Retired Marine Corps officer John Guandolo served in Iraq as an infantry platoon commander with the 2d Battalion 2d Marines during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), John Guandolo contributes to an organization that supports fellow veterans and their families through various services and activities, including the national grassroots advocacy group Action Corps.
A component of the VFW’s National Legislative Service, Action Corps comprises a network of more than 25,000 VFW members and supporters who call, write, e-mail, and visit legislators in Washington, DC, to represent the interests of veterans in policy matters that impact their lives. Membership in Action Corps is not restricted to members of VFW and any American citizen concerned with the welfare of military veterans can join at no cost.
Action Corps members have been an integral part of recent successes for VFW’s National Legislative Service. In January 2014, Congress repealed reduced cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees, thanks in part to 30,000 e-mails sent at the behest of Action Corps to every Congressional office. Currently the Senate is considering the comprehensive veterans’ benefits bill S. 1982 and Action Corps members have sent approximately 10,000 messages urging passage of the measure.