Thursday, January 08, 2004

I had this email forwarded to be by a veteran I am close to.

Dick Forrey of the Vietnam Veterans Association

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 remembrance.
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, I find TARGET is a French-owned corporation.

Now, (I'm thinking again) if TARGET cannot support American Veterans, then why should I and my family support their stores by spending our hard earned American dollars, just to have the profits sent to France. Without the American Vets, where would France be today?

Feel free to pass this along to whomever you want.

Dick Forrey
Veterans helping Veterans

I was truly terified when I read this email, bacuase I would be in A LOT of trouble at home if I told my wife we needed to boycott Target. I am Thankful for this link( Urban Legends Reference Pages: Politics (Target Practice)) on the Urban Legends page.

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