Because the American Legion can change its rules. Anybody that served in combat is eligable for the American Legion or VFW.
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Korean War Veterans, Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
VFW-Veterans of Foreign Wars, founded by Spanish-American War of 1898 veterans in 1899. American Legion-founded by WWI veterans in 1919. AMVETS-American Veterans, founded by WWII veterans in 1944. VVA-Vietnam Veterans of America, founded by Vietnam War veterans in 1978.
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The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) has a motto: They'll never turn their back upon a veteran (as the VFW/American Legion/and the rest of the country did to them).
GAR (Grand Army of the Republic); VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars); AM LEGION (American Legion founded by WWI vets); AMVETS (American Veterans founded by WWII Vets); and the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America founded by Viet War vets) are Veteran's groups.
I am among the multiple thousands of Vietnam Veterans living throughout the country. We can be found through local VFW, American Legion, AMVET, or Vietnam Veterans of America organizations, or through Google searches for veterans organizations. Message me if you need to interview a Vietnam vet.
3, the veterans of foreign wars, the American legion, and the disabled American veterans
Of all the US veteran organizations (VFW-founded in 1899 by Spanish-American War veterans/American Legion-founded in 1919 by WWI veterans/American Veterans-founded in 1944 by WWII veterans/Vietnam Veterans of America-founded in 1978 by Vietnam War veterans) the Legion appears to be the most expensive to join. Possibly because it traditionally has had the most high profiled members...such as US Presidents. The VFW is by far the most popular for Hollywood & the common man, because it is the only veteran's group with the word "WAR" in it's title. And nearly all veterans want to be associated with the term, "war veteran."
The "American Legion" was created by WWI veterans in about 1919. The "Veterans of Foreign Wars" (VFW) was created by Spanish-American Veterans of 1898, and is our oldest Veterans group. The "American Veterans" (AMVETS) was created by WWII veterans. Originally, these veteran groups were open to only their own veterans, but as time went by they opened to all "qualified" veterans.
Local VFW, American Legion, AMVETS posts will be an easy local resource for meeting Vietnam War Veterans. Alternatively, I served in the Vietnam War. Contact me with your questions.
The American Legion
The American Legion Essay Contest is an annual event. Guidelines are available at schools and American Legion posts.
Contact the Veterans Administration (VA) or any of the following Veterans Groups: 1. AMVETS (American Veterans-created in 1944 by WW2 veterans) 2. VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars-created in 1899 by Spanish-American War veterans) 3. AMERICAN LEGION (created in 1919 by WW1 veterans) 4. VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America-created in 1979 by Viet War Vets)
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Contact Veterans Affairs or the American Legion.
The "American War Library" might help; or the following Veteran Groups: 1. VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) founded by Spanish-American War veterans in 1899. Our oldest vet organization; the OLDEST veteran organization had been GAR (Grand Army of the Republic, US Civil War Veterans, but it died out when the last Civil War vet passed on the early 1900's). 2. AMERICAN LEGION, founded by WW1 veterans in 1919. 3. AMVETS (American Veterans) founded by WW2 veterans in 1944. 4. VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) founded by Viet War veterans in 1979. In all cases you'll most likely needed a serial/SSN number. The Vietnam War was the LAST US war in which serial numbers were issued to servicemen. Many Vietnam veterans will have TWO numbers; a serial & SSN number, as Vietnam was a transitioning stage for the military.
Get his serial number (last used during the Vietnam War) and check with a veterans organization (AMVETS, VFW, VVA, American Legion, etc).
American Legion, yes.
Unless he can produce a DD-214 (discharge paper), or unless he's a member of some vet organization (VVA, VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, etc.), or unless he has a VA card (Veterans Administration Hospital)...or if the man was killed in Vietnam, he'll most surely be listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
Contact one the following vet groups: 1. AMVETS (American Veterans-founded in 1944 by WW2 vets) 2. VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars-founded in 1899 by Spanish-American War vets) 3. AMERICAN LEGION (Founded in 1919 by WW1 vets) 4. VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America-founded in 1978 by Viet War vets)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship is available to descendants of veterans. The American Legion scholarship is also available to descendants of veterans.
Go to the local VFW or American Legion Post.
Your best bet is to contact one of the veterans organizations. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion can help you with databases and publications to assist you in locating your fellow comrades.