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07/01

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VFW, Wal-Mart, SAM'S CLUB Team to Respectfully Retire Worn American Flags

With patriotism flying high and the increasing number of American flags on display at homes, work and play all across America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is working with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to provide customers a way to properly dispose of their worn American flags. Beginning today, customers can visit any Wal-Mart store, SAM’S CLUB or Neighborhood Market and drop off their used American flag for proper disposal by participating VFW Posts.

Drop-off stations will be located inside all U.S. Wal-Mart stores, SAM’S CLUBS and Neighborhood Markets from July 1 through July 15. The flags will be collected by participating VFW Posts and disposed of in a dignified ceremony. After dropping off worn flags, customers are encouraged to pick up a free brochure explaining the proper etiquette for displaying their new American flag.

"We are proud to work with participating VFW posts across the country and offer this patriotic service to our customers ," said Tom Montgomery, Wal-Mart community programs manager. "There are very specific procedures for properly displaying and disposing of the American flag, and our customers can feel confident that their worn American flags will be retired with respect and disposed of properly if they can’t do it themselves."

"The VFW is pleased to share in this patriotic endeavor with Wal-Mart," said VFW National Commander-in-Chief James N. Goldsmith. "A priority of all Americans is to ensure our national symbol receives the respect and dignity it deserves. This is a great way to do just that."

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more than 2,740 discount stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, and more than 500 SAM’S CLUBS in the United States. Wal-Mart employs 1.3 million associates worldwide. Last year Wal-Mart associates raised and contributed $196 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. More information about Wal-Mart’s Good Works community involvement is available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.

The VFW, founded in 1899, assists all veterans and their families obtain veterans’ entitlements and other services. In addition, the organization works for the well being of those serving on active duty, in the National Guard and the Reserves. Last year, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members donated over 14 million volunteer hours and $60 million to local community service projects. There are 2.7 million members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary located in approximately 9,500 Posts worldwide.