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Discussion Starter #1
I am passing this along as received.

Subj: Fwd: Target Stores

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 the arts, social actions, gay and lesbian causes, and education."

My thought: If the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in general, do not meet their donation criteria, something is wrong at Target.

We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, but simply sponsorship of an 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 purchasing anything at Target Stores again. If the Vietnam Veteran or Veterans in general do not
meet their area of giving, then why should I, as a Vietnam veteran, spend my hard earned money in their stores?

Please pass this on to as many people as you know.
Veterans Helping Veterans

PS: Target will also not allow the Marines to collect for "Toys For Tots" during the holidays

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Vietnam vets were trained the the use of weapons well gentlemen Target is a target go get'em! Thats just plain BS.. I was never in a war and currently still in diapers so to speak. BUt my generation does not have any respect. For those of you that did serve thank you for your service... Damn target....I hate target now, I'm with ya Pete

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Being a member of The United States Armed Forces and retired from the US Navy, and connected with the United States Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots program in the past, I looked into this accusation immediately at the website listed above. I found based on official statements by Target Corp that the accusations are unwarranted. However I did e-mail a msg to Target Corp prior to reading the above post and should hear back from Target Corp within 36hrs. as per their policy. I would advise anyone who may be concerned with this matter to read the post above and log on to the website that is shown to read past responses to this. I will let you know if and when I receive a response from Target Corp and what the response is. Lets not jump to conclusions in the meantime. Mike

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Thanks ElkySS for that clarification. I heard (read that same email, minus the French comment a long time ago before Gulf II). I didn't believe it then either. I also am retired military and have never had a problem with them. It was probably started by some disgruntled employee who happened to be a vet.

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Unfortunately, Target has been the victim of a lengthy e-mail smear
campaign initiated by a person who didn't receive a donation that he
requested. Thise-mail campaign grossly misrepresents our support of
veterans. Due to the nature of the Internet and e-mail communication, this
false information has taken on a life of its own and been perpetuated and
modified many times by unknown writers. The National Veterans of Foreign
Wars posted a press release on their Web site on December 6, 2002 to help
clarify this issue and show their support of Target at

Target is owned by Target Corporation, a company based in Minneapolis,
Minnesota since it's founding by George Dayton in 1902. Our company has
supported many charitable causes throughout its history, and that includes
veterans organizations. For years, Target has donated funds and volunteer
hours to local and national veteran and military organizations around the

Charitable Giving Examples:
Target is a contributor to the World War II Memorial and a sponsor of the
national 2003 tour of "The Wall that Heals," a Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Fund outreach initiative that honors our veterans and has a strong
educational component for schools. For more information, please visit the
Web site at http://www.vvmf.org/travelingwall/index.html

In addition to supporting veteran and military organizations on a national
scale, we also support local organizations, some of which include:

Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association in Jackson Heights, New York
Hays County Veterans in San Marcos, Texas
Kenny Nickelson Memorial Foundation for Homeless Veterans in Manhattan
Beach, California
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliaries in Allen Park, Michigan and Santa Fe
Springs, California
Yankee Air Force Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Department of the Army (Fort Hood, Texas)

Reservist Benefits:
Target Corporation is proud to count many veterans and military reservists
among its more than 300,000 team members nationwide. To help support these
team members, Target Corporation provides benefits for activated
reservists, including pay differential, that surpass those benefits
required by law. The Reserve Officers Association has recognized our
company for these benefits. The National Committee for Employer Support of
the Guard and Reserve also lists Target on their Web site at

Giving Policy:
Target gives to diverse causes that reflect all types of guests in a wide
variety of communities. While every cause is worthy, Target receives
thousands of grant requests every year and unfortunately is unable to grant
funds or partner with every organization. For more information that
describes the guidelines and the application process, visit any Target
store and ask for the grants brochure or go to target.com and click on
"Community Giving."
This is the answer that was sent to me when I contacted Target.

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Discussion Starter #11
I didn't know. I wasn't trying to incite any anger against Target well, if it was true but I don't have a lot of time to look or check and I had forgotten about the Urban legends .com site it has been a some years since I've gone there.

Anyway that is the reason for the topic "Do you think this is true?" I got this in E-Mail from an In-Law.

By the way if the made marriage Illegal then,

Only Outlaws would have In-Laws! :p
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