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In a letter obtained by CRJ dated May 19, 2020, Castle Rock Town Councilmen and Douglas County Commissioner Candidate, George Teal has had his membership to the VWF (Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S) revoked.

The letter cites his membership was terminated due to ineligibility.

The State Commander of the VWF, David Stone, asked that VFW Membership be removed from George Teal’s bio on the Town of Castle Rock website.

‘I am also concerned that his characterization of service as “a veteran of Operation Desert Storm” is a misrepresentation of his actual service which was in Germany during Operation Desert Storm,’ added Stone.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard, and reserve forces. … Today, membership stands at more than 1.6 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. My son served in the Desert Storm Action but served in Military Intelligence in Munich,
    Germany. He worked 16 hours a day does this mean he’s not eligible to join the VFW. If so a lot of people like him who worked in support areas are not eligible?

    • There are three qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our By-Laws. An individual must meet all three in order to become a member. They are as follows:
      1: Citizenship – must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National.
      2: Honorable Service – must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and either received a discharge of Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) or be currently
      serving.
      3: Service in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters*. This can be proven by any of the following:
      – An authorized campaign medal (see a full list of qualifying medals and badges)
      – Receipt of Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay (verified by a military pay statement)
      – Service in Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days
      *This information is usually available through a veteran’s DD-214. If other information is needed or if a veteran’s DD-214 is not complete, they can contact the National Personnel Records Center online or at 314-801-0800 to request more information.

  2. This is a perfect example of how POLITICS can destroy long term relationships… even among a Band of Brothers. I served in a USAR Basic Combat Training Unit from 1967 to 1972 in the middle of the Vietnam War, Because I never left the United States I have never said that I was a “Vietnam Vet”., However, in 1993 (long after I completed my tour of duty) I became a “Vietnam Era” Veteran, > § 307.101 Definitions.
    In this part,
    (a) The term veteran has the meaning
    given in section 4211 (2)(A), (3) and (4)
    of title 38, United States Code, as follows:
    (1) Veteran of the Vietnam era means
    an eligible veteran any part of whose
    active military, naval, or air service
    was during the Vietnam era.
    What you are doing right now is an insult to all of those who have served .. You carry a “False Flag” of ego and shame.

  3. I called Mr. Teal and asked him to remove the part on his BIO where it is stating he is a “Operation Desert Storm Veteran” as it is wrong. As I told him he would have to have been in the war zone to be a “Operation Desert Storm Veteran”. As he was not there during the time of Operation Desert Storm ( January 16th to April 11th 1991) he is steeling the valor of real war veterans.
    Being that he was in Germany he is like every other person that was in the service that never entered the war zone and that is an ERA veteran.

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