He said to me, "I got this forward about Target, but is it wrong that I just don't care?" I told that it wasn't wrong to not care, it was wrong to believe a single word of it. The letter is similar to this, as I'm sure you may have seen:
Fw: Target Corp.
by Dick Forrey of the Vietnam Veterans Association
Recently we asked the local TARGET store to be a proud sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event.
We received the following reply from the local TARGET management: "Veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the arts, social action groups, gay & lesbian causes, and education."
So I'm thinking, if the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in general do not meet their donation criteria, then something is really wrong at this TARGET store. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, just a small sponsorship for a memorial remembrance.
As a follow-up, I e-mailed the TARGET U.S. corporate headquarters and their response was the same. That's their national policy.
Then I looked into the company further. They will not allow the Marines to collect for 'Toys for Tots' at any of their stores. And during the recent Iraq deployment, they would not allow families of employees who were called up for active duty to continue their insurance coverage while they were on military service. Then as I dig further, TARGET is a French-owned corporation.
Now, I'm thinking again. If TARGET can not support American Veterans, then why should I and my family support their stores by spending our hard earned American dollars and to have their profits sent to France. Without the American Vets, where would France be today?
Feel free to pass this along to whomever you want.
Veterans helping Veterans
The most ridiculous part is that this isn't even the original Dick Forrey letter, which he has since apologized for. When I told my co-worker that the chain letter is a myth, he mentioned that they support gay & lesbian causes and that they're French owned. That's when I did some digging can pretty much rebuked everything in the letter (via http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/target.asp).
He researched it himself and was a bit annoyed and angry that he had received this along with many other people. When I suggested that he reply to all with the facts, he hesitated... turns out, it was sent by his minister, to the entire congregation.
There's no point, but I was wondering if anyone here received chain mail like this, and if so, you really should respond to everyone who is too lazy or naive to check it out themselves.