Bob Jones, Past All-American State Commander and National Legislative Committee Member of the Department of Idaho Veterans of Foreign Wars, and his wife, Carmelita, Outstanding Past State President of the VFW represented Idaho at the 120th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Orlando, Florida, this past week.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie joined the more than 10,000 members of the VFW and its Auxiliary delegates, representing the organization's 1.7 million members at the week-long convention. The VFW mission is to approve new national priorities to guide the organization as it advocates Congress on issues important to the nation's veterans, service members and their families. In addition, convention delegates elected a new VFW National Commander, William “Doc” Schmitz from New York as the VFW Commander-in-Chief for the year 2019-2020.

Secretary Pompeo addressed issues, challenges and successes as it pertains to America’s overseas alliances, returning missing and unaccounted-for service members home to their families, and ongoing efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and material.

Secretary Wilkie, discussed ongoing initiatives to return VA benefits to Blue Water Navy Veterans, as well as the proper implementation of the VA Mission Act, and program enhancements to women’s health, mental health, homelessness and access to VA care.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in almost 6,500 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans’ service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.