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iRumorMill.com Determination: Hoax
The allegations are false. Target does support Veteran organizations and addressed this iRumor a number of times.
The response below was found on the 2007 Target Corporate Report
Since 2002, Target has been the victim of a misleading e-mail campaign that grossly misrepresents our support of veterans
and our soldiers. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the Internet and e-mail communication, the original e-mail has been
repeatedly and inaccurately modified and perpetuated by unknown writers. The national Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
posted a press release on their Web site on Dec. 6, 2002, to help clarify this issue and show their support of Target at
Target Corporation is a publicly held American company (NYSE: TGT) that has been based in Minneapolis, Minn., ever since its founding as The Dayton Company by businessman George Dayton in 1902. Target is not now, and has never been, foreign owned.
Our company has supported many charitable causes throughout our history, including veterans’ organizations. For years, Target has donated funds and volunteer hours to local and national veteran and military organizations around the country. Examples on a national level include:
• The development and construction of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
• Continuing support of “The Wall That Heals” National Tour, a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund outreach initiative that
honors our veterans and has a strong educational component for schools
• The distribution of care packages to our troops stationed overseas through Operation Gratitude
• Support of arts grants to children with deployed parents
through Our Military Kids
• Support of the Voice of Democracy scholarship competition through the VFW
• Connecting military families with United Through Reading (see page 3 for more information)
Reservist Benefits – Target Corporation is proud to count many veterans and military reservists among its more than
350,000 team members nationwide. To help support these team members, Target provides benefits for activated reservists,
including pay differential, that surpass the benefits required by law. The Reserve Officers Association has recognized our
company for these benefits, and the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve also lists Target
on their Web site at www.esgr.org. Target team members who are activated for military service and were participating in
optional dependent coverage at the time of their deployment are eligible to continue these benefits if they choose. Target
Corporation also allows any Target team member to continue benefits as provided by the 1986 Consolidated Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act (COBRA).
Target Corporation wholeheartedly supports U.S. veterans, reservists and active duty personnel and their families. We are
proud of our record and remain committed to continuing support of veterans’ organizations as part of our overall charitable
Original Response from Target found on website of Vietnam Veterans of America.
Unfortunately, a letter has been circulating via e-mail for nearly a year that misrepresents Target's support of veterans. Due to the nature of the Internet and e-mail communication, this false information has been perpetuated and modified many times by unknown writers. In fact, the National Veterans of Foreign Wars posted a press release on their Web site on December 6, 2002 to help clarify this issue at http://www.vfw.org/news/target.htm
Target Corporation does support our veterans and is grateful for the efforts of our men and women in uniform. In fact, for years Target has donated funds and volunteer hours to local and national veteran and military organizations around the country.
For example, Target is a sponsor of the national 2003 tour of "The Wall that Heals," a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund outreach initiative that honors our veterans and has a strong educational component for schools. For more information, please visit the Web site at http://www.vvmf.org/travelingwall/index.html
Target Corporation also counts many veterans and military reservists among its more than 300,000 team members nationwide. To help support these team members, Target Corporation provides benefits for activated reservists, including pay differential, that surpass those benefits required by law. The Reserve Officers Association has recognized our company for these benefits.
In addition to supporting veteran and military organizations on a national scale, we also support local organizations, including:
· Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association in Jackson Heights, New York
· Hays County Veterans in San Marcos, Texas
· Kenny Nickelson Memorial Foundation for Homeless Veterans in Manhattan Beach, California
· Disabled American Veterans Auxiliaries in Allen Park, Michigan and Santa Fe Springs, California
· Yankee Air Force Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan
· Department of the Army (Fort Hood, Texas)
Target gives to diverse causes that reflect all types of guests in a wide variety of communities. Any non-profit organization may apply for a grant. In general, the organization's program or service to be funded by the grant should meet our giving guidelines related to arts, education and family violence prevention. While every cause is worthy, Target is unable to grant funds or partner with every organization. For more information that describes the guidelines and the application process, visit any Target store and ask for the grants brochure or go to target.com and click on "Community Giving."
Thank you again for taking the time to inquire about this issue. We wholeheartedly support our veterans and active duty personnel. We appreciate the opportunity to personally convey our commitment to you, and hope you will share our information with anyone who has contacted you about this issue.
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