VFW Legislative report
The VFW department Illinois made great use of our resolution process at the national convention. Most of our resolutions passed at the national convention.
Of great concern to me was the resolution on the guard/reserve retiree act. This resolution would give veteran status to retired guard/reserve members. This resolution came about as a result of our efforts to admit the guard reserve retirees into our state veterans homes. The VA advised that they would not pay Per diem for those who do not possess a DD form 214 with active duty. This resulted in our resolution to ask Congress to give title 38 status, veteran status to guard reserve retirees who did not have a DD 214. These patriots served 20+ years serving on active duty for training or state active duty. They are veterans and the national convention agreed. Please when speaking to your congressman or our senators urge them to support veteran status for Guard and reserve retirees.