Veterans of Foreign Wars

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Veterans of Foreign Wars

Officers

The 2010 - 2011 Post 1679 Officers for the VFW are:[1]

Post 1679 Officers

Auxiliary Officers

Political Action Committee

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According to Federal Law, VFW cannot legally endorse candidates. To overcome the legal challenges of influencing on Capitol Hill, the organization established a Political Action Committee in 1979 — "a separate, nonpartisan organization charged with the single task of working in Congress to support candidates who share key views about veterans' issues." The PAC is funded through donations of concerned VFW and Ladies Auxiliary VFW members.[2][3]

2010 Endorsements

As at September 24, 2010, the Committee had endorsed the following candidates for office (197 are Democrats, 159 are Republicans):[4]

Anger over 2010 Endorsements

In an open letter to VFW members dated October 12, 2010, Richard L. Eubank, Commander-in-Chief; Richard L. DeNoyer, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief; and John E. Hamilton, Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief, address the issue of the 2010 Endorsements of the PAC. They state:[5]

"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."
"Our recent endorsement process unintentionally provided favoritism to the incumbents. It is now evident it was unfairly skewed and actually subverted that process... 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."

Board of Directors

2010

As at Spring 2010, the following served on the board:[6]

2009

As at Spring 2009, the following served on the board:[7]

2008

As at Spring 2008, the following served on the board:[8]

2008-2009 State Chairpersons

The following served as chairpersons for the State branches of the VFW PAC:[9]

References