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VMFP Joins Military Family lawsuit against Prudential

Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP) has agreed to serve as the organizational plaintiff in an action being brought against Prudential Insurance Company of America and Prudential Financial. Inc. due to the company's handling of life insurance proceeds for fallen military service members and veterans. The law firm of  Scott+Scott LLP filed the complaint in United States District Court, District of New Jersey.

"This case arises out of the predatory and unconscionable insurance practices Prudential uses to misappropriate hundreds of millions of dollars worth of life insurance proceeds that are properly due to the beneficiaries of fallen military service members and veterans," states the preliminary statement in the filing.

This action seeks disgorgement of Prudential’s ill-gotten gains, restitution, damages, treble damages, exemplary damages, attorneys’ fees, costs and declaratory and injunctive relief against Prudential.

Securities Class Action Services 50 has ranked Scott+Scott LLP one of the top 20 plaintiff’s law firms in the United States. The firm is based in Colchester, CT, with additional offices in California, New York, and Ohio.

VMFP is an organization dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, active-duty service members and their families are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by legislation, regulation, and public policy initiatives.

Posted on 12 Nov 2010
VMFP's Bill Dooling Recognized at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox have a program to publicly acknowledge, via a pregame tribute, individuals from around New England who the Sox organization has determined have made significant contributions to the New England community.

Yesterday afternoon, just before the Red Sox-Yankee game, I was so honored at Fenway Park as “The Most Valuable Teacher of the Game”.  The following is the statement read over the PA system while I stood in public view near home plate. It felt good to hear VMFP’s notable achievements receive a public acknowledgement to a sold-out Fenway Park .

“Bill Dooling is retired U S Army officer and Vietnam Veteran who greatly enjoyed his 29-year professional career teaching Social Studies to the terrific students of Millis High School. While at Millis, Bill also had the pleasure and sometimes memorable moments of teaching the “on the road“ portion of Driver Education to over 2500 Millis students. Bill still maintains contact with many of his former students whom he now considers as good friends.

Upon retirement from the Millis School system in 2002, Bill chose to do volunteer work with veterans and military families.  In 2005 he was one of the original founders of the Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP) organization.  VMFP’s mission is to work to insure that our nation fulfills its moral responsibility to our veterans and the military families who have served and sacrificed for America.  VMFP sponsors, supports and advocates for legislation that will ensure that the nation’s obligation to our veterans when they “come home” is fulfilled.  Thus far VMFP has been effective in this effort, having witnessed 27 of its proposed national pro-veteran/military families bills become public law.”

Bill Dooling

Posted on 04 Oct 2010
VMFP Applauds First Lady and Dr. Biden on Call for Support of Military Families

Entertainment Industry Foundation and Major League Baseball Join the Cause

 

September 15, 2009 - Washington, D.C. - Veterans and Military Families for Progress commends First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, as well as the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Major League Baseball for their innovative efforts to encourage support of military families by the American public. 
 
"Their message, calling for support of those serving and their families, is right in line with VMFP's mission," said Matt Cary, president of the national non-profit membership organization which is committed to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, active-duty service members and their families are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by legislation, regulation, and public policy initiatives.
Posted on 15 Sep 2009
VMFP Releases Preliminary Agenda, Speakers to Include Reps from DOD, VA, Non-Profits, Private Sector, and Labor

September 2, 2009

Conference to Cover “Coming Home” Issues faced by Vets and Their Families

 September 2, 2009 - Washington, D.C. - Veterans and Military Families for Progress, a national membership organization advocating on behalf of veterans, active duty, and military families, released its preliminary agenda today for biennial national conference taking place at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington Virginia on Sept. 25-27, 2009. 

Posted on 01 Sep 2009
VMFP Announces Recognition Award Nominees for 2009

Bob Woodruff, Rep. Chris Smith Among the Nominees

 

August 25, 2009 - Washington, D.C. - Veterans and Military Families for Progress announced the nominees for its recognition awards to be given during its 2009 biennial national conference, including Members of Congress, veteran suicide prevention advocates, a noted author covering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and ABC reporter Bob Woodruff
Posted on 01 Sep 2009
VMFP to Cover Veteran and Military Family Coming Home Issues, Savings Bond Program Proposal at Upcoming Conference in Arlington, VA

August 25, 2009

Washington, D.C.: 

Veterans and Military Families for Progress, a national membership organization advocating on behalf of veterans, active duty, and military families, is holding its biennial national conference at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington Virginia, Sept. 25-27, 2009.  Several hundred members and other advocates from a myriad of other organizations around the country are expected to attend, as well as Members of Congress, appointed government officials and other high-profile speakers.

Posted on 01 Sep 2009
Ralph Parrott of Empowering Veterans Joins VMFP Board of Directors

August 12, 2009

 

Cpt. Ralph Parrott, (USN Ret.), founder of Empowering Veterans, a national membership organization advocating on behalf of veterans since 2006, has joined the non-partisan not-for-profit 501(c)(4) advocacy organization Veterans and Military Families for Progress in a leadership role.  As he has folded up Empowering Veterans, he encourages his organization’s members to join VMFP too.

Posted on 01 Sep 2009
VMFP Joins Union Veterans Council, Strongly Supports EFCA

August 12, 2009

VMFP Joins Union Veterans Council, Strongly Supports EFCA

 

Recognizing the synergy between fighting for one’s country and preserving fair and equitable workers’ rights, VMFP has joined the newly formed AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council to take up the mantle of the Employee Free Choice Act and represent working families most who have veteran connections. 

 

“Workers and their families, especially veterans, who have risked their lives to protect our freedom have earned the right to negotiate with corporations for better wages and increased benefits", said Matt Cary, President of Veterans and Military Families for Progress."VMFP is proud to join the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council and the other Veterans Groups in securing the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act".

Posted on 01 Sep 2009
History Made as VMFP-Endorsed VET Corps Act Becomes Law

April 21, 2009

Washington, D.C.: 

The first session of the 111th Congress passed another piece of legislation successfully sponsored and “mentored” by Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP), a non-profit national membership organization advocating on behalf of Veterans, those serving, and their families. 

Posted on 01 Sep 2009
VMFP proposes a National Veteran and Military Family Savings Bond Program

Veterans and Military Families organization calls for new Savings Bond Program to fund returning veterans and military family programs

 

Washington, D.C.:  Following nearly four years of research and development, Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP) introduced a 21st Century Savings Bond Program to fund initiatives that serve America’s returning heroes and their families to the House Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. this week.

 

VMFP President Matt Cary met with the House Veterans Affairs Committee this week to recommend the savings bond program while seeking support for a much-needed comprehensive national Veterans and Military Families Policy which will prioritize, implement, and propose new proactive approaches to administer, legislate, and address the areas of outreach and advocacy, physical and mental healthcare, educational advancement, career opportunities, housing assistance, and eradication of homelessness for veterans, those serving, and their families.  These initiatives would be funded, in large part, by the proposed Veteran and Military Family Savings Bond program. 

Posted on 22 Jan 2009
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Vet and Military Family Non-Profit Receives IAM Funding

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Values and Supports the work of Veterans and Military Families for Progress

 

Washington,DC: 

 

Veterans and Military Families for Progress (www.vmfp.org), is delighted to announce receipt of a donation of $5,000 towards its mission.  The donation comes from International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a labor organization representing members across North America.

Posted on 30 Dec 2008
VMFP Endorses Barack Obama for President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL CONTACT:

Matt Cary, President

Tel: (202) 841-1687

president@vmfp.org

 

Veterans and Military Families for Progress

endorses Barack Obama for President

 

Washington, D.C.:  

 

By vote of the Board of Directors, Veterans and Military Families for Progress (www.vmfp.org) proudly endorses Senator Barack Obama in the upcoming United States presidential  election.  Founded in 2005, VMFP is dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, those currently serving (including national guard and reservists), and their families are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by legislation, regulation, and public policy initiatives.

Posted on 28 Oct 2008
Vets Enter the 21st Century with New GI Bill!

It has been a long and arduous road, but veterans can finally say America is living up to its promise, thanks to the efforts of Sen. Jim Webb, Congress, and groups like Veterans and Military Families for Progress.     

 

For the past 17 months, VMFP National President, Matt Cary, Stefan Stent, President of the Capital Region Chapter of VMFP, and other members of VMFP worked closely with members of the House and Senate Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, and with individual legislators to ensure passage of Webb’s Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act which President Bush signed into law today. 

Posted on 01 Jul 2008
Wounded Warrior Bill Becomes Law

After Tough Battle, Wounded Warrior Bill Becomes Law

 

Washington, D.C.:  

It took an act of Congress, literally, to ensure America’s injured veterans received the care and consideration they deserve after serving their country, but the Wounded Warrior Act was finally signed into law by President Bush when he approved the Defense Authorization Act in January.  

 

Attaching the measure to the Pentagon Budget was the only way sponsoring lawmakers felt the legislation would get approved since Bush signaled preference of similar legislation that fell short of addressing the needs of combat-injured members of the National Guard and Reserves.

 

“To see this kind of opposition to something so important was stunning!”  Matt Cary, president of Veterans and Military Families for Progress said. “We issue a blank check for this administration and the Pentagon to execute the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but when it comes to addressing the ‘coming home’ issues of our veterans, the administration wants to pinch pennies?  You’ve got to be kidding me!”

Posted on 13 Jun 2008
VMFP's Matt Cary on Pacifica Radio Memorial Day

VMFP President Matt Cary will appear on the Pacifica Radio Network on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th at 10AM Eastern time. Those in the Washington DC Metro Area can listen live on FM Station 89.3.  The program will be accessible to listeners in the DC, Maryland and Northern VA areas, and can be streamed elsewhere from the DC station's website at WPFW.org.  (Click on WPFW Live Radio)

Appearing with Matt will be Retired Col. Richard Klass of the Veterans for Alliance and Security (VETPAC) organization. The discussion will focus on Memorial Day and what it means to our veterans.

There will also be a discussion of the Coming Home Issues for Veterans and their families. 

 

Posted on 25 May 2008
Matt Cary quoted in St Louis Post-Dispatch article
War's legacy: Its human toll
By Philip Dine Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau

03/16/2008

From wounded soldiers who faced dilapidated conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to troops whose mental problems have been overlooked, Iraq veterans have paid the price.

Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says the nation has failed to heed the lessons of Vietnam, a war whose veterans constitute half of the 400,000 people sleeping on America's streets tonight.


"The Vietnam conflict was primarily a single soldier's conflict, but the impacts now are greater because you have entire families that are impacted by how this gets handled," says Matthew Cary, president of Veterans & Military Families for Progress.
 
Read the article here.
Posted on 20 Mar 2008
VMFP Denounces President Bush’s Threatened Veto of Defense Bill

Getting Aid for Wounded Warriors and Pay Raises for Troops Shouldn’t be Political or This Difficult

 

Washington, DC:

Americans sleep soundly in their beds because our troops volunteer to serve and some veterans pay the price for years after. Yet in return for their patriotic sacrifice, President Bush is preparing to veto the National Defense Authorization Act passed in the House and Senate with overwhelming support earlier this month. The bill provides a much-needed pay raise to those serving, and offers security, peace-of-mind, and improved conditions for America’s wounded warriors.

Posted on 29 Dec 2007
Matt Cary on Pacifica Radio Veterans’ Day Edition

VMFP President Matt Cary Speaks to Coming Home issues on Special Pacifica Radio Veterans’ Day Edition

Joined by VETPAC, MFSO Directors on the one-hour program

 

Washington, DC

 

Veterans and Military Families for Progress, founded in early 2005, has been at the forefront of calling legislative and public attention to the "Coming Home" issues facing the veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Today on Pacifica Radio, at 10AM Eastern, VMFP President Matt Cary will participate on a special one-hour Veterans Day edition recorded live in the Washington, D.C. radio station WPFW, 89.3 FM.  The program will be accessible to listeners in the DC, Maryland and Northern VA and can be streamed elsewhere from the DC station's website at WPFW.org.

 

The Program's focus will be on the current status of veterans and the coming home issues. Appearing on a Panel with Matt are Dick Klass, Retired Col. U.S. Air Force (a director of VETPAC) and Ann Wright, Retired Col. US Army, Director of MFSO.)

 

The program will be moderated by DC Radio celebrity Acie Byrd a veteran and VETPAC member. If you do not reside in the Washington, D.C. area you can listen in on your computer live by entering www.wpfw.org. Questions will be taken by the listening audience by dialing 202-588-0893. Please identify yourself as a Veteran with your Branch of Service or a Military Family person.

 

For more on VMFP, visit its website, or view videos from some of its members and on topics including PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury gathered from its national conference held in late Sept. posted under the "vmfporg" name on YouTube.

Posted on 12 Nov 2007
Editorial in the Tennessean by Matt Cary

 

The TENNESSEAN

Friday, 10/19/07

Smooth The Process Between Federal Departments
 

By MATTHEW CARY, President

Veterans and Military Families for Progress

 

The recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have exposed serious bureaucratic problems inside the federal agencies charged with handling the rating of disabilities and the amount of benefits for our wounded soldiers returning home. This is impacting the health-care needs physically and mentally of our veterans and their families being handled quickly and with parity.

Read the Editorial

Posted on 27 Oct 2007
A slow medical evaluation process leaves many injured troops in limbo


Wounded and Waiting

 

A slow medical evaluation process leaves many injured troops in limbo

 

Kelly Kennedy, Staff writer

The Marine Corps Times

Tuesday Feb 20, 2007

  

Leaning over the sink in an almost-clean barracks bathroom across the street from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Pvt. Robert Van Antwerp, 20, quickly sheared the hair of his new roommate into a fresh crew cut.

 

“This is what my dad does when he really wants to get to know someone,” Van Antwerp said, referring to Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, head of the Army’s Accessions Command. “He cuts hair. Now it’s a family tradition.”

 

Read the Article

Posted on 27 Oct 2007
Dod and VA Changing Disability Rating Process


Pentagon Set To Launch New Disability System

 

By William H. McMichael

Staff writer, Navy Times

Thursday Oct 18, 2007

 

The Defense Department will soon unveil a new, streamlined disability evaluation system that, in tandem with the Department of Veterans Affairs, will replace the current cumbersome process with a single exam and single disiability rating.

 

Read the Article

Posted on 20 Oct 2007
Gloves are Off for Omvig Suicide Bill, 2 Others

VMFP Calls on President, Congress, & Candidates to Rise Above Differences for Veterans

Washington, DC:

Ellen and Randy Omvig channel the grief they suffer into service to other military families. Their son Joshua took
his own life following a second tour of duty in Iraq, three days before Christmas, 2005. To make sense of the 22-
year-old’s death, the pair work to spread the message of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the illness that,
as much as the handgun, deprived their son of life. The Iowa couple’s ultimate goal is to see the Joshua Omvig
Veteran Suicide Prevention Act get signed into law this year.

“A single Senator is holding it up,” Tom Howe, mentor of the bill for Veterans and Military Families for Progress
said. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has reservations about the bill sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and
co-sponsored by 31 other Senators, and which passed through the House

Posted on 20 Sep 2007
VMFP Urges Congress to Finalize the Wounded Warriors Act

Veterans Group Calls on President to Show Support for All Wounded Veterans by Signing S-1606 Promptly

Washington, D.C.:

Annette McLeod’s peace of mind is in the hands of Congress and President Bush right now.

Her husband, Dell McLeod, was injured while serving with the U.S. military on the Iraqi border in an accident which left him with several fractured vertebrae and traumatic brain injury.

Now, nearly two years later, the man who gave 19 years to the military was discharged and sent on his way, cane in hand and reliant on Annette for the simplest of things. Annette was even forced to leave her work to care for her dependant spouse. 

Posted on 30 Aug 2007
VMFP Applauds Resignation of Departmet of Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson

Invites President to Show Real Support for Veterans by Naming a Proven Advocate with Strong Leadership Skills to this Cabinet Position

NEW YORK Matt Cary, President of Veterans and Military Families for Progress, called the recent resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs James Nicholson an opportunity for the president to show he truly does value veterans more than party loyalists by naming a veteran’s advocate that is strong and proven to deal with the serious and pressing issues facing that agency today.

Posted on 11 Aug 2007
21st Century Veterans and Military Family Organization is Recognized by the VA

Washington, DC: 
Veterans and Military Families for Progress has quickly captured the attention and the respect of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. In recognition of the group’s outstanding efforts on behalf of veterans and military families, it has been included in the 2007 VA National Directory and website, gaining approval as an officially endorsed resource more quickly than any organization in the publication’s history.

Posted on 16 Feb 2007
VMFP Congratulates Candidates it Endorsed and Welcomes them to the 110th Congress

Washington, DC:

Veteran and Military Family Organization Congratulates Candidates it Endorsed and Welcomes to the 110th Congress Those Successful in Their Elections. 

While we celebrate the success of a large number of these campaigns, we especially commend their willingness to place themselves “once more into the breach”, and we thank all of those endorsed for their heroic efforts to help change the direction of this country. We look forward to the service of these endorsed candidates who succeeded in this mission and will be serving in the 110th Congress, as noted below:

Posted on 06 Jan 2007
21st Century non-partisan, non-profit Veterans and Military Family organization endorses candidates nationwide for House and Senate seats in November.

Veterans and Military Families for Progress (www.vmfp.org), is honored to endorse the following candidates for U.S. Congress and Senate in the upcoming November general elections. (The list of candidates and their respective seats is attached at the end of this press release.)

Posted on 23 Sep 2006
VMFP Predident's 7/10/06 Letter to Senators

I am enthusiastically informing you and your office of the newly-formed Veterans and Military Families for Progress organization. Our mission is to ensure that the rights and needs of veterans, active-duty service members, Guard and Reserve personnel and their families are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by regulation and public policy initiatives. VMFP held a Press Conference on May 17th, 2006 at the National Press Club to announce our organization to the public.

Posted on 15 Jul 2006
STATEMENT OF MATTHEW J. CARY, VMFP President

Statement of Matthew J. Cary - President
Veterans And Military Families For Progress
National Press Club, Washington, DC
May 16, 2006 12 Noon

Members of the Press, Thank you for attending the first Press Conference of our new 21st Century Veterans and Military Families for Progress Organization. We were formed in February of 2005 at a meeting of veterans and military family members from across the country who were concerned about public policy that has led to the erosion of veterans’ benefits. We decided to create an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, active-duty service members, and their families are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by public policy initiatives, legislation and regulation.

Posted on 17 May 2006
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