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wingman
December 5, 2003, 09:51 AM
Subject: Vietnam Vets and Target
>
> Vietnam Veterans Not Worthy Of Target's Help?
> By Dick Forrey, Vietnam Veterans Association
>
> We asked our local Target store to be a sponsor of the Vietnam
> Veterans'
> Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event. We received back a
> reply from Target management that "veterans do not meet our area of
> giving.
> We only donate to the areas of arts, social actions and education." My
>
> thought: if the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the Vietnam veteran
>
> himself, does not meet the criteria of these areas, something is wrong
> at
> Target. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even
> hundreds,
> but simply sponsorship endorsement for a "memorial remembrance".
>
> As follow-up, I E-mailed the corporate Headquarters and their response
> was
> the same.
>
> Personally, I will NOT be buying anything at Target Stores again. If
> the
> Vietnam Veteran does not meet their area of giving then why should I,
> as a
> Vietnam veteran, spend my hard earned money in their stores?
>
> Please pass this only to as many people as you know. Maybe Target and
> other businesses will get the message.
>

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Greg L
December 5, 2003, 09:58 AM
http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/target.asp

rayjay
December 5, 2003, 12:16 PM
Just sent Target a :cuss: E-mail. I will no longer shop at Target and my wife agreed

DadOfThree
December 5, 2003, 12:29 PM
Read Greg L's link before you boycott.

Andrew Rothman
December 5, 2003, 12:40 PM
For the link impaired, the VFW web site states:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars would like to remind all that the Internet culture weaves rumors and misinformation. Simply put, don't believe everything you read. For example, an e-mail message urging veterans to boycott Target has been circulating on the Internet because a solicitation request to support "The Moving Wall" was denied.

Target has a long-held corporate policy regarding donations. And in all fairness, Target contributes more than $2 million weekly to charitable causes and is one of the corporate sponsors for the 2003 tour of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund's "The Wall That Heals." "The Wall That Heals" is a traveling Vietnam Veterans memorial and museum that has a strong educational component for schools and serves to honor all our veterans.
http://www.vfw.org/news/target.htm

greg700
December 5, 2003, 12:49 PM
I would only boycott target if they contributed to causes that I do not agree with (like handgun control). But why would anyone boycott a store because they refuse to donate money?

MuzzleBlast
December 5, 2003, 01:06 PM
But why would anyone boycott a store because they refuse to donate money? Isn't that like extortion?

Hkmp5sd
December 5, 2003, 03:01 PM
That has been around for a few years. Don't waste your time. The information is not accurate and misreported. This thing just won't die a quiet death.

Lone_Gunman
December 5, 2003, 03:38 PM
It would be nice if people would check their sources a little bit before posting BS on the internet, wouldnt it.

ninjaj448
December 5, 2003, 04:30 PM
There have been instances of 'veterans' soliciting money for various causes that are no more veterans or representatives of such organizations than our most recent past president. One such instance surfaced earlier this week in Southeastern Michigan where a 'marine' was collecting for 'Toys for Tots', which is a valid Marine Corp Reserve endeavor at this time of year. He was confronted by a real Marine when he noticed several errors in the uniform the clone was wearing.

Someone is always scamming this time of year; it pays to check out sources.

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