I have left the VFW on Veterans Day

Well, it’s Veterans Day, 2011. This morning I cut my lifetime membership card into quarters. At the ceremony at the local memorial I gave one piece to the Post 6393 Chaplain, one to the Past Commander and one to the Commander; all with very little comment.

I am sick and tired of the VFW’s disrespect for Pagan veterans and those on active duty. I have totally had it with new VFW members being initiated and having the post chaplain point to a King James Bible and tell people that it is the source of all wisdom and the guide to true comradeship. To me that is, at the very least, downright insulting.

Thus, I encourage each and every Pagan who is a member of the VFW or those who are thinking of joining that organization to consider the aims, goals and practices of the organization. Personally, I find it openly insulting but each of you are free to act as you seem best. However my advice is, if you belong, quit and explain why. If you don’t already belong allow them to try to recruit you and, at the last moment, explain why you will not join until and unless they make some very major, very basic changes.

Remember, many of the national officers, board members and staff continue to insist that the VFW is a Christian organization.


About paganveteran

National Coordinator of the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign and current National Commander, Pagan Veterans of the United States of America. Author, writer, poet, speaker and general disturber of the peace.
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