Monthly Archives: January 2011


From our national HQ, the VFW is gearing up to fight a ridiculous proposal from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to cut $4.5 billion from the Department of Veterans Affairs:

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2011 — America’s oldest and largest major combat veterans’ organization announced it will do everything within its power to defeat a plan introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to cut $4.5 billion from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“No way, no how, will we let this proposal get any traction in Congress,” said Richard L. Eubank, the national commander of the 2.1 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Auxiliaries.

On her website, the three-term congresswoman lists more than $400 billion in suggestions to cut federal spending. The VA suggestion would cap increases to VA healthcare spending, and reduce disability compensation to account for Social Security Disability Insurance payments — in other words, an offset. She says her plan is intended to generate discussion.

“The only discussion the VFW wants is to tell the congresswoman that her plan is totally out of step with America’s commitment to our veterans,” said Eubank, a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Eugene, Ore.

“There are certain things you do not do when our nation is at war, and at the top of that list is not caring for our wounded and disabled servicemen and women when they return home,” he said. “I want the congresswoman to join us in a tour of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and Poly Trauma Center the next time she’s in her home district to witness firsthand the great work the VA does every day to heal their wounds and ease their pain. Then I want her to look those disabled veterans in the eye and tell them their service and sacrifice is too expensive for the nation to bear.

“The day this nation can’t afford to take care of her veterans is the day this nation should quit creating them,” said Eubank.

Contact your representative today and let them know we won’t stand for this!

Hickernell to Recognize Area Vietnam Veterans

Rep. Dave Hickernell will host a ceremony in Leffler Chapel at Elizabethtown College in March to honor veterans of the Vietnam War living in the 98th Legislative District.

“Veterans returning from the Vietnam War did not receive the heroes’ welcome given to soldiers returning from previous wars. In many cases, they were disrespected and abused by an angry public,” said Hickernell. “I hope that this event will help make it clear to them that their country has not forgotten them. Their service is appreciated and will be remembered.”

During the ceremony, Hickernell will present each veteran with a specially minted bronze medal and certificate in honor of their service.

Vietnam veterans living in the 98th District, or those who know them, are encouraged to contact Hickernell’s Elizabethtown office at (717) 367-5525 or his Columbia office at (717) 684-5525.

The 98th Legislative District includes Conoy Township, East Donegal Township, West Donegal Township, and part of West Hempfield Township (Farmdale and Ironville) and the boroughs of Columbia, Elizabethtown, Marietta and Mount Joy in Lancaster County, and Londonderry Township and part of the borough of Middletown in Dauphin County.

Rep. Dave Hickernell
98th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(717) 367-5525
(717) 684-5525
(717) 783-2076
Contact: Sean Yeakle
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 260-6137