3rd Vice Commander
Proof of Service
I know I’ve discussed this subject in the past, but I feel it is very important that we all understand just how much this affects our overall new member numbers. At some posts proof of service means one and only one thing – DD form 214. I truly understand your feelings on this but now, especially since the passing of the “Legion Act”, there are many forms of “proof of service” that more than qualify folks to become members of our organization.
Recently a gentleman came into a post and was asked for a DD214 to join. He went into his wallet and showed the adjutant his military retirement ID card, but he refused to accept it and asked him to return later with his DD214. Odds are this guy may not come back. I know this sounds trivial, but I believe it is not. I encourage all posts to review your current policies and initiate changes, as necessary. As always, if you need assistance please don’t hesitate to give me a call.