our Posts are charged
with executing thefraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable and educa-tional purposes of VFW. They also preserve andstrengthen comradeship among members at thelocal level.To execute this important mission,quartermasters must take care to pro-tect their Posts’ physical and nan-cial resources. While Posts varysignicantly in membershipsize, property ownershipand nancial assets, it’simportant for leadershipto carry adequate insur-ance.Property insurance provides security againstdamages to Post facilities, their contents andother property from re and weather-relatedinjuries, as well as theft and vandalism.Liability insurance safeguards the Post if amember or guest is injured while on Postproperty or at a Post function. There is a mis-conception that liability insurance is necessaryonly for Posts who own or rent a building orhave a large membership. In reality, any Postthat holds meetings, sponsors events, conductsfundraisers or other functions should carry liabilityinsurance—no matter the size or where an activitytakes place.While it may not necessarily be required by VFWbylaws, it is the prudent thing to do. Accidents aretoo common to ignore the possibility of one occur-ring in a Post or at a Post-sponsored function.Another important aspect Posts mustconsider is coverage for specialevents and fundraisers. Whilemany types of events are cov-ered under a standard liabil-ity policy, there are manyother types of events andexposures that are notcovered under those pol-icies. When planning an event or fundraiser, itis important to take into account whether theevent will be covered under an existing poli-cy or whether the Post will need to secure apolicy or rider/endorsement written speci-cally to cover the unique exposures that mightbe present at the event.For more than 20 years, VFW has spon-sored a property and liability insurance pro-gram customized specically for VFW Posts.For information about this program call the VFW Insurance and Member ServicesDepartment at
Meet Face-to-Face with Your Lawmaker
Allen “Gunner” Kent, Adjutant General Larry Maher, Quartermaster General
Proper Insurance Coverage Protects Your Post
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VFW’s dePartMeNt leaders
have a uniqueopportunity awaiting them at this year’s LegislativeConference. This will be their time to meet face-to-face with their lawmakers to promote VFW’s PriorityGoals.On March 8, following Chief Richard Eubank’stestimony before a joint hearing of the House andSenate VA committees, Department leaders areencouraged to visit their states’ senators orrepresentatives. Be sure to make an appointment fora 15-minute visit and arrive early.Also, be prepared when youarrive. Take a letter and/or a factsheet to the meeting so the law-maker has a written reminder of your visit. Practice in advancewhat you want to say, and antic-ipate questions you thinkyour lawmaker might ask. If you are asked a questionyou can’t answer, don’tbluff.Make sure yourelax. Being too intensecan be counterpro-ductive. Mostlegislators aregregarious, friendly folks. This should be a fun expe-rience.Limit issues to no more than two. You can nd alist of our current Priority Goals on VFW’s website,
. Click on “VFW in D.C.” and on theright-hand side of that page is a box with all goalsorganized in eight categories.Present your ideas in a positive manner, and berespectful, professional and friendly. Never talkabout money or campaign contributions. And whilea sincere compliment is nice, be sparing with at-tery.When concluding the meeting, be sure to thankthe lawmaker for his or her time and thoughts onissues discussed. After you return home, follow upwith a brief thank-you note and a reminder of topicsdiscussed.These face-to-face meetings are critical for pro-moting VFW’s agenda on Capitol Hill and you, as a VFW representative, are the face of the organization.This is important work. Without lobbying, legisla-tors wouldn’t know what their constituents need.
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