MARCH 1, 2000


The Annual Washington Conference as we have known it for many years is now history and faded away along with 1999. Two new conferences are taking its place, the Legislative Conference which meets in a few days and the Community Service Conference which will meet in April. The Community Service Conference will include the Ladies Auxiliary.

During the past month several of our Comrades have completed a membership and report's roundup in the Sixth and Ninth Districts. While the required reports in most cases are on track, we still remain in a membership a deficit from last year.

As of the 24th of February the Tenth District was the only one in the State equal to or above last years' membership. All of you can see that we still have a lot of work ahead of us between now and June to make the Department once again 100% in membership.

Post Commander's, Quartermasters and Membership Chairmen the dues notices have done about all they will do for the year. It is time for each Post to review the membership roster at the Post Meetings and ask the members for assistance in collecting the unpaid dues. Most are willing to help where they can but need to know who has not paid for the year in order to assist in contacting those unpaid members. "COMMUNICATE" with your Post members and request their assistance.

Paul T. Moore

State Commander


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

SECOND - 03-11-00, FRANKLIN POST 4411, Lunch at Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative James E. Tucker, State Junior Vice Commander

THIRD - 05-13-00, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, 1:00 p.m. Memorial Service, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

FOURTH - 05-07-00, SOUTH HILL POST 7166, Meeting 2:00 p.m.


SIXTH - 05-21-00, BUCHANAN POST 5895/FLOYD POST 7854 HOST, BLDG 5 VA HOSPITAL, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

SEVENTH - 03-12-00, LURAY POST 621, Lunch at 11:30 a.m., Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Henry E. Cluney, State Inspector

EIGHTH - 03-26-00, MANASSAS POST 7589, Meeting 1:00 p.m., meal after, Representative Paul T. Moore, State Commander - 05-21-00, REMINGTON POST 7728, Meeting 1:00 p.m., meal after

NINTH - 05-07-00, PULASKI POST 1184, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch at Noon

TENTH - 05-21-00, DALE CITY POST 1503, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

ELEVENTH - 03-05-00, LEXINGTON POST 1499, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting to follow, Representative Paul T. Moore, State Commander

TWELFTH - 05-21-00, BRISTOL POST 6975, 11:00 a.m. Registration, Lunch at Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

THIRTEENTH - 03-12-00, SPOTSYLVANIA POST 10546, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Judge Advocate


POST 7166 - Quartermaster is Willard H. Tanner, 5826 Blackridge Road, LaCrosse 23950, telephone 804-636-2774

POST 7814 - Quartermaster is Edward P. Kier, Sr., 307 Yount Avenue, Staunton 22401

POST 7638 - Commander is Frederic J. G. Caristo, P O Box 6773, Charlottesville 22902, telephone 540-832-7807

POST 7638 - Senior Vice Commander is Charles W. Moubry, 16193 Thoroughbred Road, Gordonsville 22942, telephone 540-673-0311

POST 7638 - Junior Vice Commander is Allan Beamer, 13285 Liberty Road, Gordonsville 22942

POST 7638 - Acting Quartermaster is Frederic J. G. Caristo, 10272 Gordon Avenue, Gordonsville 22942, telephone 540-824-2439

POST 8436 - Adjutant Edgar O. Woodson, Jr.'s address changed to 7445 Greenwood Station Road, Greenwood 22943

POST 8613 - Quartermaster is Gary Painter, 1103 Varine Avenue, Shenandoah 22849

POST 8902 - Junior Vice Commander J. E. Mills' address changed to 767 Bonair Circle, Lynchburg 24503-1245

DEPUTY CHIEF-OF-STAFF DISTRICT FIVE - Samuel D. McFall telephone number changed to 540-728-5756


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


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 11 - 4989
District 7 - 1150, 2447 District 12 - 5715, 10310, District
District 8 - 4468 District 13 - 8717, 10295


The Quarterly Audit Report for December 31st, is NOW PAST DUE at State Headquarters.


It is once again time to start sending information or pictures to State Headquarters for the Virginia Veteran to be handed out at the State Convention in June. If you are a candidate for office, please send information and photograph now. THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 15, 2000. NO EXCEPTIONS.


2000 March 11-15 Washington, D.C.


The deadline for the National Publication Contest (for newsletters) is March 31, 2000. If your Post wishes to enter, please send two copies of your Newsletter to State Headquarters. The State winner will be forwarded to National for National judging. Contact your District Commander or State Headquarters for further information.


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.


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 11, 2000.


Enclosed in February's General Orders is the criteria for the All State Judging.

All State Judging


Enclosed in February's General Orders was an order form for Buddy Poppies. If you plan to sell poppies for Memorial Day, it is time to order them. This price is $90.00 per thousand. Be sure to include a street address poppies are to be mail to, NOT Post Office Box Number, and also the date you plan to sell them.


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, VA23230 Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax: Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961


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.


Our annual Tournament will be held at the HOLLOWS GOLF COURSE Wednesday, June 21, 2000. Price per player is $50.00 and that includes green fees, cart, lunch and beverages.

Hole sponsors are desperately needed, at $100.00 per hole.

Our goal is $5,000.00 for the Children's Hospital in Richmond. Two years ago we donated just over $1,000.00 to the Children's Hospital in Richmond. Last year we donated over $3,000.00 to the Children's Hospital of Kings Daughters in Norfolk.

Monies can be sent to State Headquarters NOW. This is a great way for the Post to spend some Bingo money.

L. E. (Andy) Anderson


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

Enclosed 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.


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

Contest Guidelines


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

2001 September 9-22 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504


2001 January 20-25 George Washington Inn Ramada, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg Virginia 23185 - Rates are $45.00, Phone: 1-800-666-8888


His eligibility to membership having been questioned under the provisions of Section 108 of the National By-Laws and the veteran having failed to submit proof of campaign medal service which would qualify for membership, it is hereby ordered that the name of Charles T. Champion, Life Membership No. 0987815, be removed from the rolls of Nathaniel Gordon Post NO. 7638, Gordonsville, Virginia, and his membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States terminated by reason of ineligibility.

By order of
John W. Smart


His eligibility to membership having been questioned under the provisions of Section 108 of the National By-Laws and the veteran having failed to submit proof of campaign medal service which would qualify for membership, it is hereby ordered that the name of Michael D. Doniel, Life Membership No. 1157562, be removed from the rolls of Nathaniel Gordon Post No. 7638, Gordonsville, Virginia, and his membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States terminated by reason of ineligibility.

By order of
John W. Smart


His eligibility to membership having been questioned under the provisions of Section 108 of the National By-Laws and the veteran having failed to submit proof of campaign medal service which would qualify for membership, it is hereby ordered that the name of Robert E. Erb, Jr., Life Membership No. 1161059, be removed from the rolls of Nathaniel Gordon Post No. 7638, Gordonsville, Virginia, and his membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States terminated by reason of ineligibility.

By order of
John W. Smart


Posts are to be congratulated for the excellent reporting this year, but a few Posts still have not reported. Let's try to get the Department of Virginia 100% reported for Hospital related activities. Those 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 Post. For those Posts which have reported, please do not stop. Take credit for your assistance to veterans and their families.

As of 25 February, 2000 the Department of Virginia is 91.37% reported. The following is the latest status.

Dist. 1 - 100% - CONGRATULATIONS! Dist. 8 - Need reports from 472, 7728, 9835
Dist. 2 - 100% - CONGRATULATIONS! Dist. 9 - 100% - CONGRATULATIONS!
Dist. 3 - 100% - CONGRATULATIONS! Dist. 10 - Need reports from 5412, 8181, 8815
Dist. 4 - Need reports from 7819, 10570 Dist. 11 - 100% - CONGRATULATIONS!
Dist. 5 - 100% - CONGRATULATIONS! Dist. 12 - Need reports from 5715, 8652, 10310, 10611
Dist. 6 - 100% - CONGRATULATIONS! Dist. 13 - 100% - CONGRATULATIONS!

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

Hospital report


Comrades should examine very carefully bills received from the VA Medical System. Errors in billing have been occurring. Screenings at the VA Mobile Health and Wellness Clinics are FREE. Veterans are receiving bills indicting they owe a $50 co-payment for this service. If you receive a bill, do not pay it. Contact your local VA Medical Center and question the bill. If it is an error, they will correct the problem. If you pay before questioning the bill, you may experience a long delay in correcting the problem.

Peter (Pete) Snelling
Hospital Chairman


Out of 197 posts, I have received 134 Reports. This makes the State 68% reported.

1 13 8 61.5% 960-2296-4856-7167-9358
2 9 6 66.7% 392-993-2582
3 18 17 100%
4 24 18 75.0% 7559-8048-8163-8446-8599-10571
5 14 8 57.1% 644-873-4637-7443-7568-8243
6 20 20 100%
7 14 11 78.6% 2123-9292-9660
8 11 7 63.6% 472-4468-8208-9835
9 13 11 84.6% 956-7360
10 12 6 50.0% 609-7327-8181-8469-8815-9274
11 22 21 95.5% 1499
12 13 6 46.2% 4301-5715-8652-9600-10298-10310-10611
13 14 4 28.6% 1827-2044-2217-2613-7638-8169-8717-8947-10295-10574
TOTAL 197 143 72.6%

Michael J. Hoiness
Americanism Chairman


Although normally March is the Harbinger of Spring, this year our severe winter and late snows have delayed the usual spring activities. Nevertheless, the VFW can still conduct their Environmental Programs. These need not conflict with but in fact can complement other established programs such as: Youth, Safety, Health and Community Services.

Each of our 197 Posts can make a tour of their area, designate a program Chairman to talk with local elected and staff officials, Park Rangers, Game Wardens, Highway Officials, Nurserymen and Foresters and then visit local libraries, a good idea of programs in existence or planned for your areas can be obtained. Depending on the Posts financial condition possible programs are: recycling of paper, glass, metals, plastics, appliances, furniture, tires, batteries, vehicles and vehicle parts, used engine oil, old paints and hazardous materials; plant a few trees or shrubs for shade and wind brakes; set out nesting boxes and feeding stations for bluebirds, songbirds and other wildlife; leave some areas unmowed in the margins of the fields especially where there is a stream.

The motivation, man power, material and money for all of this can come from the VFW in part. Other community minded major firms and business groups will contribute what they can when and if asked. If never asked they will probably never donate anything.

Parks, playgrounds, churchyards, schoolyards and cemeteries are also good candidates for a cleanup. Old and abandoned buildings, signs and structures can also be removed.

Local news and TV stations can help with publicity and urge volunteers to turn out and help.

On the actual work day keep your VFW applications ready. Ask all volunteers if they or someone in their family is eligible to join. Get the form filled out and send to State Headquarters. Make a record of the time and money involved and send that to State Headquarters so it can be included in the Community Activities Report.

If each of our Posts will have one Environmental Program this year then we can start the Millennium by making Virginia a better place to visit, live, work, raise our children and retire.

So my comrades what are you waiting for?

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


Apparently we will not know the fate of our funding requests for our Second State Veterans Home and Second State Veterans Cemetery until March 11, 2000.

We do know that we have a great deal of work to do to convince our state and federal officials of the true needs of the 75,000 veterans of Virginia, their dependents and survivors.

The 2000 Presidential Election Campaign is now in full swing. Candidates are fluttering all over the country seeking votes: IA, NH, SC, AR, MI and next CA, NY and VA; front shifting back and forth but no clear lead yet. These primaries simply corral the electoral vote, they do not guarantee anything, in spite of what the contenders say. What the real issues are seems equally unclear. Sometime it is abortion, sometimes Judicial Reform, other times International trade. Then again we have women in the Military Combat Role and Homosexuals in the military, how much aid we give to what country etc. for campaign pledges of campaign financing reform, Judicial Reform, Gun Control, Health Care for all, Term Limits, Lower taxes, just do away with Internal Revenue Service. Guarantee the Social Security System (ok now until 2030 until the Baby Boomers hit the trail). So we have not seen any real downsizing. Not any real combination of functions among Commerce, Interior Agriculture, not yet anyhow.

The larger percentage of voters that are going out to vote tells me just one thing. A lot of taxpayers in this country are unhappy. Recall that Eisenhower Administration came to town to "clean up the Mess" has that been done yet? Not to my knowledge. Politicians seem to be on the prowl still for power. Power in the form of personal perks, assignments on powerful committees or assignments that offer the opportunity to travel at government expense anywhere they care to go. In the matter of the federal budget the administration has substantially cut back funding for the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs to a total of $191 million to ensure needed facility renovations and repairs to the USDVA facilities, as recommended in the Independent Budget.

Every mail brings more and more request for support, money and votes.

Whatever money the average veterans can afford to give is chicken feed compared to the hot shot big boys looking for favorable legislation.

It seems to me the part of prudence to withhold your money. To reply saying I wish this year to know the position and intent of all contents before I commit my support or vote. That way you will be right about one half the time on average. Better still you will still have your money no matter who wins.

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 means 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


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published the Tax Guide Veterans' Organizations (Publication 3386). It provides veterans' organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, or that are considering applying for recognition of tax- exemption, a single informational source in plain language explaining the federal tax requirements applicable to them. The primary purpose of the publication is to assist in helping veterans' organization understand and meet their tax responsibilities.

If you wish to request copies of Publication 3386, please call 1-800-829-3676 (toll free) or visit the IRS website at

If you have general questions, please contact me at State Headquarters: 1-800-888-3521.

Robert J. Klausing
State Adjutant/Quartermaster


The VFW Member Benefits Department offers a variety of valuable voluntary benefits. For specific information regarding any of the programs listed below, please contact the Member Benefit Department at (816) 968-1164, e-mail to or write, VFW Member Benefits, P O Box 119030, Kansas City, MO 64171-9030. Information is also available on the VFW website at

Purchase Power Car Rentals Viatical Settlements Senior Life Benefits
Credit Card VFW Credit Union Various Insurance Programs

37. LIFE MEMBERSHIP INSTALLMENT PLAN ENROLLMENT: January 1 through March 31, 2000.

Annual reminder that the enrollment period for the Installment Plan is only during the three months indicated.

Note: 2000 annual dues must be paid and recorded at National before a member can enroll in the Life Membership Installment Plan. Watch for the December VFW magazine ad and the January- February Checkpoint for Installment Plan Agreement Forms, or write to the Life Membership Department at National for a small supply to be mailed. Here are the fees, including the quarterly payment amount for the Installment Plan.

(At December 31, 2000) Installment Plan Only
Through age 30 $245.00 $61.25
Age 31-40 235.00 58.75
Age 41-50 215.00 53.75
Age 51-60 195.00 48.75
Age 61-70 165.00 41.25
Age 71-80 125.00 31.25
Age 81 and over 85.00 21.25

The deadline for Installment Plan enrollment is March 31, 2000.


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


Each Department Chairman (Youth, Safety, Community Activities and Americanism) now has the opportunity to honor Posts or individual Post Chairmen within their Department by requesting a "National Citation of Recognition" from the National Organization.

The application form was included in January's General Orders. Please list only the VFW Posts or individual Post Chairman that the Department has determined qualified for this special recognition on the official application form.

Please review the official POST RECOGNITION CITATION, "National Citation of Recognition", ------CHAIRMAN REQUEST FORM----- included in this General Orders for complete details. This is your opportunity to honor the Posts who supported and promoted the programs you oversee.


If you have any questions on this recognition opportunity please call National Headquarters at 816-756-3390 ask for Mike Gormalley or Gordon Thorson.

James E. Tucker
Community Services Chairman

Chairman Request Form


We would like to express get well wishes to Luther E. (Andy) Anderson, Past Department Commander who was just recently released from the hospital.


We express our deepest sympathy to the family of Richard W. Sorrell, Commander of Verona Post 10826 who passed away February 2, 2000.

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

Commanders Club Luncheon VFW 101stNational Convention Housing VFW 101stNational Convention Housing Request form