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May 14, 2005

D-oh! (sound of hand slapping head)

In my post below (Aw Shucks, Ma'am) in which I talk about Service Clubs and Chuck Simmins pointed out that as a Rotarian, Hamas thinks I'm a *Bad Man* (you Lions, too) and a member of the Zionist Conspiracy... I completely left out another avenue of service: the Veteran's Organizations, which also do Good Things. Mr. Jewell corrected my mistake:

And lets not forget about the Veterans Service Organizations like the American Legion and the VFW We're a whole lot more than a place to get a cheap beer, tell war stories, and bellyache about the VA Budget. Volunteer oportunities abound, and you do get to occasionally handle firearms, though they may contain blanks.

That last bit is a clear recommendation to the Armorer - that and the fact that the VFW kicked my disability paperwork loose from the VA after *two* years, and that it was via the American Legion I met a soldier who had two stars on his Combat Infantryman's badge...

Some other Veteran's Organizations to note (one of which I really should support more, the DAV):

Disabled American Veterans
Military Order of the World Wars
Military Order of the Purple Heart
AMVETS

I was going to list more - but the more I looked, the more I found - so instead, I'll link to the Veteran's Service Organization page of the VA website - which lists all the VSO's chartered to assist veterans with the VA. However - if you know of organizations that are Veteran-oriented but not listed, please, feel free to add to the list.

And yes, I know that some of the organizations listed aren't always that supportive of the military, per se. But they exist, and do provide help to veterans when dealing with the VA, so, there ya have it. And, as we have noted here, vets can be a diverse lot.