membership challenge

Discussion in 'Veterans of Foreign Wars' started by joeblowj0, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. joeblowj0

    joeblowj0 New Member

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    When a member of a VFW Post is challenged, I think he or she should get a certified copy of their discharge as proof of their eligibility. Here in Thibodaux, Louisiana, they are excepting Fax Copies of a DD 214. I can go on this computer and change any DD 214 to read anything I want so a person can get into the VFW, copy this document and mail it in. It will be excepted. Here is the catch, If a veteran uses a certified copy from the Military Personnel Record Department with their seal, this is a legal document. What I am saying is the VFW should change it's By-Laws to read a certified copy of a discharge will only be excepted to join the VFW. I am a life time member of the VFW. I personally had one member put out of our post, because his DD 214 showed he was not eligible to join. Friends got him in. There is another person elected to Post Commander without any paper work. He said he was transferred from another post. He was excepted on his word. I am a Vietnam War Veteran who saw Combat, and I do not think it is Right for a Wanna Be to have the same privileges as I have. The VFW means Veteran of Foreign Wars. Should he or she not have the correct paper work, the hell with membership quotas. They should not be allowed to join. There are other Great Veteran Organizations out there that according to their By-Laws, they can join. Thank you for reading my complaint on this system.
  2. Nam Vet 70-71

    Nam Vet 70-71 New Member

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    I happen to agree with you. We recently went though a situation where a vet was voted in who was truly not qualified in our post to become a VFW member (IMO) but he was a really 'good-ol-boy' and his DD-214 was somewhat vague on his qualifications and were as a result somewhat overlooked. We were told they were a bit grayish and we were supposed to help our fellow veterans.

    This incident has really come back to haunt our membership shortly afterwards as it has really roiled ill and hard feelings among many of our combat veterans in our membership when more details came out after-wards on his qualifications or the apparent lack thereof. This incident has really splintered our post and led to some rather rancorous squabbling and a general sense of mis-trust of some our top officers (mostly blue-water vets with no combat service to their credit and naturally this particular individual was one himself). I'm hoping with the change of some our top positions and some of their co-horts we can revisit this issue next year or at some other point in the future.

    This IMHO was just a plain old case of out and out 'cronyism'.
  3. joeblowj0

    joeblowj0 New Member

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    the Nam 70-71

    I was in Nam from June 1970 to May 1971. I was stationed in Dian, near Long Binh for 8 Months and then I was sent to Khe Sanh for the Dewey Cannon II Operation.
    I came back down to Quang Tri, and then DaNang, on my way back to the states. What was your tour ?
  4. knewheart

    knewheart Active Member

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    Joe
    I was stationed in Quang Tri City with MACCORDS Advisory Team 19, Jul 69-Jul 70.
    Tom
  5. Nam Vet 70-71

    Nam Vet 70-71 New Member

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    I was in the Nam from July 1970 thru latter November 1971. Initially I was stationed near the Gulf in the third I-Corp region for about two weeks. After that we were stationed in and around the Iron Triangle for the remainder of my tour. Our big guns were at both Cu Chi and then at Tay Ninh and we worked the Triangle, from Cu Chi to Tay Ninh to the border searching out and destroying caches of any kind we could find and the troops transporting or securing them.

    We had three companies (90) of Rome Plows (D9's and D10 Cats) that we escorted into these jungle areas to doze the caches and the jungle to reduce Charleys ability to hide and store lagre munition and food caches. We also often set up along the Ho Chi Minh trail after it entered into the South. I was the forward observer for a mounted mechanized infantry unit. I managed to stay quite busy in that capacity.
  6. Bertf

    Bertf New Member

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    It is important to be absolutely scrupulous when checking a DD214. Nothing will cause dissension quicker than the belief that a member is not qualified. In another American Legion post they accepted a guy who filled out a newspaper ad he and they didn't find out that he washed out of Basic until he was put up for a vice-commander position and they finally checked his DD214.

    The worst rule in the VFW is citizenship. I have friends in Canada that came down and fought for the USA in the Marines in Vietnam and they have been refused membership because they are not citizens. That truly sucks. An honorable tour overseas should be sufficient regardless of your citizenship.
  7. Miguel Dominic

    Miguel Dominic New Member

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    I have a question on this issue

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