The VFW is steadfast in its commitment to improve the quality of life for all active military and Reserve Component members and their families. The U.S. armed forces deserve base pay equity with their private sector counterparts; and increased funding is a must to upgrade or replace the infrastructure of housing, recreation, and working facilities.
The nature of how the United States utilizes the guard and reserve has changed considerably over the last decade. The U.S. no longer has a force in strategic reserve. The Reserve Component is considered and operational force and is shouldering more of the national security burden with frequent mobilizations and deployments. The VFW is increasing its efforts to provide guard and reserve members with benefits and entitlements equal to their participation and contribution to U.S. national security. Congress must lower the Reserve Component retirement pay age to 55 and provide an affordable premium based healthcare insurance option to all members and their families.