5.9% increase in Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security

Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 5.9% increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2022.

New Post Members

Welcome the two newest members to our Post. Roland Fahie and John (Jack) Latrielle

Post Inspection Letter

Based on a proposed amendment to the Manual of Procedure Sections 418 and 518, the Post Inspections will now fall under the control of the Department Inspector.

100% Membership Letter and Streamer

I would Like to extend my thanks to the members who pushed us over the 100% goal for Membership.

Proposed Law Would Make It Easier for Vets to Get Private-Sector Care on VA's Dime

The legislation is largely based on 2016 recommendations by a congressionally appointed commission, which included a proposal to allow veterans themselves to choose their private-sector care to alleviate wait times.

New Website for All Benefits and Services

Veterans can now access all their VA benefits and services through one website, All the functions previously found on eBenefits are now available on the new website, however, eBenefits will remain functional until March 31, 2022. According to VA, the site usability and security has been improved, especially with the addition of two-factor authentication. Veterans are encouraged to log on and explore the new site.

District 5 Election Results

VFW District 5 held it's elections during the 1 May 2021 Convention ZOOM Meeting. The officers will serve from 1 July 2021 until 30 June 2022.

Post Officers 2021-2022 Term

The Post held it's elections during the April Monthly Meeting at the Bangkok Hospital. The officers will serve from 1 July 2021 until 30 June 2022.

Army Begins Clinical Trials on Vaccine That May Be Effective Against All Coronaviruses

The Army's vaccine candidate uses a new technology involving a Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle, or SpFN, that researchers hope can be adapted to protect against any coronavirus, including those that cause the common cold or deadly diseases such as COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, MERS.

119,000 Retired Military Beneficiaries Still Haven't Set Up Payment Plans for Tricare Select.

Military family advocates are worried that some beneficiaries dropped from the Defense Department's Tricare Select health program in January won't know they don't have health coverage until they go see a doctor. These beneficiaries -- working-age military retirees and their family members who were enrolled in the Tricare Select health program last year -- failed to set up payment plans for enrollment fees introduced Jan. 1, leaving them without access to comprehensive health care coverage under Tricare.

Four Women Veterans to Honor During Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and the perfect time to recognize women veterans who have played an important role in our nation's history. Not only did they set the stage for future generations who wanted to serve their country, like me, but proved that women could be as resilient and inspiring as men in times of conflict.

Famed Buffalo Soldiers built the Mauna Loa Trail with only hammers and their hands

In 1915, Black Americans from the special Army unit famously known as the “Buffalo Soldiers” literally carved their way into Hawaii’s history. “Not a lot of people know that the Buffalo Soldiers were some of the first individuals to lay some of the first infrastructure for what was to become the national park,” said Summer Roper Todd, an archaeologist with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees Announced

Both the House and the Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs have announced all their committee members.

H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act

On January 13, 2021, Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL) introduced H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act.

IRS form 1040-SR

Form 1040-SR is a version of the 1040 tax return that was created specifically for use by senior citizens.

Second Round Stimulus Checks

Curious about your second round stimulus check?

Microsoft Is Now Offering Its Military-Veteran Upskilling Programs at No Cost to Veterans

"As of February 2021, participants will no longer need to use their GI Bill to cover MSSA program costs," Chris Cortez, Microsoft's vice president of military affairs, wrote on LinkedIn. "And the training will be accessible through online delivery to all eligible U.S. military service members and veterans nationwide across time zones -- even if they are living outside the country."

FY 2021 NDAA

On December 23, the President vetoed the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The House of Representatives and Senate overrode the veto prior to the end of the 116th Congress and thus, the legislation will become law.

VFW Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm

Landmark Veterans’ Legislation Now Law

On Tuesday, the President signed H.R. 7105, Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 into law. This legislation includes several VFW-supported bills that were pending in the 116th Congress:

Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act (H.R. 7105)

On December 16, 2020, the United States House of Representatives passed the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act (H.R. 7105).

VA Launches New Single Access Phone Number

VA announced a new phone number to access all VA services. 1.800.MyVA411 (1.800.698.2411) is available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year.

VFW Action Corps Weekly

The VFW Action Corps is what gives the VFW its strength in advocating for our nation’s heroes.

POW/MIA Military Flag Will Now Fly Permanently At Key Federal Sites Across The USA

More than likely, you are familiar with the POW/MIA military flag. It shows the silhouette of a soldier above the words ‘You Are Not Forgotten’. The flag owners’ have members in the military that have either been taken as a prisoner of war or who are missing in action.

Social Security Update

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the annual mailing of reporting forms SSA-7162 and SSA-7161 has been suspended.

Congress Listens and Keeps Agent Orange Provision in NDAA

The Senate passed the final version of the NDAA which included the Agent Orange presumptive conditions, already passed by the House, which now heads to the president for signature.

Legislative Victories

Working hand-in-hand with the VFW’s National Legislative Service -- whose office is in eye-shot of the Capitol dome in Washington.

Dist V Video Conference Meeting Procedures

New Policy Procedures for Video Meetings

National Day of Service

National Day of Service at VA Cemeteries on 9/11 with Carry The Load

Student Loan Forgiveness

President Trump: "I'm taking executive action to ensure that our wounded warriors are not saddled with mountains of student debt.”

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Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

VFW Names Former Top Enlisted Service Member as National Ambassador

VFW Action Alert: Do the Right Thing for Guard and Reserve Members

Sport Clips Haircut's Record-Breaking $1.55M Donation Makes Education Goals a Reality for Hundreds of Veterans

VFW Announces Annual Publications Contest

Together, VFW and Humana Provide More than 1 Million Meals in 2021

VFW Mourns the Passing of Past National Commander John Gwizdak

Season's Greetings from the VFW

VFW Remembers Former US Senator Johnny Isakson

Remembering the First End of the War in Iraq

Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later

VFW Remembers Bob Dole

VFW Commends DOD for Addressing Force-Wide Economic Challenges, Offers Support

VFW Joins Coalition to Help Afghan Evacuees

VFW National Commander Commends Administration's Actions on Toxic Exposure

What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?

BK Supports Veteran Families in November

VFW Urges Navy to Honor Hero

A Haircut at Sport Clips or a Text Before Nov. 13 Can Help A Hero Go Back to School

Celebrating VFW Day

VFW Action Alert: Take Action Now

VFW Joins Other VSOs to Launch 9/11 Memorial Golf Fund

Applications Open for 2022 VFW, SVA Legislative Fellowship

VFW Pushes Formal Senate Investigation into Afghanistan Withdrawal

VFW Expresses Condolences, Frustration Over Operations in Afghanistan

A VFW Message to Veterans in the Wake of Recent Events in Afghanistan

VFW Awards Nearly $600,000 in Aid to Student Veterans

VFW Elects Matthew M. "Fritz" Mihelcic as New National Commander

Louisiana VFW Post Receives National Community Service Award

VFW Congratulates Nation's Top Scouts

VFW National Commander Thanks VHA Acting Under Secretary for Leadership During 'Unprecedented Times'

VFW Kicks Off Annual ThankBK Appreciation Week

Uniting to Combat Hunger Targets 1 Million Meal Goal for 2021

VFW Expands Opportunities for Discounts to Members

Ace Hardware Honors Fallen Heroes with 1 Million American Flags

VFW National Convention Update II

2021 National Publications Contest Winners Named

VFW National Convention Update

VFW, Team Red ,White & Blue Join Forces For Veterans

Annual VFW Youth Scholarship Competitions Open

VFW Names Top National Youth Scholarship Winners

VFW Expands Hearing Benefits for Members, Families

VFW Presses Congress on Comprehensive Toxic Exposure Reform 'Long Past Due'

Tab King to Offer Digital Solutions for VFW Posts

VFW to Deliver 2021 Priority Goals to Congress Virtually

VFW to Host Virtual 2021 Parade of Winners

VFW Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of Service

VFW National Commander Echoes VA Secretary Sentiment of Commitment, Solidarity

VA Extends Relief for Borrowers Affected by COVID-19

Denis McDonough Confirmed as New VA Secretary