NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS PROGRAM
The VFW National Security and Foreign Affairs Program promotes VFW national security goals by aggressively representing our views before various U.S. government policymakers, elected officials, congressional committees, other veterans groups, military/defense coalitions, and federal agencies. The Director, National Security and Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the National Security Committee, the Sub-committee on POW/MIA, and the Sub-committee on Military Affairs, develops and implements the NS&FA program.
The NS&FA committee chairman, vice-committee chairmen, sub-committee chairman and sub-committee vice-chairmen and the Director, National Security and Foreign Affairs are responsible for managing the VFW National Security and Foreign Affairs Program. The NS&FA program is based on the National Security and POW/MIA Resolutions that are reviewed and approved by the appointed delegates to the VFW National Convention. The VFW Departments are encouraged to initiate department-wide programs to compliment and reinforce the VFW NS&FA Program.
The VFW NS&FA program develops and articulates a National Security and Foreign Affairs policy that guarantees our integrity as a nation, promotes our democratic ideals and interests abroad, seeks the fullest possible accounting of our comrades who are unaccounted-for from all our previous wars, and addresses the issues that are resulting in the degradation of the readiness of the armed forces and quality of life of our military personnel and their families. In addition, the program supports a strong, vibrant American military force second to none; one that is properly trained, equipped, and ready to accomplish its mission backed by a defense establishment that supports the well-being and quality of life for the men and women who serve our great nation. The NS&FA program is accomplished by the following activities:
By initiating or supporting congressional legislation to ensure a modern, technologically superior and fully funded military force backed by adequate annual defense budgets and appropriations. Legislation must strengthen the military services while improving the quality of life of the members of the armed forces and their families.
By working with Congress to support legislation that establishes foreign policies favorable to America’s interests overseas. As required, VFW leaders may articulate VFW positions to the administration or Congress whenever national security or foreign policy issues are involved. Input is provided to either the White House, Congress, or to federal departments/agencies. The NS&FA program includes foreign travel by national officers to strengthen the VFW’s influence and increase credibility on key issues.
By pushing for the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing from our nations past wars. The program pursues this issue while working with the Department of Defense, the State Department, Congress, other veterans organizations, and family groups. Pursuing the POW/MIA issue is difficult because the numbers of unaccounted-for personnel are large, the answers to questions about the missing are held by former enemies, and the length of time since our comrades have been lost is extensive. Also, VFW involvement encourages the U.S. government to continue its accounting effort with former enemies to conduct investigations, gain access to documents, conduct archival research and recovery operations.
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