Re: Vendors Registered with eVA
As past President of the CWRT there I can vouch for how difficult it is to go through the system and accomplish anything with all the red tape involved at the school and with the state system. I wish I had done more when I was there to get things off the ground in the purchasing department but it isnt easy with the daily schedule and finding time between class and training to run to the museum or set up meetings with the people who sign off on the requests we make for the CWRT.
The CWRT is headed in the right direction by pursuing quality items and correctly made gear that VMI cadets used during the war. Buying in bulk with state funds is nice and also helps those out who are new to the living history community at the school. Any other organization has loaner gear and things set up within the unit but the CWRT is different since the movers and shakers end up graduating and moving on in the world, the leadership and membership changes frequently. Alot of our loaner gear (which isnt much) is stuff that has been donated through various units who we have worked with in the past but items that cannot be used to correctly portray VMI cadets during the war (which is the focus of much of what the CWRT does during the school year).
In the past we have just gathered money up from a few guys and approached vendors such as Scott Hanes and Greg Starbuck to make items for the individuals to own and use. If the school is able and willing to purchase items for the roundtables use then it will be a great relief to many a cadet who is interested in participating in events but unable to fork out the money to buy their own kit.
If you need any help at all just give me a shout, I'll try to crank out a few shirts and send them yalls way.
Too many ancestors who served and events on the schedule to post here...