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GUNS SHOULD GO HOT ON THIS - - -
I was really shocked when I found out
that the following statement was made when TARGET regional/local
managers were approached to support US VETERANS. I am not really sure
what can be done; however, without a change of policy from the TARGET
CORPORATION, I REFUSE TO SHOP THERE ANY MORE. And, I will discourage
anyone else from shopping there.
I was informed of this E-Mail by an Army LTC, and a Navy MASTER-CHIEF
[RETIRED - Viet Nam river boat VET] If the E-mail below is in error,
please let me know. Both of these Veterans I consider extremely
Vietnam Veterans Not Worthy Of Target's Help?
By Dick Forrey, Vietnam Veterans
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
Please pass this only to as many people as you know.
Maybe Target and other businesses will
get the message.
Version # 2
Recently we asked the local TARGET
store to be a proud sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during
our spring recognition event.
We received the following reply from
the local TARGET management:
"Veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the arts,
social action groups, gay &lesbian causes, and education."
So I'm thinking, if the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in
general do not meet their donation criteria, then something is really
wrong at this TARGET store. We were not asking for thousands of
dollars,not even hundreds, just a small sponsorship for a memorial
As a follow-up, I e-mailed the TARGET
U.S. corporate headquarters and their response was the same. That's
their national policy.
Then I looked into the company
further. They will not allow the Marines to collect for 'Toys for Tots'
at any of their stores. And during the recent Iraq deployment, they
would not allow families of employees who were called up for active duty
to continue their insurance coverage while they were on military
service. Then as I dig further, TARGET is a French-owned Corporation.
Now, I'm thinking again. If TARGET can
not support American Veterans, then why should I and my family support
their stores by spending our hard earned American dollars and to have
their profits sent to France. Without the American Vets, where would
France be today?
Feel free to pass this along to
whomever you want