The Fraternity is not a source of income for any of our members.
All of our members are required to pay annual dues, but the majority of our funding comes from charitable donations. Donations go mainly toward the costs of our activities, buying food, camping supplies, and covering travel costs. This keeps the cost of inclusion low for our members. Some portion of our funds will go toward limited operating costs such as apparel or administrative expenses like this website.
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Fraternity of the Ruptured Duck
1616 30th Street
Bakersfield CA 93301
For more information defining 501(c)(19) status visit the Internal Revenue Service website: Charities-&-Non-Profits/Other-Non-Profits/Veterans-Organizations.
Our EIN:45-2957309 for your tax purposes.
If you want to donate to an organization that provides grants to veterans, we recommend The Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County.
Where does my donation money go?
We understand that our mission statement and goals may seem a bit vague, and that is because our fraternity’s real value is intrinsic. Unlike a 501(c)(3) organization, we do not use your donations as grant money, or for other services for veterans. Our organization uses donated funds to finance events and gatherings for our members. This could mean buying camping supplies, or paying for gas and tickets to a game.
What can be said is that NO DONATED FUNDS ARE SPENT ON ALCHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, OR AMMUNITION. We take ownership of all donations as a serious obligation, and the fraternity votes upon all expenditures, but in the end, donating is a decision you should make carefully.
How can I join the Fraternity of the Ruptured Duck?
Unfortunately, membership in FRD is not open. To qualify, a prospect must be male, either on active duty or honorably discharged from any branch of the US military, and must have served in direct support of combat actions. Each prospective recruit is hand selected by a member, and must undergo a prospect period of no less than one year before being considered a full member. This process has been decided upon to ensure the dedication of each new member, and to protect the existing personality of the Fraternity.
That having been said, guests are invited to many FRD activities, and being a guest is the first step to membership.
Can female veterans join?
As the word “Fraternity” suggests, FRD is a men’s only organization. Part of the value that FRD provides for our members is the ability to share emotions that might make a man uncomfortable to share with his wife, or other women. Surrounded by men with the same experiences, our members can feel free to heal all of their emotional wounds.
We do not intend any disrespect in this policy. To be quite honest; there is just a different dynamic. We love hearing from our sisters-in-arms, and hope in the future to form a female auxiliary unit.
Since 1775, the members of the United States military have embodied an esprit de corps, a pride in their past, present, and future comrades. This pride in service and tradition stems from the effect of shared-experience, because only a small percentage of the American population has ever served. Those that serve become, as Shakespeare penned, a band of brothers, and the bonds of brotherhood shared by combat veterans last a lifetime. The bond is so strong that once someone has served, they can find it hard to relate to those who have not.
The shrinking of a veteran’s social circle is only compounded by the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What was once an outgoing and affable young man can become a guarded, if not paranoid man after just one deployment overseas. Although the level of severity spans the gamut, every single combat veteran is affected in some way.
The Symptoms of PTSD are too many to mention, but one of the residual effects is the unwillingness to share feelings or even spend time with those not similarly afflicted. Veterans may not share their fears with their friends, family members, or even wives. Veterans suffering from PTSD tend to shy away from group gatherings…unless that group is comprised of brothers in arms.
To put it frankly, our goal is to keep our members alive, and we do that by:
- Enabling our members to share feelings related to their military experiences and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
- Establish a network of friends for peer counseling.
- Establish monthly and annual events for social interaction, learning life skills, and utilizing coping methods.
- Hold social and recreational events for our members.
- Memorialize fallen brothers-in-arms.
- Participate in veterans’ events within the community.
The Fraternity of the Ruptured Duck takes its name from the Honorable Discharge Lapel Button. The War Department adopted this award on the 29th of November, 1944, to represent the honest and faithful completion of service.
The award’s symbol is that of an eagle, with spread wings, perched upon a wreath. “The Ruptured Duck” as it came to be known, is the official award of honorable discharge for all branches of the military, for all eras of service since the Revolutionary War. The award is authorized for wear on both uniforms and civilian attire.
The award was commonly issued in the form of a patch. Dress uniforms from the World War Two era can be easily found in surplus stores today displaying the Ruptured Duck in the form of a diamond-shaped patch, or lozenge, above the right breast. This demarcation came in handy when service members were traveling home after discharge, and did not want to be roped into any undue duties.
(The Ruptured Duck seen here on uniform)
The Fraternity of the Ruptured Duck is a Veterans Organization established in 2011 by a group of returning vets. What began as an informal, annual camp out transformed into a full time fraternity when our founding members recognized the therapeutic qualities of spending time among each other. In forming an organized fraternity, we have emphasized those cathartic qualities, in essence, preventing Post Traumatic Stress from becoming a problem at all. The transition from a loose group of friends, to a federally recognized 501(c)(19) organization allows for our members, most of whom are husbands and fathers, to offset the costs of spending time together.
- President – Casey Schaubschlager
- Vice President – David Gleim
- Treasurer – David Bledsoe
- Logistics – Kenneth Sadler
- Sergeant at Arms – Armando Trujillo
- Armorer – Jeremy Scott