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The Veterans of Foreign Wars traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. 
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 
Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Commander's Corner

Commander Brian Rodriguez

Finish your benefits claims within one year to be eligible for the most backdated benefits 

Last year, more Veterans submitted their "intent to file” (ITF) for benefits claims than ever before. These ITFs are disability compensation claims that Veterans started, but didn’t finish, and they’re an important tool because they help Veterans preserve their earliest possible effective date for their benefits claim, which makes them potentially eligible for backdated benefits. 

If you submitted an ITF last year, you must act fast. You only have 365 days from when you submitted your ITF to complete it. Here’s everything you need to know about ITFs and submitting your full claim:  

How long do I have to finish my intent to file? 

You must finish your intent to file—and submit your complete claim—within 365 days of submitting to preserve the earliest possible effective date for your benefits. 

What does this mean under the PACT Act? 

If we grant your benefits under the PACT Act and you submitted your intent to file on or before Aug. 14, 2023, you may be eligible for retroactive benefits dating back to Aug. 10, 2022—the date PACT Act was signed into law.  

What does this mean for non-PACT claims?

If we grant your benefits, we’ll provide benefits that likely will date back to at least the date when you began your intent to file. We call this retroactive benefits (or backdated benefits). And this could be thousands of dollars. 

How do I check the status of my ITF? 

The quickest and easiest way to check the status of your PACT Act claim is to sign into your va.gov account with your existing Login.gov, ID.me, DS Logon or My HealtheVet account. If you don’t have any of these accounts, you can create a free Login.gov or ID.me account. Once you are signed into your account, simply follow these three steps to check the status of your PACT Act claim.

  • Go to your "My VA” dashboard. You will find the link for this dashboard in the top right corner of the page once you’re signed in.
  • Scroll down to the "Track Claims” section. There, you will see a summary of the latest status information for any open claims or appeals you may have, to include open ITFs.
  • Click on the "View Status” button for a specific claim. You’ll go to a page with more details about that claim’s status and supporting evidence. Evidence may include documents like doctor’s reports or medical test results. 

Is it too late to file a claim if I haven’t already?

It’s never too late to file a claim or ITF for the benefits you deserve. You can file one by logging into, or creating, a VA.gov account and submitting online. You can also submit to a VA regional office near you, or work with a trained professional, like a VA accredited representative or VSO, to get help filing a claim for disability compensation. Other options include calling 1-800-827-1000 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST or by fax using 844-531-7818. 

Will I be charged for submitting a claim or intent to file? 

No. Remember, VA will never charge you for assistance filing for benefits. They are your benefits, and you earned them. To protect yourself from predatory claims agents, you have the right to verify anyone’s credentials before filing a claim or providing personal information.  

If I miss the one-year deadline, what happens? 

You can still finish your claim anytime, and we encourage you to do so. The only thing that may change is the effective date of your benefits.  

For more information about ITFs, visit https://www.va.gov/resources/your-intent-to-file-a-va-claim/. 


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Sponsor - 65th Infantry Motorcycle Association

The 65th Infantry Regiment Motorcycle Association Inc. was Founded Aug 2013  and Incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania with all rights, privileges, rules and regulations of the Department of State Bureau of Corporations and Organizations in the State of Pennsylvania.

The 65th Infantry Regiment Motorcycle Association is a Non-Profit Military and Law Enforcement  Veteran service club, Social, Educational, Patriotic,  which is a Non-Political and Non-Partisan .

Our Members are comprised of military and law enforcement veterans & professionals that have a passion for motorcycling.

The Black Shield and White Maltese Cross represents the Habit worn by the Knights of Malta, an Old Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem for which the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico was named after. 

We Honor our Original 65th Infantry Regiment veterans who served in WWI, WWII & Korea who are nicknamed the Borinqueneers Veterans by wearing the Regimental  Coat of Arms Colors. Their Motto is "Honor Et Fidelitas" which is Latin for "Honor and Fidelity".