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When writing a letter to a Senior Vice Commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, how do I address the envelope? Is it Commander (Name)Senior Vice Commander (Name), or Mr. (Name)?
         — MKH

Dear MKH,
Senior Vice Commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post is not exactly a rank – as if he is on active duty in the armed services. It is an office or a role at a paramilitary organization.
It’s a bit like being principal of a school. At school it’s likely people will address the person as Principal (Surname) — formally he is:
  Dr./Mr./Ms. (First Name) (Surname)
            (Office)
            (Location)
            (Address)
But, in the context of his or her responsibilities at the VFW Post it would be correct to use his office before his name, for example in a salutation:
            Dear Senior Vice Commander (Surname),
– Robert Hickey    http://www.formsofaddress.info/faq.html

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