Re: Will VA Okay Awen?
- --- In Pagan-Headstone-Campaign@yahoogroups.com, "Christopher
Blackwell" <myrddin@...> wrote:
>That is in keeping with the latest set of VA regulations regarding
> Will VA Okay Awen?
> By Christopher Blackwell
> Organizing Pagans is like trying to herd cats.
> The paperwork has been in place for two years, but the VA
> says it can't process the request until there's a need for the
> symbol i.e. a dead Druid soldier or veteran.
> So when a Druid widow or widower applies, will the VA grantThere then needs to be an example. Are there any deceased druids who
> the Awen as a symbol of belief? We still don't know. What more
> might the Druids do to insure success?
served honorably in any branch of the US military? I do believe that
this would include the US Merchant Marines during WWII.
> There must be proof on file that Druids want the Awen. Proof likeThe fact that there is an application on file starts to set the
> copies of letters from Druid service personnel and vets stating
> that they have the Awen as their emblem of belief and want
> the VA to add it to the list of emblems used on memorial markers.
example. After that it is a matter of establishing personal need.
> There also needs to be a copy of a letter to each Druid veteran'sSuch a letter might best be set up on WitchVox or some of the hard
> next of kin that they want the Awen on their VA-supplied
> Without these letters on file it will be impossible to prove whatThen get one written and posted on WitchVox so that people can
> the veteran wanted, giving the VA an excuse to deny the request.
> Copies of those letters are needed as soon as possible to help
> push the VA into taking action.
download and send to the VA.
> Ellen E. Hopman (Order of the Whiteoak - Ord na Darach Gile), oneThey should send a COPY of their request to the VA to her. In fact,
> of the Druids that has led the push for the acceptance of the Awen,
> has asked for each Druid vet to send copies of these letters to her
> at EE Hopman POB 219, Amherst, MA 01004.
requests to the VA should be sent via registered mail and then a
photocopy of the signed letter, along with a photocopy of the mail
registration receipt can be sent to her. It also wouldn't hurt if
Ellen rejoined this group to get more info out.