National Legislative Service

Carrying the Voice of 22 Million Veterans

Our nation made a promise to those who serve, and we fight to ensure it's kept.

Legislative Priorities

The location of our Washington, D.C., office allows us to monitor all legislation affecting veterans, alert VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and to actively lobby Congress and the administration on veterans' issues. National Legislative Service establishes the VFW's legislative priorities and advocates on veterans' behalf. By testifying at congressional committee hearings and interacting with congressional members, the VFW has played an instrumental role in nearly every piece of veterans' legislation passed since the beginning of the 20th century. Everything we do on Capitol Hill is with the VFW’s Priority Goals and veterans' well-being in mind. With the strength of the more than 1.5 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary, our voice on Capitol Hill cannot be ignored!

Among the VFW's most recent and important legislative victories was expanding college education benefits for military service members with the signing of the  Forever GI Bill, and ensuring America's service members and veterans receive the care they deserve - whenever and wherever they need it - by passing the VA MISSION Act.


Our 2021 Priority Goals:


  • Budget

    • Reform the dysfunctional federal budget process.
    • Authorize VA to receive reimbursements from TRICARE and Medicare.
    • Properly fund the POW/MIA full accounting mission.
    • Never reduce one veteran’s benefits to pay for another.
  • Health Care

    • Reduce the number of service members and veterans who die by suicide.
    • Preserve the integrity of TRICARE.
    • Properly implement VA and DOD health IT systems.
    • Strengthen care and research for mental health and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
    • Improve programs and services for women and minority veterans.
    • Research and effectively treat health conditions associated with toxic exposures.
    • Eliminate copayment requirements for preventive health care, including medications.
    • Research the efficacy of medical cannabis.
    • Expand telehealth services.
    • Expand nursing home eligibility, and long-term care options.
  • Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

    • Properly implement the modernized appeals process.
    • Consider treatment of presumptive conditions as a claim for disability compensation.
    • Extend Persian Gulf War disability compensation eligibility beyond 2021 and to Afghanistan-theater veterans, and reform the relevant Disability Benefits Questionnaire.
    • Establish presumptive disability compensation benefits for hearing loss, tinnitus, TBI, blast survivors, and for health conditions associated with toxic exposures.
    • Require VA to accept private medical evidence in lieu of VA examinations.
    • Increase burial allowances to account for inflation and include spouses’ information on all headstones.
    • Authorize more than one adaptive automotive grant for disabled veterans.
    • Update regulations and laws governing claims to account for digital claims processing.
    • Transfer control of the Mare Island Naval Cemetery to the National Cemetery Administration.
  • Education, Employment and Transition Assistance

    • Timely and improved transition assistance, including access to programs after they leave military service.
    • High-quality and sustainable education benefits.
    • Strong employment and training programs.
    • Small business development opportunities.
    • Civilian credentials or academic credit for military training.
    • Hiring preferences in the civil service and with large government contractors.
    • National veterans treatment court advocates.
    • Education and training in new and expanding career fields.
    • Affordable housing and wraparound services to avoid homelessness.
    • Improved character of discharge review and appeals procedures.
  • Military Quality of Life

    • Increase military base pay comparability with private sector wages.
    • Protect and improve on-base quality of life programs.
    • Ensure that military housing is safe and free of toxic substances.
    • End the military retirement pay and VA disability compensation offset.
    • Eliminate sexual assaults in the military.
    • Establish the Armed Forces University.
    • Ensure equity of benefits for Reserve component service members.
    • Improve stability and support for military families.
  • National Security, Foreign Affairs and POW/MIA

    • Expand partnerships with host nations and private/public organizations to achieve the fullest possible accounting of U.S. military personnel missing from all wars.
    • Provide the necessary funding of at least five percent of GDP for the readiness, training, modernization, health care, and quality-of-life initiatives for the armed forces.
    • Preserve the all-volunteer force.