Regularly Review VFW’S Code of Ethics

Bob Green, National Assistant Quartermaster General

Ethics is the study of moral standards and how they affect conduct. It involves the ability to tell right from wrong. We all want to work in an ethical environment. When organizations are transparent, equitable, consistent and fair in their politics and administration, there is greater trust.

At VFW, employees, members and donors can feel confident that their efforts and money are being wisely and fairly used.

In order to sustain VFW’s reputation and assure its continued success, members in leadership positions are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and, in accordance with our rituals, “live lives of stainless integrity.” Leaders must adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and professional conduct and comply with the code of ethics.

VFW’s national code of ethics states that all officers, council members, employees, and other persons in leadership positions shall:

  • Display personal integrity, avoid misrepresentation and always be honest with others;
  • Act in a professional manner at all times;
  • Promote an environment where honesty and open communication are valued;
  • Resolve differences of opinion in a professional and mature manner;
  • Respect the confidentiality of privileged information;
  • Refuse to engage in or tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment toward members, employees, volunteers or other officers;
  • Exhibit respect and fairness toward all people;
  • Speak highly of the organization and its members; and
  • Promote the VFW and support the activities of the organization.

It also states that individuals should not use VFW resources for personal gain. Furthermore, we all must avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest that would tarnish the VFW’s image.

It may be a good time to review the code of ethics at your Post and ensure that it is communicated and enforced throughout your membership. We become better people and a stronger organization when we adhere to high ethical standards.