Bylaw 2022-02: Welcome Veterans With “Bad Paper” Discharges

Election Results: Passed 

Approve: 467 (94.15%)

Disapprove: 29 (5.85%)

Abstain: 55


Bylaw amendment objective: To clarify and underscore that veterans with “bad paper discharges”, such as an “Other Than Honorable” discharge or a “Bad Conduct Discharge”, are in fact welcome to become full members. This is in fact our current practice. As this is not the norm among veteran organizations, this explicit addition to our list of non-discriminatory practices is warranted.

Section 4. Non-discriminatory practice

Membership may not be denied because of military discharge classification, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or any other discriminatory practice.


Submitted by: VFP Bylaws Committee and the VFP Board of Directors Executive Committee

Board and Committee:

Committee Recommendation: Approved 
Board of Directors Recommendation: Supported by the Board of Directors by unanimous vote

Convention Floor Vote:

Yes: 44

No: 0

Abstain: 0