An Urgent Plea Concerning Druid Veterans and Their Families and
Please Read and Pass This Along!
To date I have not received any new letters from vets stating their
to have the 'Awen' symbol on their headstones, nor any copies of
next of kin or clergy stating the same. It will be very hard to
this cause as a religious freedom issue unless we can show that there
Druid vets out there who want the symbol.
The campaign is at a critical point once again and we really need
letters. Can you please alert your members?
thank you in advance and here is my address again;
POB 219 Amherst, MA 01004
Please see message from Selana Fox below;
This is follow-up to some individual and group discussions I have had
some of you previously, and most recently, Ellen.
It is a good idea to get letters from Druid vets and Druids on active
in the US military who state that they have the Awen symbol as their
of belief and that they want it added to the VA's list of emblems of
that can be included on gravestones it issues for deceased veterans.
letters should state that after death, they would like the Awen
their VA-issued grave marker which will be ordered by next of kin.
It also is a good idea to have the next of kin of each of these
informed about the veteran's wishes regarding the Awen being included
gravestones to be ordered after the veteran's death from the VA.
in writing from the veteran/soldier to her/his next of kin could be
I met by phone this week with staff from the US Department of Veterans
Affairs to get another update on the progress of the revision of the
procedures for adding additional emblems of belief to the VA's
list. This bureaucratic process is still in the works. During this
no one could estimate as to how soon the process would be completed.
lean that the process was continuing to move, although slowly. We
continue to track this.
Although the VA's new procedures have not been released yet and
have gone through quite a few changes as a result of the revision
that was begun in January 2007,several VA staff I spoke with over the
year indicated to me that, as with the previous set of procedures,
symbol will be eligible to be on the list after a veteran or one on
duty dies and had wanted a symbol on her/his marker and the next of
knows of this and makes that request of the VA as part of the
gravestone/marker/ plaque application process.
During our settlement of the Circle Sanctuary vs. Nicholson lawsuit
2007 which resulted in the Pentacle being added to the list, I made
that our attorneys (from Americans United for Separation of Church and
State) included a clause in the settlement agreement that allowed me
Circle Sanctuary to work on behalf of other emblems of belief being
the list. When asked about the reason for this clause by media at the
national press club news conference on April 23,2007, the day the
was added to the list, I specifically mentioned the need for the Druid
symbol to be added.
Should any of you know of a Druid vet or Druid on active duty who
has requested the Awen to be on a VA headstone and the next of kin is
planning to order a marker from the VA, please contact Circle
soon as possible so we can be available to help as needed.
Lady Liberty League
Box 9,Barneveld, WI 53507 USA
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