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Posted: 9/24/2001 5:23:42 PM EDT
FYI...... The Army and Navy Union of the United States of America, founded in 1886, is the oldest veterans' organization in America. [url]http://www.armynavy.net/[/url] It is the only American veterans organization in which membership is not limited to any specificform, date, branch, place or nature of the military service rendered, nor is membership restricted by considerations of racial origin or religious creed. ALL and ANY men or woman who have ever served honorably in the armed forces of the United States, or who are still serving honorably in uniform, are eligible to membership, provided they obligate themselves, TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY IN PEACE AS WELL AS WAR.
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Link Posted: 9/24/2001 5:57:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul: Never heard of it until today. Over 20 years of (very) active duty service USN.
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Me either. My brother also retired from the USN and he just read about it today in Military Magazine. I was in the Army and never heard of it until he told me about it.
Link Posted: 9/24/2001 5:57:11 PM EDT
Doesn't the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) pre-date this org? Is the GAR still around at all, at least for cemetery upkeep and the like?
Link Posted: 9/24/2001 6:09:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 95thFoot: Doesn't the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) pre-date this org? Is the GAR still around at all, at least for cemetery upkeep and the like?
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From their web page: ORIGIN At the time it was founded, this organization filled a vital need, the need for a coordinated, united effort by all veterans to aid the soldiers and sailors coming home from the wars to readjust themselves to civilian life. It still fills that need.....and many more. One of the first recorded Service organizations came into being as far back as 1841, "to alleviate suffering and need among returned soldiers and sailors." Later veterans' organizations of every kind and description were formed in various communities, none having connection with any of the others. During this period were born "The General Society of the War of 1812," " The Grand Army of the Republic," 'The Order of Indian Wars," and others, all with the same general purpose. However, they linited their membership, each to a certain group, and excluded all others. In this process, a very large number of ex-servicemen were left unable to join any of them and enjoy their benefits. In 1886, men of vision realized that these exclusive organizations would become extinct at the death of their members, and that their work in behalf of Veterans and for the good of the Nation would then come to an end. They advanced the idea of a PERMANENT National Organization for ALL Veterans. Under the leadership of Peter Lacher, Louis Renkert and George Russell Downs, they founded an organization open to ALL who had served honorably in the armed forces or who were still in uniform to "Promote loyalty to the country, assemble comrades in order to perpetuate a spirit of fraternity, present social affairs, and befriend ex-servicemen and woman who might need help in securing employment, in caring for the sick, and in burying their dead. This organization is known as: "The Army & Navy Union U.S.A."
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