AUGUST 1, 2000


I would like to thank everyone who attended our School of Instruction in Lynchburg, Virginia. A lot of first timers were present. That was great, it means that more comrades are getting involved in the VFW. I would like to thank all comrades who helped us with this School.

We will be getting into District Meetings. Now is the time to get reports done and bring to the meeting and turn into the State Representative. Let's get reports in early before bad weather sets in.

I urge all District Commanders to set up District Schools of Instructions, to bring all members up to date on the new program and proper way to submit them. If you need a State Representative to help teach these schools, send your request to State Headquarters or State Commander.

Our National Convention is coming up this month, let's hope Virginia will have a lot of Delegates attending this event.

Congratulations to Past Department Commander Paul T. Moore, who made All American Commander and also, to Joe Lawson, Commander Post 1115, George Farrar, Commander Post 9808 and William Hilbert, Commander Post 4809 for being All American Post Commanders.

If everyone will get out and sign up at least one (1) member, the Department of Virginia will remain in great shape. Remember membership is the life blood of the VFW.

Ray Chappell
State Commander







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.


We have received the State Convention Pins and Operation Uplink Pins. These are on sale at State Headquarters for $2.00 each.


Enclosed are the Council of Administration Meetings that were held Thursday, June 22, 2000 and Sunday, June 25, 2000.

Council Minutes


Posts who have not properly elected officers by August 1, 2000, will be suspended for a period of ninety (90) days by the Commander-in-Chief. This suspension will automatically terminate when a properly

completed Report of Election of officers is received at National Headquarters. At the end of ninety (90) days, the Commander-in-Chief may cancel the charter of any Post not properly submitting a list of officers to National Headquarters.


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:

1-800-888-3521. Also, the State Headquarters E-Mail address is KLAUSING@AOL.COM.

The Adjutant/Quartermaster has a pager and the number is 1-800-680-7682.The State Headquarters also has voice mail, where you can call and leave messages after business hours. The State Headquarters also has a mail box located right outside the front door, where you can drop things off before and after business hours.


FIRST - 09-24-00, EXMORE POST 4856, Lunch 11:00 a.m., Meeting 12:00 Noon, Representative Luther E. Anderson, Past Department Commander

SECOND - 08-12-00, EXMORE POST 4856, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Ray Chappell, State Commander

THIRD - 09-09-00, MECHANICSVILLE POST 9808, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Peter M.Snelling, State Judge Advocate

FOURTH - 08-13-00, SOUTH HILL POST 7166, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Ray Chappell, State Commander

FIFTH - 08-06-00, MEADOWS OF DAN POST 8467, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, Representative Michael Hoiness, State Surgeon

SIXTH - 08-13-00, HOSTED BY LYNCHBURG POST 8184/AMHERST 9877, LYNCHBURG NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY (located on Leesville Road directly off of Route 460 going toward Lynchburg approximately 1 miles on right), Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

SEVENTH - PLANNING MEETING, 07-30-00, EDINBURG POST 2447, Meeting 2:00 p.m. (Auxiliary will meet then)
09-10-00, BERRYVILLE POST 9760, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, Senior Vice Commander

EIGHTH - 09-10-00, CULPEPER POST 2524, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

NINTH - 09-10-00, BLUEFIELD POST 9696, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, Representative Michael Hoiness, State Surgeon

TENTH - 09-10-00, SPRINGFIELD POST 7327, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Bobby R. Walls,State Chief-of-Staff

ELEVENTH - 09-10-00, BRIDGEWATER POST 8644, Meeting 11:30 a.m., Representative Henry E. Cluney, State Inspector

TWELFTH - 09-10-00, ABINGDON POST 1994, Registration 111:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, Representative Paul T. Moore, Past State Commander

THIRTEENTH - 09-24-00, LOUISA POST 8947, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Ray Chappell, State Commander


DEPUTY CHIEF-OF-STAFF THIRTEENTH DISTRICT - William B. Bovee, 10601 Mockingbird Lane, Spotsylvania 22553-7760, phone 540-582-5936

AWARDS & CITATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER - Fred L. Wolking, 10231 Lakent Lane, Richmond 23236-1901, phone 804-276-5568

ELEVENTH DISTRICT- SVC James Hughes phone changed to 540-433-7458

MOUNTAIN HOME VAVS DEPUTY - Kenneth Suthard, 609 Pennsylvania Avenue Bristol, TN 37620, phone 423-968-7055

MOCA - President is Belva Sutton, 3806 Danbury Court, Dale City 22193, phone 703-670-3394

POST 644 - Commander is Adam A. McDuffie, 128 Spruce Street, Danville 24541, phone 804-791-4902

POST 644 - Quartermaster is Ulysees D. Foster, 305 Airport Drive, Danville 24540

POST 644 - Meeting Second and Fourth Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

POST 1177 - Commander is Garland D. Keys, 39134 Rickard Road, Lovettsville 20180-3206, phone 540-882-3410

POST 1177 - SVC is Harry H. Potterfield, 420 Mosby Drive SW, Leesburg 20175-2606, phone 703-777-7178

POST 1177 - JVC is Eugene M. Barber, 233 South Street SE, Leesburg 20175-3706, phone 703-777-1590

POST 1177- Adjutant is Charles D. Acker, 369 Nansemond Street SW, Leesburg 20175-4079, phone 703-77-6544

POST 1177 - Quartermaster is Edwin R. White, P O Box 1521, Leesburg 20177-1521, phone 703-777-8112

POST 1177 - Meets Second Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at Post Home/401 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg 20176

POST 4698 - Commander is Warren Sampson, Box 223, Grottoes 24441, phone 540-249-4301

POST 4698 - SVC is Jack Cupp, Box 502, Grottoes 24441, 540-249-4394

POST 4698 - JVC is Curtis Ball, General Delivery, Grottoes 24441, phone 540-249-5365

POST 4698 - Adjutant is Lyall Steger, 41 Circle Lane, Grottoes 24441, phone 540-249-4356

POST 4698 - Quartermaster is Richard L. Ryder, 37 LaSalle Drive, Grottoes 24441-5001, phone 540-249-4349

POST 4698 - Meets Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Post Home/700 Dogwood Avenue, Grottoes 24441

POST 8046 - Commander is Elais J. Bristow, P O Box 37, Wake 23176, phone 804-776-6625

POST 8046 - SVC is Louis Horsman, P O Box 21, Lanexa 23089, phone 757-966-2050

POST 8046 - JVC is Robert Adkins, 3031 Mount Pleasant Road, Providence Forge 23188, phone 757-229-7202

POST 8046 - Adjutant/Quartermaster is William F. Kassing, 2773 Lake Powell Road, Williamsburg 23185, phone 757-253-0647

POST 8046 - Meets Third Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., Post Home/Riverview Road, Norge

POST 8241 - Commander Lee Fletcher's address changed to 1051 Springhill Road, McLean 22102

POST 8697 - Commander is Winfred D. Mallory, 16 Lake View Drive, Charlottesville 22901

POST 8697 - Quartermaster is John H. Terrell, Jr., 322 Sixth Street SW, Charlottesville 22903, phone 804-295-0601

POST 8697 - Meets various times and places

POST 9382 - Post phone is 757-484-5109

POST 9794 - Commander is Ernest B. Powell, 904 Rockfish School Lane, Afton 22920, phone 804-361-1402

POST 9794 - Adjutant is Kenneth E. Gray, 281 Newtown Road, Greenwood 22943

POST 9794 - Quartermaster is Eugene A. Truslow, Sr., Truslow Lane, Nellysford 22958

POST 9794 - Meets Third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Van Ripers Lake, Greenfield

POST 9865 - Commander is Thomas C. Carpenter, Route 1 Box 261, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-2253

POST 9865 - SVC is Fred R. Frye, P O Box 248, Madison 22727

POST 9865 - JVC is David A. Wood, Route 1 Box 152, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-3053

POST 9865 - Adjutant is David A. Wood, Route 1 Box 152, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-3053

POST 9865 - Quartermaster is Lewis E. Morton, Jr., P O Box 901, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-3068

POST 9865 - Meets First and Third Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at George James Lodge, Route 230, Radiant

POST 9887 - Commander is Haywood Johnson, Route 3 Box 645, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-3598

POST 9887 - SVC is Vincent Jones, Route 2 Box 106, Orange 22960, phone 540-967-1972

POST 9887 - JVC is Benjamin Williams, 150 Bowler Lane, Orange 22960

POST 9887 - Adjutant is Marshall Rucker, Route 2 Box 85, Orange 22960, phone 540-832-2975

POST 9887 - Quartermaster is Harry L. Jones, III, P O Box 823, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-1198

POST 9887 - Meets Second Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Jasper Hall, Orange


There will be a working session of all the Council Members this year. These Sessions are open to anyone who would like to attend.

These working sessions are set up so we may address the problems that occur in the State.

Posts who need help and are unable to attend, submit your request in writing to your District Commander with copies to the State Commander and State Headquarters.

Second Session Fall Council Meeting September 15, 2000 Lynchburg, Virginia Friday 1:00 p.m.

Third Session State Headquarters December 2, 2000 Staunton, Virginia Saturday 10:00 a.m.

Fourth Session Winter Council Meeting January 19, 2001 Williamsburg, Virginia Friday 7:00 p.m.

Fifth Session State Headquarters March 11, 2001 Staunton, Virginia Saturday 10:00 a.m.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


The Quarterly Audit Report for June 30th is NOW PAST 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 12 - 5715, District.


The Commander and President's Homecoming will be held at the Fall Council Meeting. An insert is enclosed.

14. IMPORTANT 2000-2003 DATES:

August 19-25, 2000 National VFW Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

September 7-9, 2000 Commander-in-Chief's Homecoming, Jekyll Island, Georgia.

October 28, 2000 Statue of Liberty Birthday Celebration, Liberty Island, New York.

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.

November 16-19, 2000 Southern States Conference, Charleston, West Virginia.

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.

February 24-March 1, 2001 VFW National Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

March 14-18, 2001 Ladies Auxiliary Mid-Year Conference, Orlando, Florida.

April 2001 Participate in March of Dimes WalkAmerica.

April 5-8, 2001 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference Washington, DC, 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.

August 18-24, 2001 National VFW Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

November 15-18, 2001 Southern States Conference, Savannah, Georgia.

February 23-March 1, 2002 VFW National Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.

April 4-7, 2002 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

August 23-30, 2002 National VFW Convention, Nashville, Tennessee.

August 23-29, 2003 National VFW Convention, San Antonio, Texas.


Following are events planned for the first year of the three-year commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. For more information or to find out how to get involved, visit the homepage at or write to: DOD, 50 Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee; 1213 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 702; Arlington, VA 22202-4303, or call (703) 604-0831.

th ID Korean War Memorial Dedication Vanderberg AFB, CA Sept 1

Breakout of Pusan Perimeter Taegu, South Korea Sept 13

Inchon Landing Norfolk, VA/Inchon, South Korea Sept 15-17

Defense of/Breakout of Pusan Perimeter Washington, D. C./Pusan, South Korea Sept 15-17

Nations Parade New York City Nov 11

Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir Washington, D. C./Demilitarized Zone, Korea Nov 27

Evacuation of Hungnam Navy Memorial, Washington, D. C./Pusan, South Korea Dec 12


National Convention Registration-Section 222 -Constitution and By-Laws require each Post to register, in advance, at least one delegate to the National Convention by the payment of a fee in the amount of $10.00. Posts failing to comply with the provision shall be considered delinquent and in arrears (Section 213). All advance registration fees should be mailed to the Quartermaster General, VFW Building, 406 West 34th Street, Suite 316, Kansas City, MO 64111.


The 101ST VFW National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 19-25, 2000. Dates for major events are scheduled tentatively as follows (updated 6-22-2000):

Saturday, August 19

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. VFW/Registration/Exhibits - Hall D

7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. VA Health Fair - Hall C

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. National Council of Administration Meeting - Ballroom AB

Sunday, August 20

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. VFW Registration/Exhibits - Hall D

7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. VA Health Fair - Hall C

8:30 a.m. Annual Memorial Service, Midwest Express Convention Center - Hall AB

10:30 a.m. Eastern Conference Caucus - Ballroom B

Southern Conference Caucus - Ballroom A

Big Ten Conference - Ballroom C

Western Conference Caucus - Ballroom D

Monday, August 21

7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. VA Health Fair - Hall C

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. VFW Registration/Exhibits - Hall D

8:30 a.m. Joint Opening Session - Midwest Express Convention Center - Hall AB

6:00 p.m. General Reception - Room 103

7:00 p.m. National Convention Banquet - Hall AB

Tuesday, August 22

7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. VA Health Fair - Hall C

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. VFW Registration/Exhibits - Hall D

9:00 a.m. VFW Business Session - Hall AB

1:00 p.m. VFW Workshops

Direct Dues - Room 101

Public Relations - Room 201A

Membership Meeting - Room 102

Foundation/Estate Planning - Room 202B

VA Volunteer/Hospital Workshop - Room 203ABC

National VFW Scouters - Ballroom A

5:30 p.m. Patriotic Rally - Milwaukee Arena

Wednesday, August 23

7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. VA Health Fair - Hall C

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. VFW Registration/Exhibits - Hall D

9:00 a.m. Business Session - Hall AB

1:00 p.m. VFW Workshops

Citizenship Education & Community Service - Ballroom A

Youth Development, Scholarship Recognition - Ballroom B

Action Corps/Legislative - Room 103AB

Employment/Homeless Vets - Room 103DE

National Home for Children - Room 202A

Member Benefits - Room 102DE

Alzheimer's Room - Room 201A

Health Education - Room 103C

Women's Veterans Forum - Room 203ABC

PAC - Room 203DE

Thursday, August 24

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon VA Health Fair - Hall C

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon VFW Registration/Exhibits - Hall D

8:30 a.m. Business Session - Nomination of Officers -Hall AB

Friday, August 25

9:00 a.m. Business Session - Election and Installation of National Officers - Hall AB

National Council of Administration Meeting (immediately following business session) - Hall AB

4:00 p.m. Commander-in-Chief & National President's Reception - Ballroom ABC


To commemorate the Fiftieth (50) Anniversary of the Korean War, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will select fifty (50) Korean War Veterans who were wounded during the Korean War and serve as host to them at the 2000 Army/Navy Football Game in Baltimore on Saturday, December 3, 2000.

To enter this drawing, you must have served in Korea during the Korean War (1950-1953) and received the Korean Service Medal and Purple Heart for wound. Received entries will be accepted from August 1, 2000 - September 30, 2000. Entries can be submitted by mail or on the VFW Web Site Entries must include name, address, phone number, military unit and dates served.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars will select fifty (50) winning entries on October 2, 2000. Winning entries will be notified by phone and will have 30 days to provide proof of the issuance of the Korean Service Medal and Purple Heart for service in Korea.

Winners will receive round-trip airfare to Baltimore, Maryland, two (2) nights hotel accommodations, a game ticket, transportation and $100 travel allowance. Trips are not transferable. Travel, game tickets and ground transportation will not be provided for a spouse or companion.

W. Benny Bachand
Assistant Adjutant General


In order to honor the Korean War Veterans on the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, and ALL veterans of ALL wars and conflicts, their families, and especially families who have lost loved ones; the members of VFW Post 2216, request and encourage the participation and support of all veterans' groups, businesses, civic organizations, schools, scout troops, etc. with sponsoring a Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Staunton on Saturday, 11 November 2000 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

It has been many years since Staunton has had a Veteran's Day Parade and it is long overdue. Please take this opportunity to recognize and honor all area veterans and help make this the largest and best Veteran's Day Parade in the area.

Please make every effort (or have a representative) to attend a meeting on Tuesday, 8 August 2000 at our Post Home, 212 Frontier Drive, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Donald Hall, Adjutant
Post 2216


The following policy applies regarding the issuance of VFW Life Membership identification cards by National Headquarters:

A. New Life Members-All new Life Members will receive a standard Life Membership card.

B. Life Member Post Transfers-All Life Members transferring to a new Post will receive a standard replacement Life Member card reflecting the new Post at no charge to the member. Proper transfer forms must be submitted and procedures followed.

C. Upon a signed request by a Post Quartermaster on VFW Form MCR or other authorized form, any lost, stolen, damaged or otherwise unusable Life Membership ID card will be replaced at no cost to the member with a standard Life Membership ID car.

Custom Life Membership ID cards, such as the 100th Anniversary Life Membership card (as long as they are available) may be purchased through the VFW Emblem & Supply Department.

21. 2000-2001 TEACHERS PROGRAM:

Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals. Self-nominees are not eligible.

Based on the nominees submitted by November 1st, local VFW Posts will recognize one outstanding teacher in grades, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts then submit these winners' names to their District level judging who will forward their winners to the Department (or state level) by December 15. After judging, each Department then forwards the names of its winners to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national award contest.

VFW's National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards include: a National $1,000 cash award for each of the top K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 teachers for professional development expenses; $1,000 award to each winning teacher's school; plaques for both the winning teacher and school; and an all-expense-paid trip to attend VFW and Ladies Auxiliary National Community Service Conference in Washington, DC. Teachers who win first-place in each category will be invited to conduct a workshop at the conference, April 5-8, 2001.

A program brochure (designed to be duplicated for distribution) was mailed to all schools and this year's Post Commanders and Auxiliary Presidents in May. Additional information on how to conduct the program will be included in the Citizenship Education Program Chairman's booklet, mailed in July to 2000-2001 Post Commanders and Auxiliary Presidents.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars continues to recognize the Scouting Program as a premier Youth Development Program and intends to increase its commitment to the Boy Scouts of America as a part of our Community Service Programs. This commitment recognition of an Eagle Scout as the VFW National Eagle Scout of the year and taking action to develop closer relations between VFW Posts and the Scouting Program. The Department of Virginia intends to be a leader in this program.

The Department Commander has appointed me as Department Representative to develop and implement a program for the Department of Virginia. I will also serve as the Department Representative on the National Team of VFW Scouters. My first task is to develop a state team of scouters who will assist in organizing our effort to select an Eagle Scout of the year of 2001. They will also be responsible to assist Districts and Posts increasing local support for the Scouting Program by sponsorship of scouting units and providing other support to local Boy Scout Councils.

I am seeking a volunteer from each District who will help in this effort and serve on the state team of VFW Scouters. Comrade Ron Knowles of VFW Post 7589 in Manassas has volunteered to serve as my deputy in this effort.

I can be contacted at 15617 Neath Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22193, 703-670-9084 and E-Mail Ranger61@MSN.COM.

Stan Hunter
National Team of VFW Scouters


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


The 2000-2001 Fall Council of Administration Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Select, Lynchburg, Virginia, September 14-17, 2000. The room rate is $65.00.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you buy a Banquet Ticket that is where you will sit. There will be NO switching tables. To reserve a Table, it must be paid for in advance with names.

2001 September 19-22 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; phone 804-528-2500


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


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 5-10 Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961


To help in preparing a Press Book for the State Commander, I am asking the Commanders of all Posts, when Department Commander Ray Chappell visits in your area and you have publicity about it in your local newspaper or magazine, please send clippings to me. I would prefer to have full-page tear sheets of all articles that appear in your local publications about the Commander, and I would also appreciate any original glossy photographs that you can spare. I will send a Certificate of Participation to every Post

which contributes clippings or photos for the Press Book. Please send your contributions to: Donald Trausneck, State Public Relations, 1667 Breezy Ridge Road, Woodlawn, Virginia 24381-1555.

Donald Trausneck
Public Relations Chairman



2000-2001 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY DEADLINES: Student Entry Deadline - November 1, 2000;

District Deadline - December 15, 2000

Post Commanders now is the time to appoint your Voice of Democracy Chairman. Schools will be open next month and it is time to prepare the Posts program. The Voice of Democracy is open to Students in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

District Commanders please mai me the name and address of your District VOD Chairman. I am available for questions and information.

Homer K. Bower, Jr., VOD Chairman, P O Box 578, Marion, VA 24354, phone 540-783-3842.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
VOD Chairman



2000-2001 YOUTH ESSAY DEADLINES: Student Entry Deadline - December 1, 2000;

District Deadline - February 1, 2001; Department Deadline - February 15, 2001; National Deadline - February 20, 2001


FOR: All VFW Post's Citizenship Education Chairman

As Chairman of this important committee, you will be a spokesperson for the VFW. The programs you plan and complete may be the only contact many of your local citizens will have with the VFW.

There are many citizenship education projects your Post can tackle. Whether it's a continuing project, like monitoring the display of flags in your community, or conducting annual holiday ceremonies, your community needs you, and you have the means to help.

Listed below are a variety of citizenship education projects that will provide Americanism credits for your Post:

* Present "Patriotic Citizen Award" certificates to citizens and merchants who fly the U S Flag daily

* Conduct Veterans and Memorial Day ceremonies

* Dispose of old flags for fellow citizens who do not have a way of properly discarding them

* Promote a "Get Out the Vote" program

* Conduct a presentation on proper flag etiquette

* Discuss the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance or provide "living histories" at local schools. Include Buddy Poppy information in your talk

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. When your Posts plans to conduct a ceremony or program, be sure to notify your local newspaper and get your event placed on the community calendar. It is also important to work with other civic organizations and youth groups when possible. When you complete a project, fill out an Activities report and mail it to VFW State Headquarters. A reported project will give credit to your Post, your District and your Department.

Marshall E. Guy
Americanism Chairman


It is time to start thinking about your safety programs for the new year. My state safety committee will be giving two major awards at next year's State Convention. One award will be for the "Most Outstanding Single Event Safety Project" for a large Post and the other will be for the "Most Outstanding Single event Safety Program for a Small Post." The winners will be based on written reports submitted to me about all safety programs conducted, augmented by photographs, newspaper clippings, radio station PSA scripts and any other documentation included. In addition to these two beautiful engraved plaques, Safety Citations will be given to every Post which participates in at least four of the seven VFW National Safety Categories during both halves of the year. For this purpose, the first half runs from May 1 through November 30 and the second half runs from December 1 to April 30. I will be receiving all reports of safety participation from the Department Junior Vice Commander, so it is not necessary to send duplicate reports to me, however to be eligible for one of the two major award plaques, please send a completed detailed event reports to:

Donald Trausneck, State Safety Chairman,
1667 Breezy Ridge Road
Woodlawn, Virginia 24381-1555
A copy of the detailed safety report is included in this month's General Orders.

Donald Trausneck
Safety Chairman



The Department is off to a good start with the Hospital reports. I have received reports from 42 Posts so far. That makes the State 21.3% reported already in just a few months time. That is very good. Keep up the good work.

Michael Hoiness

Hospital Chairman



Self Control Courtesy and Courage!!!! These are the requisites the veterans of Virginia in these times.

Togo West has resigned as the Secretary of the U S Department of Veterans Affairs. Herschel Goeber has been appointed his replacement. Kenneth Steadman has resigned as the head of the VFW Washington Office. He is now in the Washington Office of the U S Department of Veterans Affairs. Past Commander-in-Chief Bob Wallace has replaced Steadman. Donald E. Duncan Director Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs has died after a long and painful illness. Bert Boyd is his expected replacement.

Vacancies in the Virginia Board on Veterans Affairs have not been announced. The Federal Congress is now winding down in preparation of the upcoming National Conventions. Promised reforms have not materialized. Both parties are claiming credit for Low Interest Rates and Low Unemployment. Daily we hear of withdrawal of reelection for reasons of advancing age, illness, family problems and threat of defeat at the Polls.

Promised reforms in the welfare, judiciary, health care, IRS, transportation, campaign funding, crime prevention and Social Security Systems have all taken a back seat while the skirmish for political aggrandizement looms large.

Now the veterans of Virginia must do what they can to help themselves. Write out your final burial wishes. Designate which cemetery, type of funeral, Honor Guard and Pall Bearers. Persons to be notified, obituary, open or closed casket or cremation. Total cost and source of payment. Average costs range from $4,000.00 to $7,000.00. Equally important is your will. Do not say "I have nothing to pass on."

Make or update your Will. Discuss with family members what items you may wish to go to certain persons. Changes in family status due to birth, marriage, divorce, death or any other circumstance can alter your wishes. List everything you own. Insurance, pension plan, stocks, bonds, notes, real estate, furniture, tools and equipment. List all loans, mortgages, leases, credit card balances, etc. List obligations with other family members. These items may be known only to you. Discuss your complete situation with family members and your lawyer. Have your Will witnessed and notarized. Put it on record in your courthouse. If you do not do this, your heirs will need to pay unnecessary advertising court and lawyers fees. What money you may have may be a long time coming to a member of your family that might need it the most. Do these things today while you are of sound mind and body. Tomorrow will be too late.

You can demonstrate your true love for those you leave behind by doing these simple things today. Do not leave it for them to guess what you might have wished in their time of grief and sorrow.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman


August is a fine month to improve our local Post areas. While sipping a cool beer, it is easy to think how to make our areas better.

A short visit with your local librarian can develop programs already in place or planned. Ask local foresters and nurserymen for their suggestions. Frequently they have projects for which they cannot find the money.

Our VFW Environmental Programs should complement our other established programs such as: safety, youth and community affairs. Such programs will require manpower, material, equipment and money.

The VFW can take a bold load and ask the other like minded community groups to contribute whatever they can.

Chambers of Commerce, Little Leagues, Boy and Girl Scouts and major firms may all be able to participate or join in if asked.

Examples or suitable programs are: recycling of papers, metals, glass, plastics, old furniture and appliances. Demolition of vacant or old structures (with owners permission) is fine. Removal of a few truckloads of trash can make a good start. Planting a few trees and shrubs provides shade, shelter and firewood. A talk with National Wildlife People, foresters and nurserymen will determine what plants will suit your area.

So the main thing is to determine a type and date for your project. Set the date, notify the community of the work date. Perhaps an arrangement can be made with your local fire department to have a large trash burn. Large trucking firms may be willing to help with a few park outs of ROLL ONs. On the work day keep a few VFW membership applications handy. Volunteers might like to join the VFW is asked.

Keep track of the money and man hours spent, the details to Junior Vice Commander so we can get Virginia in the win column. Be sure to take many pictures and send to the VFW and news Media.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental 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


We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Bruce Gugler, Post 3160 Commander, who passed away and also to the family of Maxwell Wright, Post 7969 Commander, who passed way on June 2, 2000.

Official: By Order of:
Robert J. Klausing Early Ray Chappell
State Adjutant State Commander