Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Department of Rhode Island
One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
Department of Rhode Island Veterans of Foreign Wars Officers:

Department Commander: Rachael Garica
Office Number: 401.574.8161
Department Adjutant: Joseph R. Janeiro
Office Number: 401.574.8161
Cell Number: 401.365.9178
VA Claims and Forms Assistance

VFW Accredited Service Officers are trained experts, helping veterans develop their case with ease by reviewing and applying current law, pertinent legislation, regulations and medical histories. As skilled professionals, we assist in filing for disability compensation, rehabilitation and education programs, pension and death benefits, and employment and training programs. Furthermore, we won’t hesitate to request hearings before the VA and the Board of Veterans Appeals to present oral arguments when needed.

VFW Accredited Service Officers are with America's veterans every step of the way once they're ready to file a claim. This is a service the VFW is proud to offer -- free of charge -- to anyone seeking assistance with the claims process.

Learn more about Veterans Affairs benefits and what to expect after you file a claim.

Mike Rhilinger (VA Accredited)
VFW Department Service Officer
VA Regional Office
380 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903 (By Appointment Only)
Email: (best way to contact for scheduling)
Outreach: Our office will connect with VFW posts across the state to host claims clinics in your local community. If you are a VFW Post that wants to request a VFW Accredited Service Officer at your post, please email

Department Officers:
Department Commander: Rachael Garcia
Senior Vice Commander: Mark Turner
Junior Vice Commander: Joe Diniz
Chief of Staff:  Justyn Charon
Adjutant: Joseph R. Janeiro
Quarter Master: Brad P. Donnelly
Judge Advocate: Kasim Yarn
Service Officer: Mike Rhilinger 
Chaplain: Lee Hardgrove
Surgeon: Dave Hellner
Parliamentarian: Troy Kennedy
Officer of the Day: William Siano
Homeless Veterans and Crisis: Lance Leonaitis. 
National Legislative Committee: Matt McCoy
National Legislative Committee: John Gallo
National Council Member: Eric "Duke" Dukat
Veterans and Military Support: Rodney Leighton
Past Dept. Commander: Joe "Tiger" Patrick
District Commanders:
District 1 Commander: Antonio Fonseca
District 2 Commander: John Duchesneau
District 3 Commander: Rodney Leighton


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