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When I was banned, I was given a letter, no mention of the reason for the ban, but said I could attend the meetings, of which I have no desire to do so being the treatment I received there last year when I was in good standing for 6 years prior and attending every meeting and volunteered my time.
As I recall, a Member in Good Standing (Owes no debts) can NOT be banned or restricted from Post Meetings.  But he can only speak IF recognized by the Comdr. I'm RVing and do not have my VFW By-Laws book with me to quote the section and paragraph.
Can someone help me out with this???
Well when I had the meeting with District Commander, Post Commander on the issues they also had a mediator, (Former State Commander), and of course he told them the bar tenders did not have to serve me and it takes a majority vote to ban someone, (which they did get the majority vote, I was outvoted by 2), but 3 of those members that voted agaisnt me can not/have not provided their DD214's to show their eligibility. 2 of the hold seats!

One of them claim's Viet Nam veteran, but in 1975, he was only 17, and joined the Army and claimed he was sent to Viet Nam. My understanding is Viet Nam last troop pull out was April 1975. So how can this guy join later than April 1975, and get deployed to Viet Nam?

I brought up the fact, (prior to my banning), questioning certain individuals are were made VFW General Members when not even vetted, just to gain memberships.

All this I wrote all the way to National Commander because the chain was not working.

When I was banned, I was given a letter, no mention of the reason for the ban, but said I could attend the meetings, of which I have no desire to do so being the treatment I received there last year when I was in good standing for 6 years prior and attending every meeting and volunteered my time.
Don't feel like a virgin.  Been there, done that but I had better results. 

You have to use the National By-Laws to the letter when dealing with a corrupt VFW leadership or they will use it against you. It is for that reason members need to know the Nat'l By-Laws and Ritual, along with their Dept, District, Council and Post By-Laws and Demeters. (If it is not covered in the By-Laws, Demeters rules).
First off VFW Nat'l By-Laws direct and explain the proper procedures to ban a person. Unless you received banning from Department or National, there is a possibility it was illegal.

I was Post QM and I reported to District Cmdr illegal gambling, violation of ABC & IRS laws, violation of VFW Ritual (Meetings), among other things.  After 9 months, Dist Cmdr reported to Dept who sent Inspector to meeting who reported it was a 3 ring circus. Then Dist appointed 5 Past Dist Cmdrs to investigate charges and do interviews.  Resulting in Post being put on suspension for 3 months and under control of the Dist Investigators.  Results were Post Cmdr and elected officers not allowed to hold VFW positions for 3 years. None were ever removed from office allowing Cmdr to get Past Cmdrs cap. 
I transferred to another Post 14 miles away to allow them to lick their wounds but attended their Post Meetings to be visible. Later I was elected as Cmdr of County Council and Cmdr of my own Post.  The click of my old corrupt post banned me from their club (Cantine) but they could not stop me from attending their Post meetings (VFW By-Laws).
Sorry to hear that things are not working out at your post.  I understand that all it takes is a letter to National HQ and request your Life Member fees returned.  I think , though, that they will be prorated so some extent.
WOW! Almost a year of waiting to get accepted into the forum, no wonder the VFW can not get many new members. Don't get me wrong, I finally got my VFW Life Membership back in April 2016, (after paying for annual membership for 6 years prior), and then not long after I was having some issues with members at my VFW, (I was a member of for 6 years without me having any issues or causing issues), and I came here looking for some sort of guidance because Post Commander, District Commander, and State Commander wasn't doing crap about the issues which in turn I got wrongfully banned for 3 years from my VFW Post for no reason that I caused, other than me bringing up to the House Committee about the drugs being smoked outside the patio area right outside both door entrances, (because smoking cigarettes is not permitting inside), selling and buying of drugs on VFW premises, bartenders and members commenting loud enough for other Auxiliary Members that were directed to, (who are married of mixed race, (African American and Hispanic, BOTH Military Veterans),  and the other members and bartender stating, "We don't need those kind in here"! Also the Motorcycle Group Chairman refuses to do any benefits for Veterans, Post Commander doesn't do anything about it, all the MG does is hold monthly meetings and DO NOT support any Veteran Functions! I wasn't the only one who came forward, but, guess there is no need to discuss it here because it will probably be another friggen year before someone even responds! I guess the next step is seek legal counsel to get my Life Membership fees back!
General VFW Topics / Burial in a National Cemetery
« Last post by IJK3770 on April 06, 2017, 08:25:21 am »
Follow this link to learn about burial in a National VA Cemetery.  There have been some recent changes that will allow for pre-planning.
General VFW Topics / Re: Membership directory
« Last post by DoggyDaddy on March 15, 2017, 02:37:44 pm »
My college is doing the same soliciting to group/identify graduation classes in a directory. 
A fund raiser is all it is.
General VFW Topics / Re: Membership directory
« Last post by ZAP44 on March 13, 2017, 04:41:09 pm »
American Legion Dept of Maine is doing the same thing with the same outfit  I got a mailing, made the mistake of replying thinking project was to document veterans then started getting phone calls looking to sell me a book.  It's a money making scheme period...with publishing concepts making most of the money.  And I agree with you.  This kind of data collection could end up being used for illegal purposes.
General VFW Topics / Membership directory
« Last post by iamholm on March 11, 2017, 12:12:04 pm »
Need your opinions. State has partnered with a private company to create a membership directory (hardbound and over $100 per edition if you decide to order it). I have received post cards and emails informing me that an "important member verification" is due and it provides a number to this organization. Each communication is signed by our state Adjutant/Quartermaster. They have put up a FAQ page on the state website ( if you would like to take a look at what is being said about this initiative.

I am posting in this forum because I need a sanity check on my reaction to this initiative. Perhaps this is something posts, districts, states, and perhaps even national have done in the past? I called the number and talked to the representative and did opt out, but why is my information being bandied about and perhaps sold?  The solicitations have just enough importance given to their wording and look to make them appear to be a requirement for membership in the VFW and that concerns me greatly - especially in this day and age.

What if I had thrown away the post card/ignored the e-mails? Would my personal information be printed in a book I could have easily dismissed as junk mail? How many members are contacted for personal information and end up the  victims of identity theft? (I'm not implying this company or the VFW are responsible, but scams are becoming ubiquitous.) If anyone can order these directories, what kind of control is placed on how the data will be used (the answer to that is you cannot control it)? Please provide me some feedback on this initiative!
Open Forum / Re: you're not paranoid if they really are out to get you
« Last post by shapeshifter on March 10, 2017, 09:46:14 pm »
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
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