Legislative action is a core pillar of the VFW that provides life changing support for its

members and the veterans community at large. Further, as the VFW leads on issues that help our

veterans, our leadership can inspire others to join us as Comrades in our organization. Over the

course of the next 12 months the VFW Department of Michigan will be working relentlessly,

fighting on issues at the state and national levels that are of dire importance to the health and

safety of our community. We will be tackling the issues of toxic exposure and the need for

presumption of benefits; VA drug over-prescribing and the suicides of veterans under VA care.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment(HBOT) for TBI and PTSD. Additionally, we will be

working on a variety of issues that are part of the VFW National Legislative Agenda, which are

needed for the betterment of our community. To that end, we will only be successful if our

District Level Advocates engage with their elected officials, fighting for the welfare and

benefits of our veterans and their families.

As such, we ask that District Level Advocate will work directly with the Department

Legislative Director Cameron Zbikowski to stay abreast of active

legislation, and to help identify a volunteer "District Level Advocate” within their respective

districts. The only requirement is that they be passionate about advocating for veterans and their

families, and that they are organized and communicate with the District and Department

Legislative Chairs regularly. There will be an award presented at the State Convention to the

District Level Advocate with the most contact with state and federal representatives.

District Level Advocates Duties and Responsibilities:

● Professionalism and Bipartisan support for legislation is vital to the success of the

VFW. The District Level Advocates represent the VFW and its members and will be in

direct contact with state and federal legislators and their staff, to maintain long-term

relationships with these offices.

● Provide updates on communications with elected officials to the District and

Department Legislative Chairs,

● These individuals should adhere to the talking points provided from VFW National

and Department Headquarters

● All District Level Advocates, at a minimum quarterly, to Department Activities

Director Bob Lutz in order to qualify for All State.

● District Level Advocates should also be encouraging all new and existing members

to enroll for the VFW Action Corps weekly, and to inspire others to become active in

fighting for veterans and their families.


Email the legislative team: legislative@vfwmi.vet


 VFW Action Center

Michigan Senators, Representatives and Bills:   www.michiganlegislature.org

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U.S. Representatives:                                             www.house.gov

2023 Commander's Group Legislative Priorities