recently this email was sent to me by a friend in the military. This really upsets me how target stores are treating our troops and our veterans, being a former woman marine myself. Please read and pass on.
by 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
> 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, TARGET is a French-owned corporation.
> Now, I'm thinking again. If TARGET can not support American
> Veterans, then why should I and my family support their stores by
> spending our hard earned American dollars and to have their profits
> sent to France. Without the American Vets, where would France be
> Feel free to pass this along to whomever you want.
> Veterans helping Veterans
Last edit by rn-jane on Dec 5, '03
Dec 5, '03
Sorry. No link.
Don't know about the corporate level, but the local Target is very supportive.
Dec 5, '03
Most major businesses, and even small local ones, have very specific guidelines as far as who they will give donations or sponsorship to, and of the companies I have been in contact with, it seems to be that most of them are in to supporting LOCAL organizations, arts, etc. Now, I'm not saying that it doesn't stink, but it's pretty common.
Dec 5, '03
Yep, this is an urban legend! I'm a military wife and this was sent to me by my military son. I quickly researched it and found it was not true! Do your homework before you slam an organization... much of what gets forwarded is NOT TRUE!!! I say that not to put you down, but I don't want you to have to give up shopping at Target! I wish we had one near... I'd support them!
Dec 5, '03
She is right this is an urban legend. I too have a military family, and my cousin Brian sent me this:
Target Stores Won't Fund Veterans Projects-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor
The message urges not buying anything at Target stores because the company turned down a request for funds for a Vietnam veterans memorial wall. It says that a man named Dick Forrey of the "Vietnam Veterans Association" asked a local Target store for the donation and was told that ve
Dick Forrey is listed as being with Howard County Vietnam Veterans in the state of Indiana. He says that he did have the experiences both with the local Target store and the Target corporate offices as is described in the story.
The Target company is sending a written response to people who inquire about this story that says that Target gives $2 million per week in the communities where stores are located. The Target letter says a veteran approached a local store in March, 2002 for a $100 donation to a "moving wall" project. The response says that any donations by local stores are not in cash but in gift certificates or volunteer time. Cash is given by the corporate office and in response to official requests for grants. The letter says that the veteran who asked for the donation should have been given grant information from the store, but was not. The Target response also says that the company makes donations in three general areas: education, arts and family violence prevention. The company is happy to donate to any veterans causes that would fit within those guidelines. So while it's true that donations would not be given to a veterans project per se, they would be given if the veterans project is within the guidelines.
Dec 6, '03
Whenever you read something too rotten to be true about someone as big as Target, please check it out as Snopes.com. This claim is false and it's a shame that it gets spread around. It's amazing the stories that fly around via emails! I saw this one about 2 months ago on another BB and immediately went to snopes.
Once or twice, I have actually encountered a true story but for the most part, these "can you believe this?!" stories are false.
Dec 8, '03
Speaking of urban legends, has anyone seen that show "MythBusters" - I believe it comes on either Discovery Channel or TLC... it's pretty good.
Dec 8, '03
Just shows you how eager people are to slam big/successful companies. I'm surprised this one hasn't been rewritten to slam Wal-Mart.
Besides, as a company, they can CHOOSE whom they support and whom they don't. If you don't like their choices, tough. Start your own company and support the organizations you want to support.
If you want to give to an organization like Toys for Tots, look them up on the web and contact a local representative and find out where they are (that's what I did). Don't just wait for it to come to you or make it easy/convenient. Amazing how spoiled we can get in this country.
Dec 11, '03
Sounds like this particular hoax email was written to outrage conservatives by identifying Target with "traditional" liberal causes. How silly.
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