Oath of military service vow of support, patriotism

Published 8:41am Wednesday, September 7, 2011

To: Webmaster of VFW 7016

I, (NAME) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

The above oath is the oath that all must swear upon entering the Armed Forces of the United States of America. We as veterans have all sworn it.

I start this letter with that oath to say that I do not understand how any veteran that has served in a war for this great nation and having sworn that oath can attempt to overthrow their commander.

Fellows what is going on at our local VFW Post? The word on the street is that you are attempting to get rid of the Post Commander, and other that the post itself voted into office. Shame on you. You are doing nothing but bringing shame and damage on the VFW and putting a bad name on all veterans. As a veteran, I am ashamed of you. Why don’t you get behind your commander and support him and try to build the VFW in Atmore rather than tear it down?

In the military, if you did not like your commander, you did not attack and turn on him. That dishonorable action would constitute mutiny. What you did was request a transfer to a different unit or wait until that commander left on his own accord. Why don’t you all just come together and support one another and build the VFW up and quit trying to destroy it?

John E Coker, SFC USARNG (Ret.)

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