For the past several years, but especially over the past 2 years, the SCV has had countless correspondence "lost" through the U. S. Postal Service, specifically, but not limited to, our magazine. The headquarters has filed reports with the USPS, as well as hundreds of our members, and we've placed numerous notifications in our magazine addressing this issue. This has become almost epidemic with magazines damaged beyond recognition or members not receiving magazines for years. Over the past 6 months, the SCV has sent out boxes of magazines to whole camps whose members haven't received their magazines. Headquarters routinely sends members replacement magazines and this is a substantial cost to the organization. Over the past year, we have made modifications to the dust cover of the magazine and this has made a moderate improvement for some members. However, over the past two editions of the Confederate Veteran, a significant amount of members are not receiving it. In response to this, the SCV is experimenting with packaging to determine if it makes a difference in this issue.
Those members who have had no issues receiving their magazines see no reason to adapt to the changing situation, but those members who have had significant issues are beyond frustrated. Our headquarters wastes too much resources on providing replacement magazines, so this is a business decision for the good of our organization.
Our magazine is an important method by which many of our members receive official communications from the SCV leadership. Many of our members don't have email or Facebook, so the Confederate Veteran is essential for these members. It is our responsibility as an organization to adapt to our environment, regardless of how we feel about it. To ignore reality and continue business as usual is not a trait of a successful organization. We will continue to assess problems and adapt as required for the good of our organization.
We ask that members who have damaged or missing correspondence continue reporting these issues to the USPS inspectors. It is a federal crime to tamper with mail. We need to use all resources available to fix these problems. Regardless, we have a fiduciary responsibility to do all we can to ensure that our members receive the benefits of membership they pay for.
Thank you and continue to fulfill the Charge!
09/01/17 SCV Telegraph - Hurricane Harvey and the Relief Fund
Compatriots and friends:
We, the descendants of Confederates, are in a new battle. I am asking you to stop for a few moments, read this letter, and consider donating to the SCV Relief Fund. As we all watched the news over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey is causing untold destruction in Texas and Louisiana, (along with tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee). You can very well be looking at the faces of our compatriots who live in those areas. Most have lost something, some have lost everything. Just think this could be you and now you have a chance to help compatriots across the devastated region.
Last year we depleted our budget for the SCV Relief Committee and you members helped by donating. We provided relief to members through twenty two relief grants for a total of $11, 000. Members from Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama and Louisiana received relief from the SCV Relief Funds. Heath issues, fire, and flooding were issues the committee responded to. We have a large membership in Texas and in the Houston area and these SCV members will be looking to us all for relief; our resources are low. If you can help, please do so.
This year the members of the SCV stepped up and donated to replenish the depleted funds of the SCV Relief Fund. I want to thank you for your donations to this very worthwhile source for the relief of our members.
Our SCV Relief Fund is designed to quickly support our members with instant, yet limited resources until their insurance can kick in. We need for you to act now and spread the word so we can help as many members as we can.
As various disasters and catastrophic events occur and affect our members, we must stand ready to assist our brothers and sisters in gray. We must prepare and distribute information on the level of relief as it is dictated by our available resources and the need to assist as many compatriots as possible in any given catastrophe. All levels of our organization must be made aware of the fund and its limitations.
Assistance can only be provided as a short term-stop gap measure and at the request of those needing the assistance.
Your donation is tax deductible. Please make gifts through PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org), our website at http://www.scv.org/new/paypal-donations/, or send a check to:
Sons of Confederate Veterans
c/o SCV Relief Fund
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, Tennessee 38402-0059
Do not wait! Reach into your pocket and give to the SCV Relief Fund today. For more information, please contact me directly at email@example.com or 870-926-2985. We sincerely thank you for your time and continued support.
W. Danny Honnoll
08/18/17 Charlottesville Events
Carl V. Jones
Chief of Heritage Operations
08/14/17 Press Release Sons of Confederate Veterans support for our nation and the rule of law
Thos. V. Strain
04/25/17 SCV Telegraph - New Orleans Situation
As you've most likely heard by now, a purge of our history has taken place in New Orleans, Louisiana. In a scene reminiscent of Kristallnacht in 1930's Germany, cultural Marxists leaders of the City of New Orleans attacked and destroyed the first of our monuments erected over 100 years ago in that city. While this is a despicable and depressing episode to those of us who value our history, our ancestors and our own blood, this is one battle in a much larger campaign. Our brothers in Louisiana led a valiant effort to curtail this situation, but the rampant ignorance and vile hatred that exists in New Orleans was too well entrenched. We will continue to fight and we will not back down.
As it stands right now, we are in the process of waging a legal battle over a similar situation in Charlottesville, Virginia. We believe we have much better standing in this situation due to the existence of a State law that protects historical monuments. We MUST get similar laws passed in every Southern State if we are to have legal standing to combat these attacks. If your Division is not working on this type of legislation, now is the time to start.
Ultimately, the road map to victory will be achieved by strengthening your local Camp and solidifying relationships with the powers that be in your area. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of becoming active in your local community and projecting a positive message in an effort to harness a wider base of support. Following this plan will help to head off such despicable situations as occurred in New Orleans before they even get off the ground. As they say, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
Gentlemen, the fight is not over. But, we must all become engaged in the effort to save our history. If not now, when?
Chief of Heritage Operations
Sons of Confederate Veterans
10/11/16 SCV Telegraph - Have You Renewed Your Membership?
Gentlemen Of The SCV --
Retention in the Sons Of Confederate Veterans is a priority that the leadership has endeavored to "tackle." As most, if not all, of you know, your membership dues are currently due. Just as a reminder, this month of October is the last month you will be able to pay your dues before you are dropped from the membership active roster......at that time you will become delinquent and it will cost an extra $5.00 to be reinstated. Please do not let this happen.
When you completed and submitted your application for membership in the Sons Of Confederate Veterans, the camp that voted and approved your application for membership did so, saying, "You are special and we believe you will honorably represent your Confederate Ancestor and the SCV well."
As a member of the SCV, you have shown you are interested and concerned about how our ancestors are remembered.....and how their honorable actions will survive the onslaught of political correctness. You have done the genealogy work and took the necessary steps to join the largest Heritage Organization in the country. You walked through that door of membership......why would you walk out that same door, especially during this critical time?
If you have paid your dues, thank you for your continuing support. If you are "sitting on the fence," please consider the reason why you joined. Our enemies are hoping you will turn your back on those that stood up against tyranny. I've said it many times before, the South DOES need all of her Sons......and our Ancestors are counting on us to stand up for them.....so, I ask you, do not walk out that door.
Army, Division, Brigade, and Camp Officers, please share this message with ALL your members, so they will know they ARE wanted and needed.
Paul Gramling, Jr.
Sons Of Confederate Veterans
09/09/16 SCV Telegraph - Camp Museum Fundraiser Challenge Compatriots,
As you may know, the SCV is moving forward rapidly with the new Confederate Museum at our Headquarters at Elm Springs. With about $500,000 in our account, we are going to need to raise over $2.5M to turn this dream into reality.
The 47th Regiment NC Troops Camp 166 in Wake Forest, North Carolina has issued a challenge to each of our camps to raise and donate at least $1,000 for the Confederate Museum. As I believe that competition is normally healthy, I would like to accept this challenge for our Confederation and I will have a prize for the camp which donates the greatest amount of money for the building of our museum. What that prize is will be a secret, but I can assure you it will be worthy of the momentous sacrifice to achieve it. The start date of the competition is 15 August 2016 and the date we close this competition will be 31 December 2017 so each camp has a little less than 17 months to collect and donate their monies for this significant camp prize. You do not have to make just one donation - we will keep track of each donation for each camp, no matter how small or large. As a reminder, any person or camp who donates $1,000 or more will be included on a plaque at the new museum.
As much as I look forward to this competition, let us work together in a true spirit of brotherhood as the ultimate prize is our museum. I ask that each camp try to match this challenge and, if possible, exceed it so that we may pay off the debt which we are surely going to have to incur to make this a reality. Our museum is so essential to our long term mission for providing THE educational venue for teaching our ancestors' story properly and with truth. Let us build this museum together for our posterity!
Thos. V. Strain Jr.
Sons of Confederate Veterans