Veterans of Foreign Wars Presents Congressman Bob Filner with Outstanding Service Award

Posted by Nick Kump at Jun 01, 2012 12:25 PM |
Press release 5.31.12

SACRAMENTO – The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Department of California, announced today that Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA) will be the first recipient of its Outstanding Service Recognition Award. The award will be presented to Congressman Filner during the Joint Opening Ceremony of the 92nd VFW Department of California State Convention on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Sacramento.

As the Representative of the 51st Congressional District, which includes Imperial County and southern San Diego County, Congressman Filner has been a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for over 22 years, serving as Chairman of the Committee from 2007-2011.

In his first Congressional session as Chairman, Congressman Filner was aggressive in his efforts improve the lives of veterans, holding 107 committee hearings – more than double the two previous Congresses combined. Filner’s proactive agenda as Chairman advanced the passage of several pieces of legislation to improve overall health care benefits, education benefits and housing benefits for veterans.

“For over two decades, Congressman Filner has worked determinedly to provide our veterans with the benefits that they have earned and deserve,” said Bobby Price, VFW, Department of California State Commander. “Congressman Filner understands that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created hundreds of thousands of veterans and it is this nation’s duty to care for them when they return. The VFW presents this award to him in recognition of the millions of veterans’ lives he has impacted thanks to his dedication and service.”

Significant accomplishments of Congressman Filner and his Committee are detailed below:

Improved Budget

  • Congress added $17.7 billion worth of new money for veterans’ health  care and services
  • Addressing Health Care Treatment and Access 
  • Additional health care eligibility for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans 
  • Improved mental health services
  • Joshua Omvig Suicide Prevention Act addresses suicide prevention and support

Increased Benefits

  • Improved gas mileage reimbursement for veterans
  • Increased job protection for returning veterans
  • Grants allow severely injured veterans to participate in the U.S. Olympic Paralympics Program

Improved Housing Needs of Veterans

  • New legislation provides veterans with the necessary time to readjust from the battlefield back into their communities without the fear of losing their homes
  • The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 prohibits foreclosure for nine months after military service and provides increased loan limits/ low interest loans for veterans

G.I. Bill for the 21st Century

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers the cost of a college education at a public university to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service
  • Reserve and National Guard benefits are tied to length of service, better reflecting the sacrifice of citizen soldiers 
  • Soldiers and veterans now have the option of transferring education benefits to their spouses and children

For more information on the VFW and the 92nd VFW Department of California State Convention go to

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans' service organization composed of combat veterans and those who currently serve on active duty or in the Guard and Reserves. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and is one of its oldest veterans' organizations. With 2.1 million members located in 7,700 VFW Posts worldwide, the VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans service, legislative initiatives, youth scholarships, Buddy Poppy and national military service programs.  Annually, the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 11 million hours of community service to the nation.

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