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Letter from VFW Commander
October 12, 2010 | VFW Commander

Posted on 10/16/2010 4:15:22 AM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver

October 12, 2010

Comrades,

The angry tone and tenor of the telephone calls and messages being received at national headquarters make it clear that many of our members are not cognizant of the fact that VFW National By-Laws clearly stipulate that the VFW Commander-in-Chief is not authorized to direct or otherwise attempt to introduce his control over the VFW PAC. Furthermore, no membership dues or donations made to the VFW or VFW Foundation are used for the VFW PAC.

As you know, the recent endorsements by the PAC are the subject of much controversy. Unfortunately, many questions have been raised regarding VFW’s involvement in the endorsement process and the integrity of the organization as a whole. Regrettably, many of our members and supporters are disappointed and have misdirected their anger toward the VFW as having lost its purpose.

Comrades, we cannot sit idly by while a great organization is being disparaged and maligned, even unintentionally. It is vitally important that you take a direct role in alleviating this current flood of criticism by reminding members and supporters that:

-- The VFW PAC was created by the VFW members and not by VFW national leaders. 2/3 of the delegates of the 80th VFW National Convention (1979) voted to establish PAC as a standing committee.

-- VFW By-Laws stipulate that VFW leadership does not direct PAC activities and that the VFW convention is the governing body of the organization. As such, it is only the delegates at the convention that can determine the continuation of the PAC.

-- Encourage VFW members to get involved in their VFW Posts and to exercise and further direct their concerns to convention delegates so that there can be an informed debate on the existence of the PAC.

That is a future process. But, as indicated, we also have an immediate necessity on the recent PAC endorsements. VFW’s values and guiding principles aren’t grounded in a desire to participate in partisan policies in political activities. As veterans of foreign wars, we gave substantially more of ourselves than most to ensure the viability and the integrity of our great democratic process. However, our recent endorsement process unintentionally provided favoritism to the incumbents. It is now evident it was unfairly skewed and actually subverted that process.

As determined in the VFW By-Laws, as the national officers, we have specific responsibilities to take definitive action when events can have a detrimental impact on the organization. It is clear to us that the current situation now demands direct action; therefore, we are requesting the chairman and the directors of the Political Action Committee immediately rescind their endorsement actions.

We also want to stress this request means no endorsement for any Congressional candidate.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Reference; Society
KEYWORDS: vfw

1 posted on 10/16/2010 4:15:25 AM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

“Not our fault! Please stop yelling at us!”


2 posted on 10/16/2010 4:20:34 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

I know nothing! I see nothing!
3 posted on 10/16/2010 4:29:11 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
We also want to stress this request means no endorsement for any Congressional candidate.

Of course this weasly little bit was tacked on at the end---if I were a member of VFW, I'd be even more pissed off.

4 posted on 10/16/2010 4:31:39 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Well, if I’m reading it correctly, it ISN’T their fault. It’s the fault of idiot PAC delegates.

And only the membership can dissolve the PAC. The members better get on it.

Again, that’s if I’m reading it right.


5 posted on 10/16/2010 4:35:02 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

Somebody should have seen this coming at the Convention where the PAC was formed.

It was a bad idea.


6 posted on 10/16/2010 4:42:55 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Larry Lucido
You are reading it right---the VFW National leadership has no control over the VFW PAC, which is a big organizational headache since VFW is clearly lending its name to the PAC and expects its members to somehow understand the distinction.

The decision to endorse NO congressional candidates is just cowardly though.

7 posted on 10/16/2010 4:43:43 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The VFW national pooh-bah ought to publish his communication to the PAC. At least he reads the by-laws. This is the problem with PACs - the parent org cannot (and must not) control them.


8 posted on 10/16/2010 4:44:28 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Yes, that sounds like the weasle-way out.


9 posted on 10/16/2010 4:47:07 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

I have been donating to the VFW for years. I have sent my future VFW donations to Gunny Popaditch and LTC West.

I will never EVER donate to the vfw again, and I will be sure to let them know.

I am pi**ed.


10 posted on 10/16/2010 4:56:33 AM PDT by the crow (If I don't have a right to play defense, then I'll go on offense. - Enterprise)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver
Dear Commander,

You (or your predecessors) appointed the directors. Their actions reflect directly upon you. (VFW-PAC Bylaws, Article V).

Your Council of Administration can amend the Bylaws of the PAC and nothing says that has to wait for a Congress. (VFW-PAC Bylaws, Article XII). In recognizing a selection process seriously flawed, it is incumbent upon the Council of Administration to amend VFW-PAC Bylaw Article X, "Distribution of Funds" and restore some sanity to the process.

That is not to say that the VFW is to pick specific candidates but rather to recognize that the current board is using a process that does not work and is blind to its problems. If the criteria doesn't work and the criteria is in the Bylaws, make it work.

The PAC put the ball back in your court. What are you going to do?

11 posted on 10/16/2010 5:44:48 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("It's amazing, A man who has such large ears could be so tone deaf" Rush Limbaugh 9/8/10)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

I support the troops, and I honor the veterans.
But when the VFW endorsed my radical leftist rat Congresswoman against a solid conservative candidate, it says a lot about the organization. It’s about benefits and getting money from the government.


12 posted on 10/16/2010 5:51:58 AM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

YELL LOUDER! If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the fire...stick to Veterans issues not politics...what about the NO COLA raises for Military retirees last year, and since SS isn’t getting a COLA raise this year, neither will retired Military get a COLA raise..they are tied to each other.


13 posted on 10/16/2010 5:59:25 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver
Back in the early 70s, I was inquiring about membership over a few beers at the local VFW, and was (indirectly) told I had to have fought in a real war.
F the VFW.
14 posted on 10/16/2010 6:10:20 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

Closing the barn door after the horse got out. Harry Reid milked this for all it was worth in his debate with Sharron Angle. You can’t unring a bell.


15 posted on 10/16/2010 6:14:26 AM PDT by kabar
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To: RVN Airplane Driver
I have a real simple solution. That is if the National Commander of the VFW really wants to solve this issue and surrender the political power the VFW currently enjoys.

Disown the VFW-PAC.

If the VFW-PAC is not responsible to the members of the VFW then go to court and force the group to remove VFW from their title. File the paperwork Tuesday and announce it on national adds on Wednesday.

But, then how could the VFW bribe, through the use of its endorsements (via the VFW-PAC), national figures to attend their annual conventions? Question, National Commander of the VFW, how important are these headliners to the organization? I have seen very little indication that they actually listen to us any more. Oh, it “saves” us from being ignored. Okay, and?

16 posted on 10/16/2010 6:48:43 AM PDT by Nip (A COIN carrier since 1975.)
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