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MARCH | APRIL 2009
Extra! Extra!, Page 2
• Convention housing opens
• Publications contest deadlines
• National Home Awareness Week
New Jersey Post sponsors
Free Call Day, Page 3
$55,000 donation will allow overseas
troops to call home on Easter.
Soldier rescues puppy
in Iraq, Page 4
Ratchet, a Border collie mix,
finds a new
home in the
VFW resolutions, Page 5
Combat Action Badge for Pentagon
service on 9/11 is one of two.
Ordering Buddy Poppies 90
days in advance, Page 6
To ensure adequate delivery time,
poppies should be ordered well
in advance of Memorial Day.
Post donates $15,000 to police
department, Page 7
SWAT team purchases six
new bullet-proof vests.
Photos from the war zones, Page 8
VFW member rebuilds schools
while serving in Iraq.
wHAT’s INsIDE CHECKPoINT
Women After War
VFW Membership Department
Launches New Web Site
By the end of fiscal year 2007, there were
an estimated 1.74 million female veterans living in the
United States. Through its newest campaign, called She
Serves, VFW’s Membership Department is working to
ensure that all VFW-eligible women vets are aware
they are both welcome and wanted in VFW.
“Past campaigns to recruit female vets haven’t
clearly relayed how
director of Membership.
fixing this is to help
members network. The
vets we are trying to recruit
are younger and more tech-
savvy—they want to know
who you are. Now, while
they’re trying to figure that
out, they can meet current members on
www.JoinSheServes.org who can help guide
According to the latest VA statistics, the median
age of female vets was estimated at 47 in 2007. This
makes them younger, in aggregate, than their male
counterparts, whose median age was 61.
Rather than launch a heavy direct-mail campaign,
VFW’s Membership Department decided to launch
an integrated campaign