MAY 1, 2000


It is hard to believe that it is almost time once again for the All State Team, Community Activity Record Book and other contest judging listed in the years' Membership Campaign. All judging will take place at State Headquarters on Saturday, May 20th.

For the purpose of All State Competition the membership deadline is extended until Friday, May 19th. Any Post competing for the ALL STATE TEAM will be required to submit their Leadership Manual.

My congratulations to the Commanders of District One, Three, Five and Ten who are 100% or above in membership reported. Each District has Posts that are not yet 100% so please keep working with them. To the other District Commanders, each of you have Posts that are 100% or above so please concentrate on contacting those Posts who still need members and offer assistance.

Comrades, let's continue contact any continuous members that have not yet renewed for the current year. Keep recruiting New and Reinstating previous members when possible. For all Posts and especially those located near a Military Installation, Reserve or Guard Unit, please be sure you become familiar with the all important revised Military Initiative Program.

Paul T. Moore
State Commander


MILITARY INITIATIVE PROGRAM (MIP) - To stop any rumors or misleading information that might have started, this is to advise each of you that all members recruited under the Military Initiative Program will count toward the award programs at all levels.

ALL STATE TEAM - Judging for the All State Team will be held on May 20, 2000. If you are trying for ALL STATE and are not yet 100% in membership please remember that it is a requirement to be 100% for consideration.


Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than May 30, 2000 to be counted for the month of May. PLEASE NOTE: ANY information to be published in the General Orders must be in by the 25th of each month. Changes of address or phone numbers within the Department must be in writing.


The Department of Virginia, VFW now has a Homepage. Your General Orders can be found on the Homepage at It is now possible for individual Posts, with their own Website, to become linked to our Homepage. Posts already with Website's can incorporate a Department of Virginia, VFW link on their Website. Please contact Robert Klausing at State Headquarters: 1-800-888-3521.


FIRST - 05-07-00, DENBIGH POST 6002, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling,State Surgeon

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

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

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

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

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

SEVENTH - 05-07-00, SHENANDOAH POST 8613, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting after, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Judge Advocate

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

NINTH - 05-07-00, PULASKI POST 1184, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch at Noon, Representative Robert J. Klausing, State Adjutant/Quartermaster

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

ELEVENTH - 05-07-00, HARRISONBURG POST 632, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting after, Representative James E. Tucker, State Junior Vice Commander

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

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

NOTE: All assignments are subject to change.


POST 1033 - Post Commander is Jerry W. Allard, 2800 Schoolhouse Road, Covington 24426, phone 540-559-4144

POST 1033 - Post Senior Vice Commander is Oliver R. Rice, 2300 Evergreen Road, Covington 24426

POST 2216 - Pro-temp Quartermaster is Harry C. Huff, P O Box 2032, Staunton 24402

POST 3060 - Senior Vice Commander Ernest R. Eckard, Jr.'s address changed to 77 Painter Lane, Fishersville 22939

POST 6000 - Quartermaster Frank Trent's address changed to 116 Hawks Road, Narrows 24124

POST 7726 - Post Home address is P O Box 608, 115 Klondike Road, Independence 24348

POST 8613 - Commander Raymond MacLennan's address changed to 3170 Arrowhead Road, Harrisonburg 22801, phone 540-442-8872

POST 10657 - Adjutant Earl J. Smith's address changed to 18386 Landmark Cedar Road, Montpelier 23192

PAST DEPARTMENT COMMANDER - Eugene Wiseman's address is 1750 W Market Street, Harrisonburg 22802


The forms and guidelines for the Homeless Veterans Committee 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.



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.


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 7 - 1150
District 12 - 5715, District
District 13 - 8717, 10295


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


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

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


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


Delegate and Alternate Form


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


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

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


Enclosed is a flyer concerning cancellation stamps at the Loyalty Day Celebration in Petersburg, Virginia, May 6, 2000.

Cancellation Announcement


The deadline for the Community Activities Record Book to State Headquarters is May 18, 2000. Instructions on the contest guidelines and how to prepare a record book were enclosed in February's General Orders.

Contest Guidelines


Enclosed is the criteria for the All State Judging. The deadline for having the Leadership Manual at State Headquarters is May 19, 2000.

All State Criteria


In last month's General Orders there were entry forms for two awards. The deadline is May 19, 2000 for having the following entries to State Headquarters: George E. McCracken Honor Guard/Color Guard Plaque and the George C. Dalby Award.

George C. Dalby Award Form
George E. McCracken Honor Guard/Color Guard Award Form


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

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

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

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

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

John P. McAnaw
Resolutions Chairman


Enclosed is a recommended Resolution by Chairman, National By-Law Committee and Proposed by Commander-in-Chief, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief and Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief.

If this passes on the Convention floor, but fails to pass at the National Convention, it will be a moot point.



If you need Buddy Poppies and/or Supplies for the Memorial Day Sale, please call State Headquarters.

Application Form


(1) Victory Streamer for exceeding previous years' membership by May 31st.
(2) Post citation for exceeding previous years' membership by May 31st.
(3) 100% plus Post Commander and Post Quartermaster pins to Posts exceeding 100% by May 31st.
(4) Distinguished Service Post Commander lapel pin and citation for Commanders of Posts that renew all of their prior year's membership except those who died, transferred or moved away.


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.

National Memorial Day Concert Washington, D.C. May 29

Memorial Day Breakfast/Wreath Laying Arlington National Cemetery May 30

40 th 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

40th 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


The Samuel B. DeVaughan Membership Award is awarded to the Comrade who recruits the most new and/or reinstated members in the 1999-2000 Membership Year, excluding Post Quartermasters. Post Quartermasters are entitled to participate in most phases of the State Membership Campaign and are eligible to earn other individual awards. Deadline to State Headquarters is June 1, 2000.


The W. B. Shafer, Jr. Membership Award will be awarded to the Post making the greatest percentage gain in membership shown by the State Membership Report dated June 1, 2000. The award is made possible by W. B. Shafer, Jr. who is the "Father of the World War I Adjusted Compensation Act."


The W. I. Wooddell Memorial Post Quartermaster Award is awarded annually to the Post Quartermaster who has shown outstanding dedication to his Post and the Department. The recipient is to be selected by a committee headed by the State Quartermaster, and the award will consist of a custom-lettered citation from National Headquarters, plus a check in the amount of $300.00 from the Department.


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

National Outstanding Community Service Post Form


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


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

Reservation form


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.


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

Commander's Luncheon


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


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".


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


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

36. IMPORTANT 2000-2001 DATES:

July 2000 Program materials mailed to Post Commanders and Ladies Auxiliary Presidents based on election and installation reports received at National Headquarters.
Recruit "Welcome to Our Community" for military families teams at least five Posts/Districts in your state.

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

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

Saturday, November 18, 2000 National Family Volunteer Day.

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

April 2001 Participate in March of Dimes WalkAmerica.

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

April 22- 28, 2001 National Volunteer Week.

May 1, 2001 VFW Loyalty Day.
> Department selection due at National for the new VFW Volunteer of the Year.

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


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


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


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.

Housing Information


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


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


I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone for your prayers, cards and phone calls during the past couple of months.

What started out as chest pain was immediately checked as a possible heart condition. The outcome was less than 20% blockage and is being treated with medication.

However, CT Scans showed a growth in my right lung. After two (2) inconclusive biopsies of the tumor, malignancy could not be excluded. The next step was a biopsy of the lymph nodes performed April 13th. Unfortunately, that biopsy did show malignancy in the lymph nodes which rules out surgery.

I see an Oncologist on May 10th to begin treatment.

I'm in no pain. However, I am very hoarse. That is attributed to probable swelling around the vocal cords, a result of the last biopsy.

Again, thank for your concern and I'll take all the prayers I can get.

Luther E. "Andy" Anderson
Past Department Commander


The records of Disciplinary Action, ordered by the Commander of VFW Post 3219 against Zalph H. Andrews, Jr., Life Membership No. 1154244, Post No. 3219, have been received by the Commander-in-Chief. The accused failed to request a hearing; whereupon the Commander entered a sentence of termination of membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. It appearing that no timely appeal has been made it is hereby ordered that the name of, Zalph H. Andrews, Jr., Life Membership No. 1154244 be removed from the rolls of Craigs-McCue Post No. 3219, Phoebus, Virginia, and his Life Membership in the Veterans of Foreign wars of the United States be terminated and his Life Membership fees forfeited.

By order of:
John W. Smart


1 13 13 100.0%
2 9 9 100.0%
3 18 18 100.0%
4 24 24 100.0%
5 14 11 78.6% 873-4637-7443
6 20 20 100.0%
7 14 14 100.0%
8 11 11 100.0%
9 13 13 100.0%
10 12 10 83.3% 8181-9274
11 22 22 100.0%
12 13 9 69.2% 4301-5715-8652-10611
13 14 10 71.4% 2613-8169-8717-10295
TOTAL 197 184 93.4%

Out of 197 Posts I have received 184 reports. This makes the state 93.4% reported.

Michael J. Hoiness
Americanism Chairman


The 2000 Session ended with a $49 billion budget, the highest ever. To us that is the signal that we must be especially vigilant to make sure that the political hype and hoopla do not ignore the true needs of the 750,000 veterans of Virginia, their dependents and survivors, worse still that the allocations for veterans are not subjected to across the board funds cuts. We must make sure that every elected or appointed official is made aware of those needs. Virginia is still light years behind in receiving entitlements authorized by the federal government compared with other states. We can ease the problem somewhat by doing a few things for ourselves.

Go right away if you have not already and get enrolled in the USDVA enrollment program. This program is designed to get every veteran listed with the VA. It also links all offices of the VA and most DOD so they can exchange information, no matter where you were treated at DOS or VA facilities. It costs you nothing. The next step is to collect all your own military and VA records and put them in one place. Next comes making or updating your Will. At a stationery story you can buy a blank form of Will for Virginia. Fill in the blanks. List all the assets you have: Bank Accounts, Loans, Insurances, Pension and Retirement plans. Next list all loans, mortgages, car loan credit cards balances, etc. Maybe while you are at it reduce the number of credit cards, bank accounts, etc. Here is the best rule -- yes not kiss -- keep it simple STUPID. After you have drafted your Will, talk it over with your family and a lawyer who understands Virginia laws. Take to your County Clerk's Office and put it on record. While there, get your Service Discharge or DD214 from on record. No charge. Later if you cannot find your Discharge your family can retrieve it from the Clerk's Office. Next put down in writing your wishes for your burial. A cemetery plot, open or closed casket, Honor Guard (now you can ask for active duty personnel from nearby base), complete with Bugler and firing squad. Persons you feel should be notified, honorary Pall Bearers. These details should be written down by you to save your loved ones the worry in their time of stress and sorrow.

In the meantime the Legislative Committee will continue to work with the bureaucracy to get our second state veteran's cemetery in the Hampton/Newport News area. We have $6.5 million in the 2000 Budget. The full capital construction cost above ground is available from USDVA when Virginia is ready.

We must continue to work hard so that the 19 acres of land at McGuire Medical Center can proceed at the earliest possible date.

HB 184 has been signed into law. This ACT provides for collection of necessary repair and restoration costs to markers, monuments and memorials to veterans. This also includes legal costs.

With other veterans' organizations we obtained $350,000 for National World War Memorial in Washington, D. C.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


I would like to encourage all Posts to conduct an Environmental program yet to do so now.

If the Post Commander and his Environmental Chairman will tour the Post area and talk with local officials and visit their local library they will have a good idea of the conditions. By that I mean they will know what other like-minded groups have done or plan to do to improve your communities. Some suggestions could be: clean up a park, playground, schoolyard or cemetery; establish a drop off point to collect recyclable materials; adopt a section of a stream or highway; remove an ugly eyesore such as obsolete signs or buildings, get consistent; plant a few trees or shrubs, shelter, shade or timer; set out feeding stations and nesting boxes for bluebirds and songbirds; and talk to local Foresters and Nurserymen.

Such a program can be tailored to local Post Funds. These programs require money, manpower, materials and hard work. Get details on Community Activity Reports and sent it to State Headquarters.

Keep VFW applications handy. On work day ask all volunteers to join the VFW if they are eligible. Send completed form to State Headquarters so we can get Commander Paul T. Moore back in the All American Column where we belong.

This need not be a dreary undertaking, in fact consider that these benefits will be remembered for all to enjoy long after your backaches are gone. Virginia will be a better place to live, work, raise our children, visit or retire.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman


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

Each of you can qualify for any of the following individual recruiting awards with some extra effort.

The Post Commander and Quartermaster only need to certify that you have met any of the requirements to be eligible for the award. Awards are checked against department records for verification.

5 new/reinstated members VFW Wooden Pen Set
10 new/reinstated members VFW Pen and Pencil Set
25 new/reinstated members Department Aide-de-Camp Recruiting Award with citation with name engraved & official Cap
50 new/reinstated members National Aide-de-Camp Recruiting Award with citation with name engraved & official Cap
100 new/reinstated members Century Recruiter Award with citation with name engraved, official cap travel bag & pen and pencil
125 new/reinstated members Recruiter Commander-in-Chief Jacket

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

Early R. (Ray) Chappell
Membership Chairman


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

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

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

The wreath and lettering in gold symbolizes honor and excellence.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Van Buskirk, Director
VFW Communications & Public Affairs


We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of All American Past Department Commander Herman R. Fitzgerald who passed away on April 11, 2000. Messages of sympathy may be sent to his wife Louise Fitzgerald in care of the Department of Virginia, VFW, P O Box 2067, Staunton, VA 24401 and also to Awards and Citations Chairman Randolph E. Moon for the loss of a special friend Marjorie Evans.


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

News Release


"If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."

"When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage."

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