(a) Regular Membership. A person shall be eligible for regular
membership who served in one or more of the uniformed services of the United States
(i.e., Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration or Public Health Service), and who served in or in the
environs of Beirut, Lebanon, to include adjacent waters and airspace, during any period
in which elements of the United States Armed Forces engaged in military operations in
said areas. Further, that person’s service must have been recognized by the award of the
Navy Expeditionary Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, campaign medals
to be established in the future, or the Humanitarian Service Medal. Documented records,
to include but not be limited to personnel record entries or a DD-214 are required to
confirm this service. The officers and board shall consider granting of any other regular
membership on a case-by-case basis. Regular membership shall carry all privileges,
including the right to vote, to serve as an officer of the Association or a member of' the
Board of Directors, and to endorse applications for membership. Examples of qualifying
periods of service include, but are not limited to:
(I) between August 1982 and February 1984 when the United
States contingent of the Multi-National Force Beirut was engaged in military operations
in and around Beirut.
(II) between July and November 1958 when United States military
forces were engaged in military operations in and around Beirut.
(III) between June and August 1976 during Operation Fluid Drive,
when United States military forces evacuated some 300 non-combatants from the U.S.
Embassy in Beirut (attached civilian personnel are also eligible).
(IV) between July and August of 2006, when U.S. forces
conducted the non-combatant evacuation of more than 14,000 Americans and foreign
nationals from Beirut.
(V) any future period when U.S. forces conduct military
operations, including combat, humanitarian, and other kinds of operations, in or in the
environs of Beirut, Lebanon, to include adjacent waters and airspace.
(b) Associate Membership: Persons who served in one or more of the
uniformed services of the United States who materially contributed to any aspect of the
mission of the United States Multi-National Peacekeeping Force engaged in military
operations in, in the environs of, or off the shore of, Beirut, Lebanon, during any of the
engagements as described in Section VII(2)(a) above, shall be eligible for associate
membership. Associate members may also have served with the British, French, or Italian
militaries involved in the Multi-national Peacekeeping Force in Beirut. Associate
members shall not have the right to vote in general membership meetings. Associate
members may not serve on the Board of Directors. Associate members may endorse
applications for membership, and may hold any office in the Association other than
President and Vice President. Notwithstanding the foregoing, members serving on
standing and special committees, if any, may vote as committee members on matters
being considered in their respective committees.
(c) Affiliate Membership: Any civilian personal who was assigned to
and served at the U.S. Embassy, Beirut. Also any person, who is not a Beirut veteran and
has never served in the uniformed services of the United States, however wished to
affiliate themselves with the Association for the purpose of supporting the fraternal and
patriotic activities of its regular and associate members. Affiliate membership shall not
have the right to vote, to serve as an officer or a member of the Board of Directors, or to
endorse applications for membership. They may serve on special committees, if any, and
may vote as committee members on matters being considered in their respective
(d) Honorary Membership. The Board of Directors may invite
certain individuals who hold or have held, office by election or by the appointment by the
President of the United States to accept honorary membership in the Association. The
Board of Directors may also invite any person who served in one or more of the
uniformed services of the United States and who was awarded the Purple Heart or any
personal military decoration by the United States for heroic or meritorious acts to accept
honorary membership in the Association. Honorary members shall have all privileges
extended associate members.
(e) Life Membership. Life membership status may be obtained in any
classification. The qualifications and privileges will remain standing for the respective
classification. Proceeds from dues for the Life Membership will be placed in an interest
bearing escrow, the interest from which will be applied toward operation
(f) Next of Kin Membership. The next of kin of Beirut veteran killed
in action may apply for recurring membership under the classification of Affiliate.
Recurring membership carries life membership status. Next of kin will be honored with
membership free of charge.
Section 3. Applications for Membership. An application for membership in the
Association shall be submitted to the Board of Directors. The Board or Directors is
authorized to establish such additional procedures as may be required for the processing
of applications for membership. Decisions of the Board of Directors on questions relating
to membership applications are final and subject to review only by the Board of
Directors. Any member may petition the Board of Directors for a change in membership
status based on sustained service to the BVA. The Board of Directors will consider each
such request on a case by case basis.
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