NEWS

We do our best to keep you informed.  Below is news and happenings from the state of Vermont as well as national news.
 
If you have information/news that you feel should be shared by all, please contact us and we will get it posted.

Patriot's Pen Winner Announced

Ben Hourdequin sponsored by White River Post 2751 has been selected to represent the Department of Vermont in the 2020-21 Patriot's Pen Essay Contest.


Voice of Democracy Winner Announced

Jackson Balch sponsored by White River Post 2751 has been selected to represent the Department of Vermont in the 2020-21 Voice of Democracy Essay Contest


Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Winners of 2019-2020

The Department of Vermont wishes to congratulate the Winners of the the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen for this year.


Teacher of the Year Winners for 2019-2020

Congratulations to this years Teacher’s of the Year for this year.


Click on the title below to read the full article on the VFW National website.

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


Prominent Veteran Service Organizations Urge Congress and VA to Act in Newly Released Report


VFW Celebrates Black History Month


Two Former VFW Staff Members Named to New VA Administration


Even Through a Pandemic, Sport Clips Haircuts Raised More Than $1M to Support VFW Help A Hero Scholarships


VFW to Host #SportClipsSalute Week


Post of the Month Launches to Showcase How Posts Are #StillServing


VFW Announces Annual Publications Contest


VFW Demands SECVA Wilkie Resign Immediately in Light of Damning VA OIG Report in Response to a Veteran's Sexual Assault Allegation


VFW Recouped More Than $9.7B in Benefits for Veterans Nationwide


Pandemic Won't Stop BK® Support of Veteran Families


Calling All Middle and High School Students


Veterans Need Support Especially in a Pandemic


Announcements

COVID-19 UPDATE
 
Effective Monday, March 23rd, 2020 the VFW Service Office will be closed until further notice.

I will be working from home and will have access to email on a daily basis.  

Email is the only form of communication that will be available.  

My email address is as follows:

joseph.laperle@va.gov

I can send and receive documents electronically but will not be able to send or receive faxes

I will be electronically submitting and tracking claims for our offices’ s constituents.  

If a veteran has documents or claims to file and cannot do so electronically with me then there are ways for a veteran to submit in their own as follows:

 

FAX:  

Fax claims and or supporting documents to 844-531-7818

Please itemize your documents being faxed on a cover sheet and wait for a return receipt via fax with a confirmation number on it.

 

Mail:

Send claims and or supporting documents as follows:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Evidence Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI  53547

 

Ebenefits:   https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ ebenefits/homepage  

I will attempt to call in a retrieve messages.   It is requested that no veteran leave a voice message as I will not be returning calls from my home or cell phone.   But if a message is left, please spell out clearly and slowly the email address in which to connect with you.

It is unknown how long this will last and I will keep the Dept well informed as I learn about a return date in the future.

I will attempt to come into the office weekly to retrieve postal mail and voice messages.

During this time veterans are encouraged to take control of their claims and submit on their own as much as possible.      

Thank you all for your understanding and please stay healthy and safe as the COVID-19 issue passes through our communities.

v/r

Joe LaPerle
VFW Service Officer
Vermont