The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a patriotic and educational organization, similar to the Grand Army of the Republic. It was founded on November 12, 1881 and incorporated by Act of Congress August 20, 1954. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is the legal heir to and representative of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Dues are $35/year due each January 1st. There are two basic classes of membership: Hereditary Eligibility (Member & Junior) and Non-hereditary Eligibility (Associate)
To be a Member (and Junior Member): You must be a male descendant, 14 years of age (6 to 14 for Juniors), who:
To be an Associate Member: Men who do not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership may become Associates if they:
Although an Associate is not required to meet the lineage requirement of a Member, he is still subject to the second and third provisions of hereditary eligibility. An Associate may vote and hold any office except those of Commander-in-Chief, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief, Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief, National Secretary, National Treasurer and Commanding Officer of the Sons of Veterans Reserve. Associates may not exceed one-third of the total membership of the Camp at the time of election.
A Membership Application can be found at: http://suvcw.org/ftp/app60fi.pdf. This must be printed on your printer, completed, and mailed to:
Mark Kemp, Secretary-Treasurer
Also, of interest to those individuals who "want to wear the blue suit" is the Sons Of Veterans Reserve.
The Sons Of Veterans Reserve (SVR) is the ceremonial uniformed military element of the SUVCW. The SVR consists of a General Staff and several military districts across the nation. The SVR is overseen by the National Military Affairs Committee of the SUVCW. SVR elements participate in ceremonies, parades, living history programs, and re-enactments. All Members and Associates are welcome to join the SVR; however, SVR membership is contingent upon maintaining SUVCW membership.