Bette Jean Biedrzycki
2016-2017 National Legislative Ambassador
The VFW and Auxiliary legislative grassroots network is strong and fosters a better understanding of veterans issues, not only for those involved in government, but also for our members.
What makes a good advocate?
- Don’t just read the bulletins; respond when asked
- Know the issue(s)
- Be involved in your community
- Attend town hall meetings
- Host town hall meetings
- Meet the legislators in your district. This will build rapport with them (and their staff). They will know you are watching their actions on veteran’s issues. Be sure to work with your Department’s legislative committee.
- Send e-mails and/or letters and make phone calls to legislators in support for or against proposed bills.
Know where to get up-to-date information.
- Use the Action Corps Weekly e-newsletter, blogs and testimony. Your personal story should be included in that information.
- Share information with your Post, Auxiliary, family and other supporters. When you do this, you will build a network of advocates for issues affecting veterans and their families.
- Share the VFW actions and success stories with others. It is important for everyone to know the VFW is changing legislation. The most recent can be found here: http://www.vfw.org/VFW-in-DC/Action-Corps/.
- Talking points (the VFW Priority Goals) are always available on the VFW website here: http://www.vfw.org/VFWinDC/.
Please refer to our guidelines on candidate support as an Auxiliary member. When attending rallies or town hall meetings be sure that you are known as a member for this reason: YOU SUPPORT VETERANS ISSUES AND YOU VOTE.