Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW: New Jersey - NJ VFW

Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW: New Jersey - NJ VFW Welcome to the VFW Department of New Jersey's page. We are here to serve our fellow veterans By honoring the dead by helping the living, the NJ Dept.
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of VFW serves, represents and supports veterans, troops and military families. No one does more for veterans!

09/29/2023

As the largest and oldest war veterans service organization, we have a long history of supporting service members, veterans, and their families. Learn more about us.

09/28/2023

A new study on veteran food insecurity found that a third of those experiencing food need aren't seeking available assistance.

09/28/2023
09/27/2023
Busy weekend beginning with supporting the Cherry Hill Stand Down and VFW officer training in Glassboro and Manville.
09/24/2023

Busy weekend beginning with supporting the Cherry Hill Stand Down and VFW officer training in Glassboro and Manville.

09/24/2023
09/19/2023

We’ll keep saying it: Post-9/11 veterans, the passage of the PACT Act expanded and extended VA health care for veterans exposed to toxic exposure. Enroll TODAY or BEFORE the September 30 cutoff date. VA.gov/PACT

Busy week with 9/11 ceremonies and legislative action in Washington DC.
09/13/2023

Busy week with 9/11 ceremonies and legislative action in Washington DC.

09/11/2023
09/07/2023

Hello Comrades! I hope all is well! This email/Zoom meeting invite contains the URL link to the Membership Monday Webinar training for September 11th, 2023 at 2pm Central Time covering the topic: Recruiting Basics & Utilizing Post Reports. Simply click on the link just below, “Join Zoom Meeting” to join the training webinar at the scheduled time.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://vfw.zoom.us/j/8300853240

Please forward this training invitation as appropriate.

Each Membership Monday training topic is developed with the Post-level leadership in mind. Each of these sessions are intended to be live with ability for audience interaction.

All Membership Monday Webinars are planned to be held at 2:00 PM Central Time, usually on the first Monday of the month (holidays excepted).

Training is open to every member of the VFW and Auxiliary.

Each Membership Monday will be recorded and available for viewing for members who cannot attend the training live. Visit the sites below to view training topics.

• OMS under Membership Recruiting & Retention, VFW.org
• The Membership page, https://www.facebook.com/VFWmembership
• VFW YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS17GMBrjUlatKGz__QdpAoUHnXAvaPXi

If you would like to suggest a Membership Monday training topic, please email us at, [email protected].

Please let me know what questions you may have.

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https://vfw.zoom.us/j/8300853240

09/06/2023

Congratulations Post 2639 Neptune! Keep it up Commander!

09/05/2023

An Afghanistan War veteran and Mrs. America Pageant winner from Oregon uses her new platform for veterans’ advocacy and fighting homelessness.

09/05/2023
08/29/2023
VFW night at the game.
08/27/2023

VFW night at the game.

NJVN is teaming up with Sponsors to rent out a movie theater, as well as provide a pre-show party for Veteran Families! ...
08/27/2023

NJVN is teaming up with Sponsors to rent out a movie theater, as well as provide a pre-show party for Veteran Families! We will also be providing school supplies for children!
Event will be taking place on SEPTEMBER 2, 2023 Pre-party begins at 5:30pm and the Showing of Blue Beetle will begin at 7PM

For all interested parties please contact [email protected] or call/text 551-293-3049.

To see more information about New Jersey Veterans Network and their work for our veterans, please visit https://njvn.org/

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the NJ Legislature gets legislation to the Governor's desk to protect the consumer righ...
08/25/2023

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the NJ Legislature gets legislation to the Governor's desk to protect the consumer rights of veterans.
NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS THAN THE VFW

08/22/2023
08/17/2023
08/08/2023
VFW Elects Duane Sarmiento as New National CommanderThe New Jersey native is the first Filipino American elected to lead...
07/28/2023

VFW Elects Duane Sarmiento as New National Commander
The New Jersey native is the first Filipino American elected to lead the 124-year-old organization

PHOENIX (July 27, 2023) — Duane Sarmiento of Gibbstown, New Jersey, was elected today as the new national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a congressionally chartered veterans service organization comprised of approximately 1 million eligible combat veterans and military service members from all six branches of the armed forces.

“Today, I humbly stand here as a testament to the limitless potential of our great nation and a product of the American dream,” said Sarmiento during his acceptance speech. “As a kid from New Jersey, I never imagined I would be standing here to accept such a prestigious position in one of the most prestigious institutions in our country.”

Sarmiento’s election as the VFW’s 115th commander-in-chief occurred at the conclusion of the organization’s 124th National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The gathering was the first national convention held there since 2009. More than 10,000 members of the VFW and its Auxiliary converged on the city to conduct the business of the organization, recognize individuals and organizations for excellence and to elect new leadership for the 2023 – 2024 year.

Sarmiento, who is of mixed Filipino and Italian heritage, is the first person of color elected to lead the 124-year-old organization. He delivered remarks to those attending in person at the Phoenix Convention Center and watching via livestreaming video.

“As I look out into this sea of familiar faces, I am reminded of the shared experiences, the sacrifices and the bonds that have brought us together,” said Sarmiento, to the delegates in attendance from all 52 Departments, which includes Europe and Asia. “We come from different walks of life, but we share a common thread — a deep love for our country and an unwavering dedication to veterans.”

VFW membership eligibility requires honorable service in a war or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters. Sarmiento served in the United States Navy from 1988 to 1997, and the United States Naval Reserve from 2002 to 2006, earning his VFW eligibility by serving in Operations Desert Shield/Storm. In recognition of his service, he received the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars, the Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait, Kuwait Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait and numerous other medals and ribbons. In 2003, he earned the title of the Naval Reserve Center Sailor of the Year at Fort Dix.

“Throughout my time in the Navy, I witnessed firsthand the power of teamwork and the unbreakable spirit that binds us together as veterans,” said Sarmiento. “Those formative years taught me so much about camaraderie and esprit de corps, it was only natural for me to join the ranks of the VFW, an organization that means so much to generations of veterans.”

Sarmiento joined the VFW in 1990 at Post 5579 in Gibbstown, New Jersey, where he maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership. He has served in elected and appointed positions at the Post, District and Department levels, culminating with his election as the VFW Department of New Jersey Commander from 2018 to 2019. On the national level, he served as the VFW Inspector General from 2019 to 2020, and served on the National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, General Resolutions Committee, and as Special Aide-de-Camp. He is a life member of the Military Order of the Cootie, at Ky-Yi Pup Tent #1 in Delaware.

“By embracing a leadership role within our organization, we can unlock its full potential, empowering the VFW to make an even greater impact on the lives of all veterans,” said Sarmiento. “So, no matter at what level – Post, District or Department – step up, take the lead and you can make a difference in the VFW.”

Though much of his speech was spent touting the programs, work and achievements of the VFW, Sarmiento took time to espouse the value of the members, showing his passion for the fraternal side of the organization.

“We have entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses, educators who have shaped young minds, and community leaders who have made a lasting impact. We have advocates who have fought tirelessly for the rights of veterans, and caregivers who have provided unwavering support to those in need,” said Sarmiento, who retired as a police officer and director of Veterans Affairs in Gloucester County, New Jersey. “I’m here to tell you the most valuable resources to the Veterans of Foreign Wars are you – the members.”

In addition to Sarmiento, other national officers elected were Al Lippardt, a Vietnam War veteran from the Department of Georgia, as Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief, and Carol Whitmore, an Iraq War veteran from the Department of Iowa, as Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief. The final day of the convention also saw Adjutant General Dan West and Quartermaster General Marc Garduno reconfirmed in their positions.

“Regardless of your pecking order in this organization, keep this in mind – you don’t need a title to lead. You just need to care,” said Sarmiento. “People would rather follow a leader with a heart than a leader with a title.”

Sarmiento resides in Gibbstown, New Jersey with his wife Ellen.

VFW Post 12173 is proud to provide this program for free to any veteran. Just sign up and improve your health & wellbein...
07/26/2023

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VFW, Humana Team Up to Tackle Food Insecurity for VeteransThe 2023 campaign provided more than 1 million meals to vetera...
07/24/2023

VFW, Humana Team Up to Tackle Food Insecurity for Veterans
The 2023 campaign provided more than 1 million meals to veterans

PHOENIX (July 24, 2023) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Humana have exceeded their 2023 goal of providing 1 million meals to fight food insecurity among veterans as part of the Uniting to Combat Hunger campaign.

This year’s milestone brings the total to more than 4.5 million meals since the two organizations established the campaign in 2018.

“The continued support for Uniting to Combat Hunger is inspiring, but it’s important to remember this fight is far from over,” said VFW National Commander Tim Borland. “We have made great strides over the last six years, but with veterans and military families still facing hunger and food insecurity every day, we must continue to come together as a nation to address this very real issue.”

So far this year, Humana and more than 150 local VFW Posts and Auxiliaries have teamed up to lead activations in support of the Uniting to Combat Hunger campaign in 40 states, totaling more than 111,000 pounds of food and more than $171,000 donated to local food banks.

“Our veterans have already sacrificed so much – they should not have to be concerned about where they will get their next meal,” said Stephanie Muckey, who leads Humana’s health equity and social impact work focused on the veteran population. “Food insecurity is impacting the everyday lives of many veterans in communities across the country. We must face this issue together to ensure any veterans, active service men and women, and their families who are struggling have access to healthy meals.”

For veterans, regular access to healthy food may mean:
1. Spending less on health care. Food insecurity leads to an unhealthy diet. Having access to healthy foods can help prevent health problems from developing, which means fewer trips to the doctor.
2. Missing fewer days of work. Healthy foods lead to healthier bodies and minds. Healthy people don’t need as many sick days.
3. Improving health. Regular access to healthy foods can help decrease the risk of common health problems, such as diabetes, depression, hypertension and congestive heart failure.
4. Staying active. We all know if you don’t feel good, you aren’t going to want to be active. Eating low-cost, filling foods that are less nutritious can impact health and energy levels.

The Uniting to Combat Hunger campaign and other important topics important to veteran health and well-being will be part of the discussion at the 124th VFW National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, July 22-27. Humana and the VFW have worked together to support veterans for 11 years.

To learn more about the Uniting to Combat Hunger campaign, visit vfw.org/UTCH.

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About the Veterans of Foreign Wars: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With approximately 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.

About Humana: Humana Inc. is committed to putting health first – for our teammates, our customers, and our company. Through our Humana insurance services, and our CenterWell health care services, we make it easier for the millions of people we serve to achieve their best health – delivering the care and service they need, when they need it. These efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, Medicaid, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large. Learn more about what we offer at Humana.com and at CenterWell.com.

Freedom 24/7The VFW celebrates the 247th birthday of America WASHINGTON (June 30, 2023) — We tried being civil. Petition...
07/03/2023

Freedom 24/7
The VFW celebrates the 247th birthday of America

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2023) — We tried being civil. Petition after petition, the American colonies appealed to King George III for fair governance of his subjects across the Atlantic to no avail. Instead, he answered them with more injustices, more taxes and more tyranny. It was high time we broke up with the monarchy, and on July 4, 1776, with one of the most famous “Dear John” letters ever written, the thirteen colonies aired their grievances and unanimously declared our independence.

“ … in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown … ”

History has shown that the Declaration of Independence didn’t go over well with the King of Great Britain, and it would take another seven long years before he realized he couldn’t win the fight and let go. The original patriots got their first “W” in the win column for freedom.

The American War for Independence cost this country more than 6,800 lives who died in battle, and for the next nearly two and half centuries, hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members would give up their lives in combat for others to have the chance to be free.

The last line of President Abraham Lincoln’s speech at the dedication ceremony of Gettysburg National Cemetery, established just months following the end of the famous battle nearby, offers a challenge to every American citizen that resonates even today.

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
On this 247th Independence Day, the 1.5 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary asks all Americans to take time during your celebration to give thanks for those brave individuals who sacrificed everything so we can enjoy our freedom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Happy birthday, America. VFW… salute!


About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information, or to join, visit our website at vfw.org.

First 2 days of our convention.
06/16/2023

First 2 days of our convention.

06/15/2023
06/03/2023

On June 9, 2023 your local beneficiary travel office will revert to the pre-pandemic rules for processing your beneficiary travel claims. What does that mean for you?

Any claims filed on or after June 9, 2023 must be for medical appointments within the preceding 30 calendar days.

Here are some tips to help get your claims paid quickly:

• If your appointment was with a community provider, you’ll also need to provide proof of attendance with your claim.
• The fastest way to file your beneficiary travel claim is by using the Beneficiary Travel Self Service System (BTSSS).

For more information on beneficiary travel benefits, or to get started with BTSSS, visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/get-reimbursed-for-travel-pay/.

Never forget.
05/29/2023

Never forget.

With the words, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” President Lincoln a...
05/19/2023

With the words, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” President Lincoln affirmed the government’s obligation to care for those injured during the war and to provide for the families of those who perished on the battlefield.
For generations American families have sent their sons and daughters off to war only to have many return with horrific combat injures, illnesses, and debilitating conditions due to exposure of toxic chemicals such as Agent Orange, oil field fires, and burn pits.
Come on out & help us get Senate Bill S-2285 and Assembly bill A-3604 across the finish line and help our disabled veterans afford to say in their homes, and help our transitioning out of the military and lower income veterans own a home.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legislative-action-for-disabled-veteran-property-tax-relief-tickets-638820588577

05/10/2023

DISTRIBUTE WIDELY: Please share this special enrollment information with all of the Veterans you engage. October 1, 2023 is rapidly upon us. This opportunity will end! Do not want to see a missed opportunity connecting to VA health care. This special enrollment is due to PACT Act and offers Veterans (meeting the eligibility time frames shown in the picture below) an opportunity they will not have again, unless they have a future service connected disability rating.

04/29/2023

Safety Advisory: For all Veterans, staff and visitors,

It is nesting season at the Lyons campus. Take precaution, geese can be particularly aggressive during the nesting season in the in the spring and after their gosling's hatch.
US Fish and Wildlife Service has been contacted and will assist our FMS staff in relocating nests safely, to another part of the campus.

Confrontations
If a goose becomes aggressive, stare the animal down, back away slowly, and keep watching the goose. As you back away, do not act hostile or aggressive, but remain neutral in your behavior. Do not hit, kick, or swing at the goose. This will only agitate it more and may even encourage its mate of other geese to attack.
If the goose flies towards your face, duck or move away at a 90-degree angle to the direction of the flight, while still facing the goose.

The VFW and the Disabled American Veterans proposed S2285 sponsored by Senator Joseph Cryan, Military & Veterans Affairs...
04/27/2023

The VFW and the Disabled American Veterans proposed S2285 sponsored by Senator Joseph Cryan, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee Chair and A3604 Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee Chair.

These bills allow all veterans with a service-connected disability from 10% to 90% to receive a property tax rebate in proportion to the percentage of their service-connected disability. As a tax rebate this legislation also provides relief for veterans who rent which will greatly improve the lives of our younger transitioning and lower income veterans who can really use a hand up.

These bills also protect those veterans and surviving spouses granted the 100% disabled property tax exemption, along with the surviving spouses of those service members killed on active duty.
Unfortunately, similar legislation introduced as bill A-888 excludes 25,900 of New Jersey’s veterans leaving them without relief while costing the state $190.9 million more every year. In recent email communications with the sponsor, he stated ”I have two major amendments about to happen”, proving his bill is poorly drafted and not ready for a floor vote.

To get this legislation passed before the summer recess, we need your support by contacting your State Senator and Assemblymembers. Click the link below for further information.

https://conta.cc/4459zmC

04/17/2023

Our Post honors the sacrifices of Maj Dwayne Kelley and SSgt Jorge Oliveira and all military veteran law enforcement officers.

Busy training weekend for the NJ VFW. We had incoming District Commander training in Tome River Saturday & Sunday, and o...
04/16/2023

Busy training weekend for the NJ VFW. We had incoming District Commander training in Tome River Saturday & Sunday, and our Service Officers are attending training in Annapolis MD to better serve the veteran community.
NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS THAN THE VFW.

04/12/2023
04/04/2023

Yesterday, The Washington Post Editorial Board suggested America balance its budget on the backs of veterans. The VFW has heard these tired arguments before but was shocked to see them endorsed by an institution like the Washington Post.

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The American flag is the only one we all committed to, that should fly over our posts with service flags and POW/MIA flags. Many of us have deep conflicts with certain special interests based on our religious faiths. This letter from the commander of NJ is decisive, pandering and demonstrates a disregard for the VFW mandate. We are an organization of combat veterans not special interests outside of that.
Thank you to the Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW: New Jersey - NJ VFW! We appreciate you sending a letter showing your support for flying the Pride flag in Sparta New Jersey . 🏳️‍🌈

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the last US combat troops leaving Vietnam. At our Spring Concert on May 9th we will be performing An American Elegy and with the permission of the composer we will dedicate it to all those who served in Vietnam. We also planning a special halftime show this fall in honor of Vietnam Veterans.
To all those who served in Vietnam we say thank you for your service and welcome home!

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW: New Jersey - NJ VFW is an incredible partner in taking care of our veterans, and I always appreciate our discussions on how I can best support their work on a federal level.

Thanks to the Department for coming to speak with me about the need for additional Vet Centers in New Jersey, as well as how we can prevent veteran su***de and protect veterans against financial scams.
As NJ VFW’s 2022 Legislator of the Year, Congressman Kim is committed to continuing his work on behalf of our local veterans.

Congressman Kim spoke with NJ VFW today about how we can build off of last year’s success and expand veterans’ healthcare access even more.
Today, I met with NJ VFW Past Commander Luddie Austin and members of NJ VFW posts.

Our veterans fought for our freedoms and deserve quality healthcare and benefits. In Congress, I'll work on the implementation of the PACT Act and improving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs essential services.
with our Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW: New Jersey - NJ VFW family during their 2022 State Convention in ! We are excited to see you all during the 2023 State Convention. 🇺🇸️
Resident BJ Drews, an accomplished quilter and member of Turtle Creek Peacemakers, an NJ chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, has selflessly carried forth the mission of these organizations to present quilts to US Veterans in appreciation for their service and sacrifice for our country. In doing so, BJ has offered quilts to all Applewood veterans. At a recent ceremony, 10 Applewood resident-veterans received their hand-crafted quilts from BJ along with resident Deena Wolfson and Resident Association President Phyllis Bruce. "The Turtle Creek Peacemakers hope these quilts provide comfort and pride to our veterans for many years to come," BJ notes. Learn more about the Quilts of Valor Foundation: https://www.qovf.org/

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and Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW: New Jersey - NJ VFW together as ! We both understand how difficult it is to navigate benefits and how overwhelming it is discussing do's and don'ts and what is what.......
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Thank you, Jay Boxwell Jr, for your , your , and your unwavering commitment to our brothers and sisters!

Be on the lookout for the VFW NJ Team and pickup your own keychain!
’s Northeast Regional Deputy Director MSG Colin Cyr had the opportunity to talk about Soldier For Life’s mission at the Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW: New Jersey - NJ VFW Mid-Winter Conference this past weekend.

Shadow and I got to lead Another fun New Jersey Veterans Network/ Veterans of Foreign Wars - VFW: New Jersey - NJ VFW veterans family trip yesterday ! This time we went to Philadelphia had some Philly Cheesesteaks and visited the Rocky steps and statues big ups to everyone who came ! Everyone had a blast ! Big thank you to our donors and supporters for making things like this happen !
I just wanted to share my new veteran-based book series, the Guardians of Rockport. Retired Air Force OSI special agent Doug Chapman has prepared his family for the worst. But when society collapses, the town of Rockport asks him to serve once again. Leading a band of military veterans and vol firefighters, they protect their community as civilization collapses around them.
New Jersey VFW Council of Administration meeting. With National Jr Vice Commander in Chief Al Lipphardt. 🫡🇺🇸VFW: New Jersey - NJ New Jersey VFW State Commander New Jersey VFW Senior Vice Commander Past Department of New Jersey Commander 2021-2022
I just wanted to share my new veteran-based post apocalypse book series, the Guardians of Rockport. Retired Air Force OSI special agent Doug Chapman has prepared his family for the worst. But when the town of Rockport asks him to serve once again, he leads a band of military veterans and vol firefighters to protect their community as society collapses around them.