GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 12

"A NEW CENTURY OF SERVICE"

JUNE 1, 2000

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Comrades, it is hard to believe that the year has gone by so fast and this will be my last message as State Commander. I can't think of a better way to culminate the year than by being able to report that the Department of Virginia is 100% plus in membership.

Yes, Comrades all of us together have turned the membership deficit around. To each and everyone that has worked so hard to make this happen, please accept my heartfelt thanks.

There has been a lot of hard work by so many and yes some that have not put forth as much effort as they could and will probably fall short of their goal. However, many of you have picked up the slack to insure that Virginia is once again 100% in membership as we should be.

My Comrades it would take too long and fill too much space in these General Orders to thank so many people individually so I will simply say I greatly appreciate your efforts throughout the year. I will close by saying what an Honor it has been to have served as State Commander as we entered into "A New Century of Service."

My very best wishes to each of you and let's Pledge to do our very best to keep our Department in the 100% column. Gold Bless each of you and always keep smiling.

Paul T. Moore
State Commander


2. GENERAL ORDER CUT-OFF DATES:

Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than June 30, 2000 to be counted for the month of June. 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.


3. HOMEPAGE:

The Department of Virginia, VFW now has a Homepage. Your General Orders can be found on the Homepage at http://www.vfw-virginia.com. 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.


4. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST -

SECOND - 08-12-00, VIRGINIA BEACH POST 392, Lunch 11:00 a.m., Meeting 12:00 Noon

THIRD - 09-09-00, MECHANICSVILLE POST 9808, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

FOURTH - 08-13-00

FIFTH - 08-20-00, MEADOWS OF DAN POST 8467, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow

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.

SEVENTH - PLANNING MEETING, 07-30-00, EDINBURG POST 2447, Meeting 2:00 p.m. (Auxiliary will meet then)

09-10-00, BERRYVILLE POST 9760

EIGHTH - 09-10-00, CULPEPER POST 2524, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

NINTH -

TENTH - 09-10-00, BLUEFIELD POST 9696, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting after

ELEVENTH - 09-10-00, BRIDGEWATER POST 8644, Meeting 11:30 a.m.

TWELFTH -

THIRTEENTH - 09-24-00, LOUISA POST 8947, Meeting 1:00 p.m.


5. CHANGES IN ROSTER:

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

POST 3125 - Junior Vice Commander Randolph Lucas' address changed to 15315 Horse Shoe Bridge Road, Doswell 23047, phone 804-883-5251

POST 3125 - Quartermaster is Charles Scott, Jr.'s address changed to 1917 Rebel Road, Glen Allen 23059-4613

POST 8279 - Commander Houston Lawhorn, Jr.'s, address changed to 4079 Cold Springs Road, Raphine 24472

POST 8947 - Quartermaster Wayne Wittenburg's address changed to P O Box 537, Mineral 23117


6. FORMS AND GUIDELINES:

The forms and guidelines for the Homeless Veterans Committee Form, Deceased Comrade Form, Community Activities Form and Hospital Report Form and 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.

Forms

7. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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 PAST DUE at State Headquarters.


8. SERVICE OFFICER FEES:


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.


9. ATTENTION ALL POSTS:

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.


10. ELECTION REMINDER:

All Posts are reminded to send in Election Reports to National and State Headquarters as soon as elections are held. All Posts are encouraged to refer to Section 217 of the Constitution and By-Laws Manual of Procedure entitled Nomination, Election, Installation and Term of Office.


11. BUDDY POPPY REMINDER:

If your Post owes for Poppies and/or Supplies, the amount due should be paid by the State Convention or your Post will be in arrears and will not be eligible to vote.


12. INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS:

Installing Officers are directed to see to it that the Post Election Report Forms have been completed and mailed to Department and National Headquarters prior to installing Post Officers. If a Post Election Report Form has not been forwarded to the Department and National Headquarters at the time of installation, the installing officer shall complete and forward such report at the time of the installation of Post Officers.

Post, District, Department Commanders, Adjutants and Quartermasters are reminded of the requirements of Sections 216(c), 316, 416(c) and 515(d) of the National By-Laws with regard to proof of eligibility for all newly elected and appointed officers. Elected and appointed officers shall not be installed or assume the duties of their office until proof of eligibility has been submitted and properly reviewed. Failure or refusal to submit proof of eligibility within 60 days of election or appointment shall result in the office being declare vacant.


13. NOTICE TO ALL POSTS:

Your Election Report must be turned into State Headquarters in order for the information about your Post to be printed in the 2000-2001 Roster.


Listed below are Posts that have not sent in the 2000-2001 Election Report to State Headquarters. Please do so by the State Convention, or your Post will be in arrears and NOTbe eligible to vote.

District One - 2582 District Eight - 1177, 8208, 9865
District Three - 394, 8046 District Ten - 609, 8181
District Four - 7559, 8599,District District Eleven - 7157, 7578, 8479, 9794
District Five - 644, 873 District Twelve - 4301, 10310, 10673

District Six - 1444, 9805 District Thirteen - 2044, 7638, 8697, 9887
District Seven - 4698

14. CREDENTIALS:

All Posts are reminded to forward the names of all delegates and alternates to State Headquarters. All delegates, alternates and State Officers must register upon arriving at the State Convention.


15. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

Enclosed is the form to be filled out if you plan on attending the School of Instruction which will be held on July 13-16, 2000. The deadline to State Headquarters is June 15, 2000.

School of Instructuon Form

16. KOREAN WAR COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS FOR 2000:

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.

40th Anniversary Commemoration/Conference University of Pittsburgh June 23-24
Hostilities Commence (National Ceremony) Washington, D.C. June 25
Hostilities Commence (International Ceremony) Seoul, Korea June 25
Korean Service Women's Commemorative Event Washington, D. C./Arlington National Cemetery June 25
Task Force Smith Suwon, South Korea July 5
Task Force Smith Arlington National Cemetery July 7
Korean War Veterans Memorial Ceremony Korean War Memorial July 27
40
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


17. STATE CONVENTION GOLF TOURNAMENT:

The Golf Tournament will be played at the HOLLOWS GOLF COURSE on Wednesday, June 21st at

12:00 Noon.

We are still in need of Hole Sponsors. The price to sponsor a hole is $100.00. ALL of the money will go to the Childrens Hospital in Richmond. Last year we donated $3,100.00 to the Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk. Our goal this year is $5,000.00. We really need your help. Come on "players". I know you are out there. Send in your $50.00 per person to cover your greens fee, cart, lunch and beverages. If you have not played this Tournament before, join us now. We have always had fun and enjoyed the comradery. (Some have even played a good game.)

This year there's a little something different. Senior (65 and over) will play from the Gold Tees.

Please help us help the children in hospitals.

Send all monies to State Headquarters.

Luther E. "Andy" Anderson
State Chief-of-Staff

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

18. STATE CONVENTION:

The 78th Annual Convention for the Department of Virginia will be held June 21-26, 2000, at the Hyatt Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. Enclosed in the last General Order's was the reservation form for the Hyatt Richmond and the agenda.

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.

Hotel Reservation Form

19. DISTRICT AND STATE OFFICERS:

State Officers and District Commanders need to get their expense vouchers turned in as soon as possible. If you find you may need an increase, please correspond to Charles B. Wilkerson before June 21, 2000, otherwise no additional monies will be expended.


20. COMMANDER'S LUNCHEON:

Enclosed is a form for the Commander's Club Luncheon to be held at the Hyatt Richmond on

June 23, 2000.

Commander's Luncheon

21. STATE CONVENTION FUNDRAISERS:

There will be State Convention hats and pins on sale at the State Convention June 21-26, 2000. The pins are Operation Uplink and State Convention for $2.00 and the State Convention hats are $5.00 and they can be ordered now.


22. STATE CONVENTION - OFFICERS REPORTS:

State Officers, District Commanders and Committee Chairmen, please turn in a written report of your activities for 1999-2000 prior to June 27, 2000, to Robert J. Klausing, State Adjutant/Quartermaster, if you wish for them to be published in the "Minutes of the 78th Annual Convention".


23. STATE CONVENTIONS:

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 5-10 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


24. DIRECT DUES' NOTICE:

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


25. IMPORTANT 2000-2003 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.

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, 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.

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

November 15-18 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.


26. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

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


27. VIDEO CONFERENCE:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct a four (4) hour satellite training program to originate from Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, July 29, 2000 with the following room rental/broadcast times in all time zones. The Room Reservation time will be 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and the Satellite Time will be 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The training will consist of with times approximate: Commander-in-Chief-15 minutes; Membership-35 minutes; VFW Programs-40 minutes; Duties and Responsibilities of Post and District Commanders-30 minutes; Parliamentary Procedure-45 minutes; Question and answer session-45 minutes and breaks-30 minutes. There will be an 800 number for each site for call-in interaction with the presenters.

The training program will be held at Virginia Tech Donaldson Brown Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Otey Street (60 miles south of Roanoke), Blacksburg, Virginia.


28. NATIONAL CONVENTION MEETING:

2000 August 19-25 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In March'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.

The Distinguished Guest Banquet will be held Monday evening, 7:00 p.m., August 21, 2000, at the Midwest Express Convention Center. A form is on the last page of the General Orders if you would like to attend.

Housing Information

29. NATIONAL CONVENTION PROGRAM EVENTS:

101ST VFW National Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 19-25, 2000. Dates for major events are scheduled tentatively as follows:

Saturday, August 19National Council of Administration Meeting 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, August 20Annual Memorial Service
8:30 a.m. Midwest Express Convention Center
10:30 a.m. Conference Caucus'
1:00 p.m. Committee Meetings

Monday, August 21Joint Opening Session
8:30 a.m. Midwest Express Convention Center
6:00 p.m. General Reception
7:00 p.m. Distinguished Guests Banquet

Tuesday, August 22Field Competition
8:00 a.m. Arena
8:30 a.m. Business Session - Hall AB

Midwest Express Convention Center
1:00 p.m. Workshops-Midwest Express Convention Center
5:30 p.m. Patriotic Rally

Arena

Wednesday, August 23Business Session
9:00 a.m. Hall AB, Midwest Express Convention Center
1:00 p.m. Workshops-Midwest Express Convention Center

Thursday, August 24Business Session

8:30 a.m. Midwest Express Convention Center

Friday, August 25Election and Installation of Officers
9:00 a.m. Midwest Express Convention Center
4:00 p.m. Commander-in-Chief & National President's Reception

Midwest Express Convention Center


30. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2000 September 14-17 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


31. WINTER COUNCIL MEETINGS:

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


32. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY AND YOUTH ESSAY:

2000-2001 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY THEME: WHAT PRICE FREEDOM?

2000-2001 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY DEADLINES: Student Entry Deadline - November 1, 2000
District Deadline - December 15, 2000
Department Deadline - January 15, 2001
National Deadline - February 1, 2001


2000-2001 YOUTH ESSAY THEME: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PATRIOTIC?
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


33. SAFETY:

Comrades the reporting year is now over for Safety. I do want to thank each and every one of you, at all levels, for what you have done and reported in our Safety Program. I wish that I could have reported 100% in the Department but I cannot. The Department ended the year with 96.4%. We only needed seven Posts to report at least one report for the year to be 100%. Let's all work together and get the Department 100% next year.


Congratulations to all the District that are 100% reported. They are Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13. To Districts 5 and 12, I thank you for trying, maybe next year. Keep up the great work you are doing for the Department of Virginia and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

It was my pleasure to serve as your Department Safety Chairman. This year and everybody remember keep safe.

Harry C. Huff
Safety Chairman

34. LEGISLATIVE:

"Then Moving Writes and Having Write Moves On".


Obtain a large folder -- assemble in it: all medical and military records; list names and address of your income, pension and insurance plans; list all loans and debts including credit cards; list all bank accounts, cash, stocks, property, vehicles and other goods. See if you can combine or eliminate any of these items: examine or update your will...a new one if necessary with three witnesses and see if you have stipulated who you want to receive every item, today. Write out final details of your funeral: what cemetery, check to see which one is open for you now; do you what open or closed casket, what color guard, Pall Bearers; military base can now furnish on request a detail to help; do you want to be cremated or buried in a full casket and do you have a private cemetery plot now or what about a headstone?

Sit down today with members of your family. Ask each which things, tools, vehicles, souvenirs, army pictures, books, etc. they would like. One way to show your loved ones is to let them know what sort of money they can expect to receive and who will see that they get it after you are gone.

Finally, read your General Orders, there is a lot going on these days none of us understand including me. Maybe now is the time for you to ask some questions too.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman


35. ENVIRONMENTAL:

Recent high winds and heavy rains have wrought havoc through many regions of Virginia. There is still time and opportunity for Posts that have not completed an Environmental Program to do so.

A short trip by the Post Commander and some of the old hands will reveal chances to help our communities. In May, as we prepare to honor our dead, we can help our communities. Many have piles of leaves, tree limbs and trash that can be removed to the dump by willing hands and some pickup trucks. If no cemetery perhaps a school yard, church yard or a section of a stream or highway needs some hard work, trash removal or some raking, grading and re-seeding. Even an obsolete sign or structure can improve the community appearance. Plant a few trees or shrubs after talking with local officials, nurserymen and foresters. Small trees can still be set out if they have a root ball. Decide if you want it for shade, shelter ornamentation or future lumber or firewood, even fruit trees.

If time and money permits you can ask other like-minded organizations and interested friends to participate with the VFW taking the lead and local news media informed community interest can be most helpful. Also, properly planned, the impact will be long lasting and could become an annual rite of spring. Nothing ventured nothing won. Even a small recycling program to collect: newspapers, cardboard, glass, plastics and metals both ferrous and nonferrous.

Remember to keep VFW membership applications handy and ask all volunteers to join the VFW if they are eligible. Tell them why. Send applications to State Headquarters for confirmation.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


36. MEMBERSHIP/LIFE MEMBERSHIP:

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

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


37. KOREAN WAR VETERANS HONORED WITH NEW MEDAL:

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.


38. VFW MILITARY INITIATIVE PROGRAM (MIP):

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


39. DEEPEST SYMPATHY:

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Roy B. Leake Commander of Sperryville Post 1150 who passed away, to the family of Past Department President Estelle Palmer and to the family of Gladys Berry, wife of Past Department Commander Otis Berry, for the loss of her mother at the age of 106.


40. RETROACTIVE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON ELIGIBILITY:

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

News Release

41. DISTINGUISHED BANQUETS TICKETS:

NATIONAL CONVENTION
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
AUGUST 19-25, 2000

________ 101ST DISTINGUISHED BANQUET TICKETS @ $50.00 EACH $____________


TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $____________

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Name
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Address
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City,   State,   Zip Code

Make Checks Payable to: Department of Virginia, VFW
P O Box 2067 Staunton, VA 24402

DEADLINE TO STATE HEADQUARTERS IS JULY 19, 2000



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