Guest Post — May 15, 2013
Note from Dan: This came in Sunday night. The story is long, but very well told. If you care about veterans, you’ll care about this.
By John Moyer, VFW Life Member
Past Post Commander (Post 6949)
Past Post Quartermaster (6949, 7854)
Past Post Adjutant (6949, 7854)
The slogan, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” appears on correspondence sent from the National Headquarters of The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States located in Kansas City, Mo. As a member, I never had reason to question the saying until recently, when a fellow veteran was cut loose.
On January 29, 2013, after nearly 40 years of service to the VFW, Connie Wood’s Life Membership was terminated. Despite a lengthy appeal process, which included a petition of support bearing hundreds of signatures, it was over. With the passage of time, I can almost understand why the higher ups went by the book and not the heart, but it hasn’t eased the bitterness I currently have for the organization, or the pain of seeing a really decent man put down. I keep thinking that perhaps if Connie had really been known, had been more than a name or number to the higher ups, things would have ended differently.
Connie, a self-proclaimed “country boy,” was born May 8, 1935 in his parents’ home located near Spencer in southwest Virginia. Being raised during the depths of the Great Depression, in rural America, meant hard work and tough times would be inescapable. Connie, who would become the standard bearer for his six brothers and three sisters that followed, would learn well how to face the cards dealt to him along the way, at least most of them. Read more »