VFW dissolves VFW-PAC

Earlier we reported on the outrage among Veterans of Foreign Wars members (and milbloggers) about the bizarre endorsements made by VFW’s political action committee — which included such well-known “supporters” of our troops as Barbara Boxer, “Baghdad” Jim McDermott, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Alan Grayson,…

Looks like the VFW leadership took matters into their own hands.

It is now evident to most of the VFW leadership, both National and especially the departments, that the VFW has been subjected to extreme negative publicity throughout the nation, and the recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFW’ s reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission.

I cannot let this erosion of public support for our great organization continue. The apparent lack of the committee to address these concerns will lead to a proposal by me, as Commander-in-Chief, to amend the by-laws at the 112th National Convention for the purpose of dissolving the PAC. Meanwhile, under the authority granted to me as Commander-in-Chief in section 619 of the VFW National By-Laws and under section 620 of the Manual of Procedure, I am withdrawing all PAC appointments effective October 15, 2010.

Let’s chalk up one little victory for common sense.

Are the VFW endorsing anti-military candidates?!

This is so insane as well as counterintuitive on every level that I just have to pull myself away from overwhelming meatspace stuff to blog about it.

Blackfive reports that VFW-PAC, the political action committee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has decided not only to endorse Lt.Col. Allen West’s opponent, but to endorse the following list of “friends” of the military (all of them Deemocrats):

Barbara Boxer, Alcee Hastings, Barbara Lee, Steny Hoyer, Barbara Mikulsky, Chris VanHollen, John Dingell, Chuckie Schumer, Pat Leahy and Patty Murray

Barbara Boxer — Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?! Patty Murray — Whiskey Tango Echo Foxtrot?! Barbara Lee (D-LSD)?!? (Head explodes.) My father-in-law (z”l), who was very active in VFW, must be spinning in his grave.

The full list (via the Blackfive comments) is even more insane, if that were possible. Alan Grayson?! Jim McDermott?!?

I am asking all of you to join me in contacting the VFW to protest this development; supporting a non-vet over LTC West was the last straw.

Call the VFW at 1-202-544-5868.  Email them at: vfwpac@vfw.org.

Oh yeah, and before I forget- Remember when Obama wanted to charge wounded troops for medical care?  VFW supported him on that, too.  READ IT HERE.

VFW- we are done here.  Fix it, or be gone as a veterans organization.

As it turns out, the VFW-PAC itself is at odds with the national leadership. To wit, this VFW press release:

VFW Leadership at Odds with VFW-PAC

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 8, 2010 – The national line officers of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are at odds with the VFW Political Action Committee (PAC), calling the methodology process used by the PAC “seriously flawed at best this year and in immediate need of extensive review,” in the wake of the recent congressional endorsements made by the committee.

“Even though the law requires that VFW-PAC be a separate organization, the acronym ‘VFW’ is attached to the committee and the natural assumption is that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is somehow making the endorsement decisions. Nothing could be further from the truth, but perception is reality,” said National Commander Richard Eubank.

“Obviously, an organization’s political positions have to reflect the opinions of its members. But those opinions can’t be perceived as ‘off the wall,’ and the methodology used this year to grade candidates obviously is skewed in favor of the incumbent. That isn’t fair, and it actually subverts the democratic process.”

Because of the controversy surrounding the endorsements, VFW line officers have decided to bring the question of continued existence of the PAC to the floor during the 112th VFW national convention in August.

Richard L. Eubank
National Commander

Richard L. DeNoyer
Sr. Vice Commander

John E. Hamilton
Jr. Vice Commander

UPDATE 10/12/2010:

Blackfive’s “Mr. Wolf” is not impressed. More here (via C2).