How to Address a VFW Official

How to Address an Official at a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post?

When writing a letter to a Senior Vice Commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, how do I address the envelope? Is it Commander (Name), Senior Vice Commander (Name), or Mr. (Name)?
—————-– MKH How to Address a VFW Official

Dear MKH,

Senior Vice Commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post is not a rank . It is an (office) or a (role) at a a VFW Post (paramilitary organization). Other ranks include:
—-Post Commander
—-Senior Vice Commander
—-Junior Vice Commander
—-Quartermaster
—-Chaplain
—-Judge Advocate
—-Post Surgeon
—-Trustee How to Address a VFW Official

At the Post it’s likely people will address the holder of one of the offices as (VFW Role)+(Surname) Commander (Surname) –– or refer to him as Senior Vice Commander (Name)  – but formally to outsiders like me he is:

—-Official envelope or address block on letter or email:
—-—-Dr./Mr./Ms. (Full Name)
—-—-(Office Held)
—-—-(Location)
—-—-(Address)

—-Salutation:
—-—-Dr./Mr./Ms. (Surname)

If you are a part of the VFW and are writing to a commander in the context of his or her responsibilities at the Post – it would be correct to use his office before his name in a salutation:

—-Salutation:
—-—-Dear Senior Vice Commander (Surname),

– Robert Hickey How to Address a VFW Official

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"