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VFW -Veterans of Foregin War

You understand that you share a unique bond with other veterans of overseas conflicts and those who wear this country’s uniform. Regardless of what conflict you’ve served in – from World War II to the present day Global War On Terror, you can join with others who feel the same. Join the VFW. You’ve earned it.

Benefits of Membership
The camaraderie and fellowship that comes with being part of the nation’s largest group of combat veterans.
Savings on:
Cell phone Services and computers
Hotel, motel and car rentals
Real estate and mortgage service
VFW sponsored insurance programs
Health care services
Veteran employment assistance
Also Assistance securing the benefits you’re entitled to as a veteran

Eligability
If you are a U.S. citizen who has served honorably in the Armed Forces and has served in an overseas conflict, you are eligible to become a member of the VFW. You can join even if you are still serving in the military. The VFW counts over 75,000 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members among our ranks

Ladies Auxiliary To the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Ladies Auxiliary VFW Members are…
Wives
Widows
Mothers
Foster and stepmothers (who have performed the duties of parent)
Grandmothers
Daughters
Granddaughters
Foster and stepdaughters (who attained that status prior to the age of sixteen
and for whom the duties of parent were performed)

Find a post near you www.vfw.org

The American Legion

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Membership

If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.

April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)

Ladies – American Legion Auxiliary
A woman who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary.
The mother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras.
Step relatives are also eligible.
To find an American Legion Post near you go to www.legion.org

National Veterans Legal Services Program

Helping veterans and active duty personnel obtain the benefits they deserve
The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is an independent nonprofit organization that has worked since 1980 to ensure that the U.S. government keeps its pact with our nation’s 25 million veterans and active duty personnel by providing them the federal benefits they have earned through their service to our country.

As a conduit for change against unfair government practices, NVLSP has been instrumental in the passage of landmark veterans’ rights legislation. Lawsuits brought by NVLSP attorneys have forced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to disabled veterans and their families and have forced the military departments to give millions of dollars in back pay to veterans.

NVLSP recruits, trains, and assists thousands of lawyer and non-lawyer advocates who represent veterans and active duty military personnel for free. Our publications empower veterans, current service members, their families, and their advocates to obtain the benefits they’re entitled to by clearly outlining their rights under the law.

Your support is needed!
We rely on our friends and supporters to provide critical financial support so that we can continue our efforts to help veterans and their families get the full benefits they’re entitled to. Please go to the link below make a donation.

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) www.nvlsp.org

Helpfull Links

Phoenix VA Health Care System
650 E. Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602-277-5551 | 800-554-7174
www.phoenix.va.gov
Full list of links provided by VA

To find DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents www.archives.gov

United States Department of Veteran Affairs www.va.gov

GI Bill www.gibill.va.gov

Arizona Department of Veteran Services www.azdvs.gov

Disabeld American Veterans DAV www.dav.org

VETS Veterans Employment and Training Services www.dol.gov/vets/

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Read MoreNovember 10, 2010 10:40 pm - Posted by Kristy


A U.S. soldier carries a boy found at a Baghdad orphanage to an ambulance. (photo CBS)

This is not a new story, but I felt a need to share for anyone who may not of heard it.
In June of 2007, Army soldiers discovered an orphanage in Baghdad, housing 24 special needs orphans. The children were all boys rangeing in age from 3-15. The boy’s were found naked, severly malnourished and abused. The boys were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The soldiers found stock rooms packed with food and clothing. Instead of giving it to the boys, the soldiers believe it was being sold to local markets.

I chose not to post photo’s of the conditions the boys were found, it was to upsetting to see.

I was not able to embed this video, you can visit attached link for full video.
View original story on CBS News. www.cbsnews.com

Follow Up: Iraqi Orphans

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Read More 5:08 pm - Posted by Kristy

daughter and us soldier
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum, is standing in formation at Fort Dix, just before being sent into the U.S. government’s occupation of Iraq, his four year old daughter refused to let go of his hand.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

soldier comferts baby

soldier kisses baby

child kisses us soldier

us soldier nurse carries wounded iraqi child

american soldier

us soldier gives candy to kids

soldier plays soccer with iraqi boy

sniper on donkey, funny
puppy and soldier

marine with puppy

american soldier, pets a kitten
soldier with puppy

US soldier with puppy

us soldier with cat in iraq

american soldiers eating at christmas

us soldier reads mail

american soldiers, troops


american soldiers in iraq

us soldier, combat

us soldiers combat

us combat

us soldiers, war in iraq

war in iraq, attack

soldier with child

us soldiers

wounded soldier

soldier praying

comfort crying US soldier

us soldiers

US soldier crying

hug a soldier

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Read More 4:09 pm - Posted by Kristy

veteran tickets

Give something to those who gave

The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to giving back to those who gave us so much. They team up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and everyday ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million Veterans and Active Duty Military in the United States.

Veterans are the kind of people who volunteer to serve their country, the ones who put their nation first and their own lives second, are the kind of people we need to honor everyday. Not just on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July, but everyday.

Through The Veteran Tickets Foundation, now those who care about Veterans have a way to give back. Everyday, in every city, there are events with empty seats that could be filled by those who served. More than that, many event tickets are simply unaffordable for average people. We believe the events that bring Americans together in the spirit of celebration, competition and camaraderie—those all-American moments are the times we need to welcome and acknowledge our Veterans.

Got Tickets To Donate???

Do you have tickets that you would like to donate and receive a tax deductible receipt? Please go to www.vettix.org and use the Contact Us tab to start that process and please SPREAD THE WORD!!!
You can donate almost any type of tickets you can imagine.
Sporting events seem to be the most popular, but don’t forget for things like Disney Land, Sea World, airline tickets, movie tickets even hotel/resort suites.

Need Tickets ???

If you are Veteran or active in any branch of the military, you can get free tickets through Vet Tix.
Go to www.vettix.org and create an account. You will need to provide proof of your military status. You can follow vet tix on twitter to get up dates on tickets as they become available.

Hero’s Wish Program

Hero’s Wish allows members who meet certain criteria to request specific tickets for any single event, and have donors fulfill that request either by ticket donation or by donating money to make the hero’s wish come true.

The Hero’s Wish program can be used by Active Duty Military Personnel (one month prior to, while on leave from or one month after their deployments), severely wounded warriors and the families of men and woman killed in action (KIA).

If you are currently on Active Duty Military (one month prior to combat deployment, one month after a deployment, or while on leave from deployment), a severely wounded warrior or a family member of someone who was killed in action (KIA)?, then you are eligible for our Hero’s Wish Program. You need to go to www.vettix.com and complete a few easy steps and Veteran Tickets Foundation will get started on making your Hero’s Wish come true!

Want to help Veteran Tickets Foundation fulfill the wish of one of America’s hero’s?
There are two ways you can help honor these special members:
Make a ticket donation. Simply visit the Hero’s Wish page and select a wish that you’d like to help Vet Tix fulfill.
Don’t have tickets to donate? No problem! You can always support a hero by making a monetary donation toward the wish you select and Vet Tix will purchase the tickets as well as make sure all expenses associated with the wish, such as travel, lodging and food are taken care of.
New wishes are being subimitted all the time, so we encourage you to view the heros wish page as often as you can.

You can follow Veterans Tickets Foundation on facebook and twitter.

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Read More 1:57 pm - Posted by Kristy