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The VFW's presence on Capitol Hill allows VFW officials to monitor and lobby Congress for legislative action targeted toward maintaining a strong national defense and improving military benefits and quality of life for all veterans, including those currently serving in the active-duty military, the National Guard and the Reserves.

The VFW has played an instrumental role in nearly every piece of veterans legislation passed in the 20th century, as well as bills developed in the 21st.

Most recently, VFW efforts halted the Department of Veterans Affairs proposal to re-review more than 70,000 cases it had already decided for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The review’s sole purpose was to revoke awards for disability compensation under the guise of fraud review.

One of the VFW's most successful legislative push was making college education affordable for military servicemembers with the signing of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights, and in 1984, the signing of the Montgomery GI Bill. You can learn more about VFW victories, by reading our comprehensive list of VFW's History of Legislative Achievements. http://www.vfw.org/legislative/legislature.pdf