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:
—-—-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

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#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)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see 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, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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