Action Corps Weekly

 February 19, 2016

 

In This Issue:

1. VFW Launches Mobile App for 2016 Legislative Conference

2. Energy Industry Hiring Veterans

3. Vietnam Wall “In Memory” Program

4. Korean War Soldier Identified

1. VFW Launches Mobile App for 2016 Legislative Conference: With the 2016 VFW Legislative Conference only days away, the VFW has designed a new mobile app to give attendees the tools needed to make the most of their visit to our nation’s capital. As the official guide to the 2016 VFW Legislative Conference, the VFW DC 2016 mobile app is available for download at both the App Store and the Google Play Store. For more information on the mobile app, read the VFW’s press release here: http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/2016-Articles/VFW-Launches-Mobile-App/.  

2. Energy Industry Hiring Veterans: Vets4Energy is the latest initiative to attract transitioning service members to one of America’s largest industries. Similar to other industry initiatives, such as Helmets to Hardhats and Veterans on Wall Street, Vets4Energy created an online Veterans Energy Pipeline to help service members translate their military occupations into the oil and natural gas industry, which currently employs 9 million Americans and is expected to hire a million more over the next half decade. The “Pipeline” translates all types of military jobs into their more commonly known civilian equivalents, both blue and white collar. Sponsored by the membership-based American Petroleum Institute, the Vets4Energy website also provides direct links to American Petroleum Institute’s member corporations and contractors. Learn more at: http://www.vets4energy.com/.

3. Vietnam Wall “In Memory” Program: More than 58,000 names meet the Defense Department’s criteria to be etched into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but those who survived the war — but later died as a result of their service — are not. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund acknowledges their service and sacrifice through an online “In Memory” Honor Roll. Causes of death that fit the criteria for inclusion in the program include exposure to Agent Orange, PTSD-related illnesses/events, cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, etc. The program is free and the application process is simple. To honor a loved one, you only need to submit the veteran's DD214 to show their proof of service in the Vietnam War, a copy of their death certificate, and a photograph. The application deadline for inclusion in the 2016 ceremony is March 4. For information or to submit applications, go to: http://www.vvmf.org/InMemoryProgram.

4. Korean War Soldier Identified: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of Army Cpl. Eldon W. Ervin, 22, of Ottawa County, Okla., who will be buried with full military honors on a date and location yet to be determined. He was assigned to Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division and was lost fighting in North Korea on Nov. 28, 1950.

To sign up new veterans’ advocates, click here: http://capwiz.com/vfw/mlm/signup.htm.

As always, we want to hear your advocacy stories. To share your stories or photos with us, simply email them directly to vfwac@vfw.org.