The First Legislative Conference is now behind us and in a few days many of us will be attending the all new Community Service Conference. I would like to thank all of you that gave up your time visiting the Legislators on Capital Hill giving them our Veterans concerns first hand.

The Community Service Conference is for the Parade of Winners in the Voice of Democracy Program and will also recognize the Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer and Paramedic of the Year for their exemplary service in their respective field.

This month all Posts will be electing their Officers for the ensuing year. Please remember to complete the election report and mail National their copy and the Department and District copies to State Headquarters immediately after your election. It would be nice to be able to say that the Department is 100% in sending in election reports.

We made some progress this month on the Membership Deficit but we still have a long way to go. Thanks to all Posts that are 100% or better and to all others please continue to do everything possible to reach your goal of 100%.

Let us at all times remember and never forget that it takes each of us working together as a TEAM to insure the continuous success of our organization.

Paul T. Moore
State Commander


Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than April 27, 2000 to be counted for the month of April. PLEASE NOTE: ANY information to be published in the General Orders must be in by the 25th of each month. Changes of address or phone numbers within the Department must be in writing.


The Department of Virginia, VFW now has a Homepage. Your General Orders can be found on the Homepage at It is now possible for individual Posts, with their own Website, to become linked to our Homepage. Posts already with Website's can incorporate a Department of Virginia, VFW link on their Website. Please contact Robert Klausing at State Headquarters:


FIRST - 05-07-00, DENBIGH POST 6002, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Representative James E. Tucker, State Junior Vice Commander

SECOND - 05-21-00, NORFOLK POST 4809, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Paul T. Moore, State Commander

THIRD - 05-13-00, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, 1:00 p.m. Memorial Service, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative James E. Tucker, State Junior Vice Commander

FOURTH - 05-07-00, SOUTH HILL POST 7166, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Henry E. Cluney, State Inspector

FIFTH - 05-21-00, VIRGINIA VETERANS CARE CENTER, ROANOKE, HOSTED BY HALIFAX POST 8243, Lunch 12:30 p.m., Meeting to follow, Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Surgeon

SIXTH - 05-21-00, BUCHANAN POST 5895/FLOYD POST 7854 HOST, VINTON POST 4522, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Henry E. Cluney, State Inspector

SEVENTH - 05-07-00, SHENANDOAH POST 8613, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting after, Representative Luther E. Anderson, State Chief-of-Staff

EIGHTH - 05-21-00, REMINGTON POST 7728, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Meal after, Representative Early Ray Chappell, State Senior Vice Commander

NINTH - 05-07-00, PULASKI POST 1184, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch at Noon, Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Surgeon

TENTH - 05-21-00, DALE CITY POST 1503, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Judge Advocate

ELEVENTH - 05-07-00, HARRISONBURG POST 632, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting after, Representative Early Ray Chappell, State Senior Vice Commander

TWELFTH - 05-21-00, BRISTOL POST 6975, 11:00 a.m. Registration, Lunch at Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Robert J. Klausing, State Adjutant/Quartermaster

THIRTEENTH - 05-21-00, COLONIAL BEACH POST 10574, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative James E. Tucker, State Junior Vice Commander

NOTE: All assignments are subject to change.


POST 1426 - Quartermaster Finis Garrett's address changed to 13914 Rock Orchard Lane, Chester 23836, phone 804-530-3261

POST 10310 - Quartermaster is Robert H. Hopson, P O Box 357, Ewing 24248-0357


The forms and guidelines for the Homeless Veterans Committee Form, Loyalty Day Parade Fourth District Entry Form, Deceased Comrade Form, Community Activities Form, Hospital Report Form and Guidelines and Americanism Record Book Guidelines are now on the Web page. If you need these forms and do not have access to a computer, please contact State Headquarters and we will send you one.



Virginia will be moving to a new system of collecting Dues starting July 1, 2000, known as Direct Dues.

All Annual Dues will be mailed to National Headquarters. Dues Notices will be mailed out to all Annual Members the last week in June 2000.

This new system will speed up the time a member will receive his new card, and also will cut down Dues Notices being sent out after members have paid their Dues. If a member still wants to pay his Dues to his Post Quartermaster, he can do so, then the Post Quartermaster will mail them using D-1 Form. This new system will save the State, District and Post money. The Post will still be required to go out and sign up new and reinstated members, also life members. The way the system works, when a member mails in his Dues, it is received and sorted the 1st day it is received, Dues are entered into the system the 2nd day, membership cards are mailed out on the 3rd day. National Headquarters will then mail the State and Post their share of the Dues on the last working day of the month and a printout of who has and has not paid. If State or Posts wishes to receive weekly checks and read outs, request from Quartermasters according to Quartermaster Operation Manual. To receive weekly checks it will only be direct deposit to the bank of your choice, and a memo will be sent to the Post.

More information will be put in the General Orders as it is received.

We expect some problems the first year we are into this new system. In order for this system to work, District and Post Commanders are required to notify all Annual Members, by letter, newsletter or personal contact.

Anyone who has questions on this can mail them or call State Headquarters at 1-800-888-3521.

Early Ray Chappell
Membership Chairman


Enclosed are the Minutes from the Winter Council of Administration Meeting held January 21-23, 2000.



Attention is directed to Section 218, Manual of Procedure Duty of Trustees, Form P-113. Trustees Report of Audit, must be prepared in detail at the close of each quarter, one of which ended March 31st, which is NOW DUE at State Headquarters.


SERVICE OFFICER FEES ARE NOW DUE AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. This fee is for two years: 1999-2001. The fee is $8.00 and we will send the Service Officer Guide Book to the Service Officer unless there is not one listed, then we will send it to the Post Commander. The following is a list, by District, of Posts which have NOT yet paid for Service Officer's Guide Books.

District 1 - 8629, 9358
District 12 - 5715, District
District 7 - 1150
District 13 - 8717, 10295


All Posts are reminded of section 217, Manual of Procedure: Posts holding only one meeting per month are to nominate officers in March and nominations are to be held open until the April Meeting, at which time, nominations and elections will be held. Posts holding two meetings per month, will nominate at the first meeting, and nominate and elect at the second meeting in April.

Post officers shall be installed into their respective offices at a regular or special meeting held not less than twenty (20) days nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the convening of the State Convention, but will not assume office until the Department Commander is installed. The installation may be conducted by a member in good standing, who holds or has held a rank at least as high as that of Post Commander. The Post Commander elect will select the installing officer. The installing officer does not need a warrant to install officers.


An individualized form will be mailed to each Post Quartermaster of record to use in reporting the names and addresses of the 2000-2001 Post Officers. Detailed instructions accompany the mailing. The Post Quartermaster is requested to complete the form immediately after the election (do not wait for the installation) and mail it back to the Adjutant General in the self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. The Post Quartermaster is requested to mail the Department and the District copy to the Department Adjutant.

Commanders at all levels are requested to give maximum attention to the completion and return of these election reports to the Adjutant General and the Department Adjutant. Please stress the importance of accuracy in the preparation of these reports and the urgency of forwarding the election reports to the Adjutant General and the Department Adjutant as soon as the elections have been held.


Delegates and alternates to the Department Convention shall be elected at a regular meeting of the Post held not less than thirty (30) days prior to the Department Convention. Posts are entitled to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each thirty (30) members or fraction thereof in good standing in the Post at the time of the election or as the Department By-Laws provide.


Delegates Form


Attention is directed to Section 213 of the National Constitution and By-Laws concerning arrearage of Posts for membership reports. National, Department, or District Dues, National Convention registration, poppy money, supply money or other financial obligations, or failure to have the office of Quartermaster bonded, or failure to submit quarterly Post Trustees of Report of Audit. Posts that are delinquent in any of the aforementioned shall be deprived of all representation in District, Department and National Convention.


Delegates and alternates to District Conventions shall be elected at a regular Post meeting held not less than thirty (30) days prior to the District Convention at which District Officers are to be elected; one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each fifteen (15) members or fraction thereof in good standing in the Post at the time of the election or as the Department By-Laws provide.

Pursuant to Section 405 of the National By-Laws and Manual of Procedure, each District shall hold an annual District Convention for the purpose of electing District Officers, such Convention to be held not less than ten (10) days nor more than (60) days prior to the convening of the Department Convention. District Officers shall not assume the duties of their office until the Department Commander is installed. District Officers shall not be installed or assume the duties of their office until proof of eligibility has been submitted and properly reviewed in accordance with Section 414 of the National By-Laws.


A reminder to all District and Post Commanders that May 1st of each year has been designated as Loyalty Day by Congressional Act 85-529 of 1958. Loyalty Day serves as the specific occasion when all American citizens should publically reaffirm their complete loyalty of the United States. Loyalty Day packets have been sent to each District Commander. We urge you to participate in this very special occasion, and to report any participation undertaken on your Americanism Activities Report.

Jimmy Lee Wallace
Loyalty Day Chairman


The deadline for the Community Activities Record Book to State Headquarters is May 18, 2000.


Instructions on the contest guidelines and how to prepare a record book are enclosed in February's General Orders.

Contest Guidelines


The rules of contest and nomination blank for the George C. Dalby Perpetual Trophy are enclosed in this month's General Orders. Please complete the form and return it to State Headquarters no later than May 18, 2000.

Entry form


An entry form of the George E. McCracken Honor Guard/Color Guard Plaque is enclosed in this month's General Orders. Entry form must be submitted to State Headquarters by May 18, 2000. There will also be a second and third place award.

Entry Form


Commanders on all levels should begin organizing their 2000 Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Sale. A Buddy Poppy Order Form was enclosed in February's General Orders. Note Buddy Poppies are $90.00 per thousand. Please order early.

The sale of Buddy Poppies will be conducted according to the provisions set forth in Section 711 of the National Constitution and By-Laws and Manual of Procedure. Department, District and Post Commanders should arrange now for the sale of Buddy Poppies in their respective areas. All profits accruing from the sale of Buddy Poppies shall be used for the relief of disabled and needy veterans and their dependents.

Buddy Poppy application


2000 June 21-26 Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 Rooms are $75 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961

2001 June 20-25 Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $94 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax 1-804-288-3961

2002 June 5-10Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA23230 Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax: Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961


An application form is enclosed in the General Orders for the State Convention VFW Golf Tournament. Return with registration fee of $50.00 to State Headquarters by June 15, 2000.

Entry Form


Enclosed is a form for the Commander's Club Luncheon to be held at the Hyatt Richmond on June 23, 2000.

Commander's Club Luncheon Form


The 78th Annual Convention for the Department of Virginia will be held June 21-26, 2000, at the Hyatt Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.

PLEASE NOTE: Absolutely no cooking allowed in rooms this includes the Hospitality Rooms. If you need tablecloths, bring your own. None of the Hospitality Rooms will be allowed open during the meetings. No signs or Posters on the walls or elevators, if you need a sign, contact the Hotel's Sales Department.


2000 July 13-16 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504 - Rates are $60.00, phone 804-528-2500

2001 July 12-15 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504 - Rates are $62.00, phone 804-528-2500


2000 August 19-25 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In last month's General Orders is the information on the housing at the 101st National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin along with the reservation form. Please do not send the reservation form to State Headquarters, mail it to VFW Housing Bureau, 510 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203.


2000 September 14-18 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504 - Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500

2001 September 19-22 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504


2001 January 19-21 George Washington Inn Ramada, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 - Rates are $45.00, Phone: 1-800-666-8888

30. IMPORTANT 2000-2001 DATES:

July 2000 Program materials mailed to Post Commanders and Ladies Auxiliary Presidents based on election and installation reports received at National Headquarters.

Recruit "Welcome to Our Community" for military families teams at least five Posts/Districts in your state.

Saturday, October 28, 2000 "Make A Difference Day," national day of community service sponsored by USA Weekend and Points of Light Foundation.

November 2000 Promote a "Get Out the Vote" Rally the first weekend in November.

Saturday, November 18, 2000 National Family Volunteer Day.

December 1, 2000 First six months (May-Oct.) Department Community Service Work (hours and dollars) Report due to National.

April 2001 Participate in March of Dimes WalkAmerica.

April 5-8, 2001 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference Washington, D. C. Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

April 22- 28, 2001 National Volunteer Week.

May 1, 2001 VFW Loyalty Day.

Department selection due at National for the new VFW Volunteer of the Year.

June 1, 2001 Department 12 month Community Service Work Report (hours and dollars) and Department selection of their Outstanding Community Service Post(s) due to National.


Comrades we have about two months left to get the Department 100% reported on Safety, to those District and Post Commanders that are 100%, congratulations. To those District and Post Commanders that need to submit a report. PLEASE DO SO NOW. If you read the February General Orders on safety you should have sent in a report.

Dist # Posts

in Dist

# Posts reported first half # Posts reported in second half Reports needed for second half # Posts reported for year Reports needed to make Depart 100%
1 13 13 100% 13 100% 13 100%
2 9 9 100% 9 100% 9 100%
3 18 16 89% 18 100% 18 100%
4 24 15 63% 19 79% 2163, 8048, 8902, 10571 22 92% 8048, 8902
5 14 9 64% 9 64% 873, 4637, 6130, 7443, 8243 11 79% 873, 6130, 7443
6 20 20 100% 20 100% 20 100%
7 14 8 51% 14 100% 14 100%
8 11 5 45% 10 91% 11 100%
9 13 8 62% 13 100% 13 100%
10 12 9 75% 8 67% 8181, 8469, 8815, 9274 11 92% 8815
11 22 11 50% 22 100% 22 100%
12 13 6 46% 8 62% 4301, 5715, 8652, 9600, 10611 9 69% 5715, 8652, 9600, 10611
13 14 12 86% 7 50% 1827, 2044, 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10546 14 100%
197 141 72% 170 86% 25 Posts 187 95% 10 Posts

Community Activities Report

Harry C. Huff
Safety Chairman


Posts are to be congratulated for the excellent reporting this year.

Only eight (8) Posts have not reported. Posts which have not submitted a report are asked to complete one and mail it to Department Headquarters as soon as possible. Remember those who are being helped do not have to be a member of your Posts.

For those Posts which have reported, please do not stop. Take credit for your assistance to veterans and their families.

As of 28 March, 2000 the Department of Virginia is 96.95% reported.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13 are 100% reported for Hospital related activities. The following Posts need to submit reports:
District 4 - Post 7819,
District 10 - Posts 8181, 8815
and District 12 - Posts 5715, 8652, 10611.

Let's end the reporting year with the Department of Virginia at 100%. Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

All Posts are requested to use the NEW form and to use the Evaluation Guide for Donations to compute values.

Hospital report

Peter (Pete) Snelling
Hospital Chairman


There is still a few Posts that have not turned in a report in Americanism as of yet this half. I know that you are all doing the work. All you need to do is report. As of 28 March 2000, the Department of Virginia 91.4% reported for Americanism.

District One - 100% CONGRATULATIONS
District Two - 100% CONGRATULATIONS
District Three - 100% CONGRATULATIONS
District Four - need report from Post 8048
District Five - need reports from Posts 873, 4637, 7443
District Six - 100% CONGRATULATIONS
District Seven - 100% CONGRATULATIONS
District Eight - 100% CONGRATULATIONS
District Nine - 100% CONGRATULATIONS
District Ten - need reports from Posts 8181, 8469, 8815, 9274
District Eleven - 100% CONGRATULATIONS
District Twelve - need reports from Posts 4301, 5715, 8652, 10611
District Thirteen - need reports from Posts 1827, 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295


Did I mail back that CENSUS FORM? An estimated 272,000,000 are living in Virginia as of April 1, 2000. That is important because it mandates that all country Congressional District will be redrawn. The Archaic Gerry meandering of prior years even the 1990 CENSUS which gave Virginia only 6.5 million as compared to our present estimate of 6.9 million. Some people do not understand that federal dollars are parceled out based on the Bureau of the Census Count for Education, Housing, Transportation and all sorts of other less well known federal programs.

Where are my medical and military Records? My pension plan? Insurance? Is my will up to date and recorded? Have I written down my final burial wishes, what cemetery, type of funeral, open or closed casket? Military Commanders and reserve components can send active duty personnel to conduct the funeral when requested by family members. Take a few moments to set these items down on paper so your family will not have to guess what you wanted in time of stress and sorrow. These will show them that you really do love them. Do it today, tomorrow may be too late. Discuss these items with family members.

At the Washington Legislative Conference we found that the primary elections and Super Tuesday in the South plus posturing for control of key committees took many members away from Washington. However, the presentation of VFW Legislative and Security Goals by Commander-in-Chief John W. Smart was cordially received by the Joint House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Further we found that key staff members of the Senate and Congress from Virginia were both knowledgeable of the unmet needs of the 700,000 veterans of Virginia, their dependents and survivors. We left them documentation of these needs and offers to help acquire further information if needed. Our reduced numbers and smaller size of the Regency verses the Sheraton made contact with our Virginia members more difficult. Speculation was rampant as to who might be the contenders for Owen Pickett and Thomas Bliley. As of now we know neither who these contenders may be nor what their feelings are with respect to the veterans of Virginia. Other rumors were bandied about as to who might be in the next Cabinet if (a) VP Albert Gore (b) if George W. Bush. For my own part I feel both of these men are sufficiently aware as to how Washington functions to avoid making any such important announcements at this time.

Back in Virginia, the General Assembly was so occupied with 3,500 Legislative issues that they failed to include funding for our urgently needed second State Veterans Home at Richmond nor money for our second State Veterans Cemetery in the Hampton/Yorktown area. At this writing we are still trying to get theses items back into the Budget.

We were successful in getting a memorial in to recommend the use of part of Fort Belvior as the site for the new US Army War History Museum. We also have a good chance to have HB 1184 signed. This bill provides the means to recover the cost of defacement, damage or destruction of Markers, Memorials and Monuments to war veterans.

Finally each mail brings requests for support, money and votes. My recommendation is to reply simply saying, "This year I plan to wait until I know exactly where all candidates stand on veterans issues before deciding who to support."

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


This is another opportunity for VFW Posts which have not held an Environmental Program yet. To participate Posts may call Department of Conservation and Recreation: Richmond 786-5056 or 800-938-PARK. Further details are available for your particular help. As before recycling and other programs in conjunction with other organizations such as Chesapeake Bay, Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation and National Park Service are opportunities. Visits to your local planning and Rangers offices and the local library can help with the decision on what type of program would be best suited to your specific area. Schoolyards, churchyards and cemeteries are always in need of help.

Motivation, manpower, material and money are needed for a successful program. Contacts with major firms and like-minded groups requesting whatever help they may be willing to give is important. Once the date is set for actual work day communication with local TV, radio and news media is important.

Careful selection of trees and shrubs that have the best survival rate in your locality for shade screening and windbreaks are also important. Setting out nesting boxes and feeding stations will attract songbirds and bluebirds.

It is important to recognize that the Tourist and Travel Industry is very important to the economy of Virginia. Our natural and man-made resources and historic sites and battlefield regularly attract visitors from all over the world.

If each one of our 197 VFW Posts does only one small environmental program this year, we still will have made Virginia a better place to: visit, work, raise our children, live and yes even to retire. Remember also that tourist and travel dollars help reduce the taxes that must be raised through the State Income Tax.

Finally on the work day keep your VFW applications handy. Ask every volunteer to join the VFW if he is eligible, send the completed application to State Headquarters so it can get recorded and put Commander Paul T. Moore back in the membership category where he belongs. Enter the details of the man-hours and money expended on the Community Activities and send that information to State Headquarters. If each one of our 197 Posts and even a $100.00 donation then VFW would have completed work that might have cost the Commonwealth close to half a million dollars to accomplish by contract.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman


If not already started, now is the time for Post members to prepare their resolutions. The policy of the VFW is set by resolutions and it is imperative that we, the membership, take the time to express our views on issues that we feel are important. The great majority of resolutions originate at Post level. All resolutions of statewide, regional and national concern must be acted upon at the Department Convention. This meant that cited resolutions must be approved by District and then submitted to the Department Adjutant/Quartermaster no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the Department Convention. This year the Convention will begin on June 21, 2000 at the Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia.

The importance of Post member involvement in the actual preparation of resolutions cannot be emphasized enough. The VFW is our organization and we, the members of the 197 Posts spread throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, must get involved regarding the establishment of policy at Department and National Conventions.

In recent years the great majority of resolutions approved by Posts in the Department of Virginia were actually prepared at National VFW Headquarters. They were then sent to our Department where they were then distributed down to Post level for action. Too few resolutions were actually prepared by Post personnel in the Department. This situation must change!

The VFW 1999-2000 Leadership Manual contains an excellent section, Titled "Resolutions" on Pages 136-137. It is worth reading. The preparation of a resolution is a relatively simple matter. There are two separate parts. First, there is a "WHEREAS" section which states the problem to be solved. Second, there is a "RESOLVED" section which recommends a solution to the problem.

Summing up, Post members are urged to prepare resolutions on topics deemed important. Also, please note that the deadline for submission of resolutions to Department Adjutant/Quartermaster Robert J. Klausing is May 21, 2000.

John P. McAnaw
Resolutions Chairman


Comrades we are now into our third quarter on this membership year and we all know that it is going to take a lot of new and reinstated members to make our goal this year.

Each of you can qualify for any of the following individual recruiting awards with some extra effort. The Post Commander and Quartermaster only need to certify that you have met any of the requirements to be eligible for the award. Awards are checked against department records for verification.

5 new/reinstated members VFW Wooden Pen Set

10 new/reinstated members VFW Pen and Pencil Set

25 new/reinstated members Department Aide-de-Camp Recruiting Award with citation with name engraved & official Cap

50 new/reinstated members National Aide-de-Camp Recruiting Award with citation with name engraved & official Cap

100 new/reinstated members Century Recruiter Award with citation with name engraved, official cap travel bag & pen and pencil

125 new/reinstated members Recruiter Commander-in-Chief Jacket

Even if some of us can't qualify for any of the above, let's all try to get at least one new or reinstated member for the year. Always remember that every new member does help.

Early R. (Ray) Chappell
Membership Chairman


Pieces of History, a government certified military medals' manufacturer, in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee at the Pentagon, has released for sale to veterans a medal to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War in 2000-2003.

During the Commemorative period, the nation will honor the Korean War veterans for the sacrifices they made to ensure a free and democratic South Korea.

The medal bears the Crest of the Commemoration Committee, which incorporates into its design, the three lobed Taeguk, known as the sam-taeguk. The three lobes are: (1) Red and White stripes representing the United States, (2) Dark Blue representing South Korea and (3) The United Nations light blue with 22 gold stars representing the 20 UN countries involved in the Korean War, plus one non UN member - Italy - and the Republic of Korean.

The wreath and lettering in gold symbolizes honor and excellence.

Each medal comes with a ribbon bar and a handsome leatherette presentation case.

For more information write: 50th Anniversary of the Korean War
1213 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 702,
Arlington, Virginia 22202.


During 1999-2000, the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters has established a unique program to identify and recruit eligible members from among active duty troops, Reserve and Guardsmen. VFW leaders have, with the unanimous support of the VFW National Council of Administration, begun the Military Initiative Program (MIP). This is an outreach to provide 40,000 no cost, introductory memberships to the nation's soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.

According to VFW Commander-in-Chief John W. Smart, "As the overall number of veterans continues to decline, the Veterans of Foreign Wars must seek every avenue in its quest for new members. Despite the fact that the number of active duty military personnel are low, the large number of deployments over the past ten years has produced a growing crop of eligibles within the active duty, Reserve and National Guard ranks."

The initial purpose of the MIP is to make military personnel aware of the VFW, their status as veterans and their eligibility to join the organization.

VFW Senior Vice Commander John Gwizdak expressed similar sentiments by saying, "The future ranks of this organization will come from those who wear America's uniforms today. I heartily endorse this initiative and intend to continue it through my year as Commander-in-Chief."

According to VFW Director of Membership Jim Rowoldt, "The VFW National Organization does not expect local Posts or Departments to participate in the recruitment of these individuals. However, their participation benefits the entire organization and will be appreciated. Credit (for the purpose of contests only) for all members acquired through the military initiative will go to the Department where the applicant identifies his or her home of record. Home of record is determined by what the applicant places on the application but is anticipated to be the applicant's stateside address occupied by his or her immediate family."

In addition to the Military Initiative Program, the VFW recently began fact-finding efforts in preparation for another effort aimed at those in uniform. The Military Assistance Program (MAP) under newly-appointed Director Dan Shea, is gathering information to determine what kind of assistance the VFW can provide to improve the quality of life for those in uniform and their families.

Steve Van Buskirk, Director
VFW Communications & Public Affairs


The National Outstanding Community Service Post program has been redesigned so that more Posts can be recognized at the VFW National Convention for their excellent accomplishments.

The following amounts based on the number of Posts as of June 30, 1999, should be used in forwarding your Department's entries.

Departments with less then 200 Posts 1 entry
Departments with 200 - 399 Posts 2 entries
Departments with more than 400 Posts 3 entries

The Department is responsible for selecting (based on Department criteria) one to three (1 -3) Post(s) to receive the "National Outstanding Community Service Post" Award. Once your entries have been chosen.

Complete the enclosed form (or copies of the one enclosed in January's General Orders) and return to the National Citizenship Education and Community Service Department by June 1, 2000.

The selected Post(s) (and Auxiliary, if applicable) will receive the following recognition:

# Invitation to the Post Commander and Ladies Auxiliary representative to attend a breakfast reception prior to the National Convention Joint Opening Ceremony.

# National Plaque recognizing the Post and its Ladies Auxiliary will be presented at breakfast reception. Group photograph with Commander-in-Chief and National President will be sent to each Post.

# Reserved seating at Joint Opening Ceremony.

# Post and its Ladies Auxiliary will be listed and recognized in the National Convention Booklet.

# Post Commander will receive $400 stipend* to assist with Convention expenses.

* In the event the Post Commander is unavailable, only the Post Senior Vice or Junior Vice Commander can receive the stipend money. If these officers are unavailable, a designated representative may accept the award, but not receive the stipend. Plaques not accepted at National Convention will be forwarded to the Department for proper presentation.

James E. Tucker
Community Services Chairman


Enclosed is a release concerning the Combat Action Ribbon eligibility for Naval Veterans from 1941 to 1961.

Combat Action Ribbon


We would like to express get well wishes to Past Department Commander Herman R. Fitzgerald who is hospitalized for a recent heart attack.


We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Loyalty Day Chairman Jimmy Lee Wallace whose father passed away on March 14, 2000.


There will be a Video Conference will be held July 29, 2000 at Roanoke Community College with the National Commander-in-Chief and other National Officers. There will be more details in the General Orders as we receive them.


There will be State Convention hats and pins on sale at the State Convention June 21-26, 2000. The State Convention hats are $5.00 and they can be ordered now.

Official: By Order of:
Robert J. Klausing Paul T. Moore
State Adjutant/Quartermaster State Commander

National Volunteer Week