Monday, November 11, 2013

Combat Pole/Poll? and Happy Veterans' Day!

National Guard Bird holding some poles for me
from Wikipedia
Happy Veterans' Day and thank you to all my vet family, friends and their families.

The last poll was the most successful of all.  There were nine votes (I hesitate to say nine people voted because this is Chicago).

Spiders and Other were tied for scariest things with three each.  Maybe it was the unknown factor of "Other" that played in.  Based on comments I think I know what two of the others were.

Tied for second place were The Dentist, Heights and The Dark.  I could make a joke about going to the dentist on Mount Everest at night, but somehow it seems like it would be an old joke.

I want to start a new poll and this being Veterans' Day I wanted to ask on this blog the question I've been asking myself ever since I got back from Afghanistan:  which should I join, the American Legion or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Both are fine organizations that I would feel proud to join and that I would like to support, but I don't want to join both.  If I had to chose one which one?

I think I've been sitting on the fence too long.  The longer I take to

decide the longer both of them don't get my support as a member.

Questions I ask myself about the organizations that are relevant to me, and the answers to which (or your opinions on the answers) you my readers may be able to provide.

Which is more supportive of the BSA?
Which has political views more in line with my own?
Which has nicer hats?
Which is older, has a more proud history?
Which would look better on a resume / help more with networking?
Which would benefit more from my membership?
Who do I know that is in the VFW or the Legion?
Which has more famous members / alumni?

In my town the VFW and Legion meet in the same storefront office.  Most members are the same.

I like that the VFW is for combat vets only, point there.

The Legion gave an award to my eldest daughter a few years ago for a paper she wrote, so they have a point there.

I know that the VFW has it's origins in the the Spanish American War and the Philippine-American War.  That is a strike against it.  I'm not proud of either of those wars.

Please help me decide.

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