroes." He continued: "It is especially devastating to the many broken-hearted children, spouses and parents, left behind to grieve for a...
  • Mother Of Fallen Marine Offended By Half-Staff Flag For Houston

    02/16/2012 9:21:43 AM PST · by Eyes Unclouded · 32 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 2.15.12 | staff
    Flags will be lowered in New Jersey Saturday, the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral. But a Marine mom in Arlington says it’s an honor Houston doesn’t deserve. When Phyllis McGeath heard Gov. Chris Christie had ordered flags lowered to half-staff for Houston, she said she felt a pain deep inside her. “I was hurt and offended. Disappointed. Saddened,” she said. “I felt like the honor that was given to my son was tarnished.” McGeath had three sons who were active duty Marines. Her oldest, Philip, was killed by a suicide bomber just four weeks ago in Afghanistan. He was 25....
  • Gingrich’s Own Close Tie to Buyout Industry

    01/09/2012 9:34:11 PM PST · by americanophile · 49 replies
    NY Times Blog ^ | January 9, 2012 | By PETER LATTMAN and JIM RUTENBERG
    Newt Gingrich has ramped up his attacks on Mitt Romney as a heartless leveraged buyout executive for his years at Bain Capital, asking reporters in Manchester on Monday, “Is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of other people and walk off with the money? Or is that, somehow, a little bit of a flawed system?” But Mr. Gingrich was himself on an advisory board for a major investment firm that had a similar business model, Forstmann Little, a pioneering private equity firm co-founded in 1978 by Theodore J. Forstmann...
  • Club for Growth Blasts Gingrich for Bain Attacks

    01/09/2012 10:01:52 PM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 259 replies · 7+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 9, 2012 | Patrick Brennan
    In a press release this afternoon, Club for Growth criticized Newt Gingrich for his attacks on Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital, calling them unbecoming a “Reagan Conservative.” Club for Growth’s statement: Yesterday, Gingrich said “Those of us who believe in free markets and those of us who believe that in fact the whole goal of investment is entrepreneurship and job creation…we find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” Gingrich’s attack was echoed that same day that by the Democratic National Committee, which...
  • VFW Presses Senator McCain on Support

    11/18/2011 2:29:23 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    VFW Letter to McCain on PDF File ^ | November 18, 2011 | Richard L. DeNoyer
    VFW Presses Senator McCain on Support: VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer expressed the organization's strongest opposition today to ongoing efforts by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) to further balance the budget on the backs of military service members, their families, and retirees. In a letter, the Chief wrote that McCain's acceptance of proposals to examine the current retirement system along with military pay, allowances and their tax implications, plus to suggest excluding military retirees from TRICARE Prime, implies that his unwavering support of the military exists only as long as you are...
  • Dwindling Membership is Hurting VFW Posts (Opinions from veterans wanted)

    11/14/2011 6:13:24 AM PST · by TSgt · 103 replies
    WKRC ^ | 11/11 5:13 pm | WKRC
    Even as more troops return home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, local VFW posts do not expect a boost in membership. That lack of interest could hurt those posts financially. Chuck Hangbers with Post 7670 in Hamilton says unfortunately, returning service men and women tend to shy away from VFW posts. Hangbers says the younger people tend to move on when they return home. He says they focus on getting their lives together. That is leading to fewer members-only about three or four new members a year. At 7670, Hangbers says there may be forty to sixty people...
  • Veterans allowed to rest in peace

    10/28/2011 7:12:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2011 | Editorial
    <p>America’s heroes can once again be laid to rest with appropriate religious services. A federal court last month approved a consent decree in which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agreed to drop its ban on prayer and the mention of “God” during funerals and other events at national cemeteries.</p>
  • VFW Accuses White House of Snubbing Annual Convention

    08/29/2011 3:55:23 PM PDT · by Baladas · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 29, 2011 | Kelly Chernenkoff
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars convention this week will not feature a top-tier official from the Obama administration, a breach in tradition that the group's commander described as an "insult of the highest magnitude." However, an administration official claimed Monday that the White House made "every effort" to provide a speaker for the event, offering up a range of top officials. "In all instances, the VFW declined those offers," the official said. The veterans group is accustomed to playing host to the nation's most powerful people at its national conference. Obama addressed the VFW in 2009, followed by Vice President...

    07/27/2011 2:10:58 PM PDT · by GailA · 15 replies
    VFW ^ | July 27, 2011 | VFW
    10 for 10” plan is a breach of faith with America’s military and veteran families July 27, 2011 America’s all-volunteer military has shouldered a multi-theater war all by themselves for almost 10 years. They did so without question, and often with tremendous sacrifice to themselves and their families. The nation is now in another crisis — a debt crisis — one that could have serious repercussions on a military at war and a veterans' population that has already sacrificed much for the nation. This is because some in Congress now want America’s military and her veterans to shoulder more of...
  • AP Exclusive: US ignores vet graves in Philippines (as does Filipino govt)

    07/03/2011 4:35:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 7/3/11 | Jim Gomez
    CLARK, Philippines (AP) -- Walking along the rows of tombstones here offers a glimpse of the wars America has fought and the men and women who waged them. But most of the grave markers have been half-buried for 20 years, and there is little hope that the volcanic ash obscuring names, dates and epitaphs will be cleared any time soon. Clark Veterans Cemetery was consigned to oblivion in 1991, when Mount Pinatubo's gigantic eruption forced the U.S. to abandon the sprawling air base surrounding it. Retired U.S. soldiers, Marines and sailors volunteer to keep watch, relying on donations to try...
  • Endorsements Rile the Grassroots -VFW's move to dissolve its political arm..

    10/25/2010 6:27:37 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 7 replies
    CONGRESS.ORG ^ | 10.25.10 | Ambreen Ali
    ..fuels a long-standing debate over PACs. Should grassroots members have a say in political endorsements made in their group's name? A dispute over that question could end in the Veterans of Foreign Wars dissolving the political action committee its members created more than three decades ago. At heart, the debate is one between Washington insiders—who seek to increase their leverage on Capitol Hill—and veteran members the PAC said are swept up in a national anti-establishment tide. "I think the nation is upset with Congress period," Jerry Newberry, a PAC spokesman, said. They are especially upset at the PAC's endorsement of...
  • Controversy over VFW endorsements didn't remove Skelton's earlier award

    10/25/2010 11:08:10 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/23/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    (Oct. 23, 2010) — While it wasn’t mentioned at the Pulaski County “Veterans for Vicky” rally because speaker Bill Rostad isn’t a Veterans of Foreign Wars member, the VFW endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton being widely publicized by his campaign has come under significant attack by the campaign of his Republican challenger, Vicky Hartzler, and by some members of the VFW itself. Candidates, including Skelton, often state that they’ve been “endorsed by the VFW,” “endorsed by the National Rifle Association,” or by other similar organizations, but the VFW and NRA are nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations which can’t explicitly endorse...
  • FREE Admission For All Veterans To Sarah Palin - Victory 2010 Rally In Orlando This Saturday!

    10/20/2010 8:28:01 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 9 replies
    All right... all you guys... listen up! I just got off the phone with Sarah Palin. She is coming to Orlando for a big Victory 2010 rally.... and she has invited all vets to attend for free! That's right, she wants all us current and former Grunts, Squids, Blue suiters, Marines, and Coasties to be her special guests this Saturday, October 23d. The event is at the Marriott World Center near Walt Disney World. Admission is normally as much as $90 for this Victory 2010 fundraiser, with all the profits going to ensure a strong Conservative victory this year! If...
  • EDITORIAL: VFW's election betrayal--Veterans' PAC gives aid and comfort to enemy politicians

    10/19/2010 5:12:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2010 | Editorial
    The names Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer don't immediately convey the message "Support our troops." Yet somehow these leftist Democrats and other questionable characters made it onto the Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee's (VFW-PAC) 2010 list of election endorsements. In response to the scandal, VFW national Commander Richard L. Eubank sacked the entire PAC board. In a letter to VFW members issued Monday, Mr. Eubank, a former Marine and decorated Vietnam veteran, said, "It is now evident to most of the VFW leadership, both National and especially the departments, that the VFW has been subjected to extreme negative...

    10/18/2010 1:35:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    BlackFive via Gateway ^ | October 18, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    the Commander in Chief of the VFW Richard Eubank has dissolved the VFW-Pac after it endorsed Barbara Boxer and a group of far left America-hating liberals.
  • VFW moves to dissolve PAC's board

    10/18/2010 11:32:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/18/10 | Ben Smith
    The National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Richard Eubank, has moved to amend his organization's bylaws to dissolve its PAC, which is run independently. The PAC endorsed Democratic incumbents starting with Nancy Pelosi based on their votes on a relatively small number of votes to do with veterans in a year when many VFW members are siding against Democrats on broader policy concerns, and the PAC has already refused the VFW's entreaty that it "rescind" its endorsement. "[T]he recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFW’s reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission," writes Eubank in...
  • BIG WIN! VFW (Finally) Does Right By Members

    10/18/2010 10:26:21 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 18 replies
    the big piece ^ | 18-oct-10 | Andrew brietbart
    You spoke. You were heard. This, was the right thing to do-
  • Lastest from the VFW

    10/18/2010 10:21:56 AM PDT · by ponsdorf · 11 replies
    It seems the VFW is doing what it can to ameliorate the VFW-PAC situation. It's a bit sad more can't be done, but there it is.
  • Letter from VFW Commander

    10/16/2010 4:15:22 AM PDT · by RVN Airplane Driver · 15 replies
    October 12, 2010 | VFW Commander
    October 12, 2010 Comrades, The angry tone and tenor of the telephone calls and messages being received at national headquarters make it clear that many of our members are not cognizant of the fact that VFW National By-Laws clearly stipulate that the VFW Commander-in-Chief is not authorized to direct or otherwise attempt to introduce his control over the VFW PAC. Furthermore, no membership dues or donations made to the VFW or VFW Foundation are used for the VFW PAC. As you know, the recent endorsements by the PAC are the subject of much controversy. Unfortunately, many questions have been raised...
  • VFW Members (But not the PAC) Supports LTC ALLEN WEST

    10/15/2010 6:36:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Blackfive ^ | October 08, 2010 | Michael C
    Despite the idiotic VFW support of LTC (ret) Allen West's opponent, over 500 VFW members supported LTC West at this event hosted by the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Leathernecks MC. Congressional candidate LTC (ret) Allen West addressing a gathering of veterans at the Vets For West Rally in Delray Beach, FL on September 25, 2010.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars-PAC Endorses Bob Filner for Congress (Over Gunnypop Popaditch!!- SHAME)

    10/15/2010 11:38:04 AM PDT · by pissant · 20 replies
    Imperial Valley News ^ | 10/14/10 | staff
    Imperial, California - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) PAC has announced its endorsement of Congressman Bob Filner over Republican Candidate Nick Popaditch for the 2010 General Election. The VFW-PAC becomes the most recent veterans group to endorse Congressman Filner. “The VFW-PAC’s endorsement of Congressman Filner was based on his strong support for veterans, national security and defense, and military personnel issues,” said Salvatore J. Capirchio, Veterans of Foreign War-PAC Director. “My proudest service in Congress is being Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Veterans have made incredible sacrifices for our country and they should be...