Add A Veteran to The VFW Wall of Honor

VFW Wall of Honor

Just in time for Veterans Day, November 11th the Veterans of Foreign Wars has announced the online VFW Wall of Honor. Honor the hero in your life when you add his or her name to this online Wall of Honor.

Simply submit the name—or names—of the veterans you want to recognize, living or deceased. Want to honor those who are still serving? Go for it! Your submission can even include special details like rank, branch and years of service.

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The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Creative Patriotic Art AwardsOfficially known as the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, this annual scholarship competition gives talented art students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to compete for up to $10,000 in funds for college.

Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, this high school art competition requires a mix of artistic talent & passionate patriotic vision.

Entries must be submitted to your local VFW Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Chairman by March 31st each year. For more information,

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Continuing Education $1000 Scholarship

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW is pleased to present The Continuing Education Scholarship.

continuingeducationThis unique scholarship is intended to assist members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or a career direction at technical school.

Only the spouse, daughter, and son of a member are also eligible to apply.

One scholarship will be presented each year to a selected candidate in each of the four Ladies Auxiliary VFW Conferences.  Applicant must be 18 years of age or older. Qualifying member must have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW for one year prior to application. Previous national winners are not eligible.

Complete this application in full and MAIL to:

  • Director of Programs, Ladies Auxiliary VFW National Headquarters
  • 406 W. 34th St. 10th Floor, Kansas City, Mo. 64111
  • Entry must be received by February 15, 2015

Download the Application

The 2014 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

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The VFW-Sponsored Patriot’s Pen Scholarship Essay Writing Contest is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study program in the United States and its territories.

Why I Appreciate America's VeteransHOW TO ENTER:
Students should first ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition.

Then the student should contact their local or closest participating  VFW Post and establish a contact person who is a current member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

  • Find a post near you HERE..
  • Next, start drafting your essay around the 2014-2015 Theme: Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans. 
  • Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words.
  • Submit your completed essay to the Post in your area, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than November 1st.  That post will notify you by November 15th if you have been selected as their winning entry.  Winning entries at the Post level will be forwarded to the District level competition.  District winning entries advance to the Department or State level, and winning Department entries are then entered in the National Competition.
  • Access Entry Form HERE

JUDGING CRITERIA:

Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.

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The 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Competition

Why Veterans are Important to Our Nations's History & Future The Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Competition is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study high school program in the United States and its territories.

HOW TO ENTER:

Students should first draft their essay based on the exciting new 2014-2015 Theme: 

  • Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History & Future 

Students should then record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student has created their essay and completed burning the audio version to a CD, they should submit their typed version and CD along with the completed and signed Voice of Democracy entry form to their local or closest participating VFW Post no later than November 1st, 2014.

JUDGING CRITERIA:
Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

See also:  Scholarship and Recognition Awards Offered by VFW and VFW Ladies Auxiliary

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay 2014 Winner

VA Announces New Expedited Burial Benefits Process

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On July 7, 2014 VA changed its monetary burial benefits regulations to simplify the program and pay eligible survivors more quickly and efficiently. The new regulations allow VA to pay, without a written application, most eligible surviving spouses basic monetary burial benefits at the maximum amount authorized in law through automated systems rather than reimbursing them for actual costs incurred.

Under past regulations, VA paid for burial and funeral expenses only on a reimbursement basis, which required survivors to submit receipts for relatively small one-time payments that VA generally paid at the maximum amount permitted by law.

The new burial regulations now permit VA to pay, at a flat rate, burial and plot or interment allowances thereby enabling VA to automate payment of burial benefits to most eligible surviving spouses and more efficiently process other burial benefit claims.

The burial allowance for a non-service-connected death is $300, and $2,000 for a death connected to military service.

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Service-related Death

VA will pay up to $2,000 toward burial expenses for deaths on or after September 11, 2001, or up to $1,500 for deaths prior to September 11, 2001. If the Veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all of the cost of transporting the deceased may be reimbursed.

Non-service-related Death

VA will pay up to $700 toward burial and funeral expenses for deaths on or after October 1, 2011 (if hospitalized by VA at time of death), or $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (if not hospitalized by VA at time of death), and a $700 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national cemetery). For deaths on or after December 1, 2001, but before October 1, 2011, VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses and a $300 plot-interment allowance. For deaths on or after April 1, 1988 but before October 1, 2011, VA will pay $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (for Veterans hospitalized by VA at the time of death).

An annual increase in burial and plot allowances for deaths occurring after October 1, 2011 began in fiscal year 2013 and is based on the Consumer Price Index for the preceding 12-month period.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You have paid for or will be paying for a Veteran’s burial or funeral, AND
  • You have not been nor will be reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased Veteran’s employer, AND
  • The Veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, AND
    • The Veteran died because of a service-related disability, OR
    • The Veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death, OR
    • The Veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay, OR
    • The Veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility, OR
    • The Veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment, or care, OR
    • The Veteran had an original or reopened claim pending at the time of death and has been found entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to the date or death, OR
    • The Veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home.

NOTE: VA does not pay burial benefits if the deceased:

  • Died during active military service, OR
  • Was a member of Congress who died while holding office, OR
  • Was a Federal prisoner

Evidence Requirements:

Memorial HeadstoneHow to Apply

  • Complete/submit VA Form 21-530Application for Burial Allowance. You can find an office to submit the form on the VA Facility Locator page, OR
  • Apply online using eBenefitsOR
  • Work with an accredited representative or agentOR
  • Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. You can find your regional office on the VA Facility Locator page.

For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit the How to Apply page.

Additional Information

Other information regarding VA burial benefits such as flags, headstones and markers is provided by the National Cemetery Administration.

Burn Pit Registry Now Open

Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

All Desert Shield/Storm veterans, and Post-9/11 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and deployments into Djibouti are encouraged to logon to the VA’s new burn pit registry to report exposures to airborne hazards such as smoke from burn pits, oil-well fires, and other pollutants or exposures encountered during deployment, as well as other health concerns.

A registry is required to properly document whether such exposures harmed or caused other illnesses or diseases. VA officials acknowledge that troops may suffer from illnesses related to environmental exposures, and has established a surveillance program for service members exposed to the known carcinogen hexavalent chromium from a water treatment facility near Basra in 2003, but VA also said there is not yet enough scientific evidence to prove that exposure to burn pits causes long-term health problems.

Logon to the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry at https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/index.html#page/home

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