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c++ const char* pointer and structure problem

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I made a small structure to hold some data,including two strings. The problem is either that the string data isn't getting placed into the structure correctly or I'm not retrieving it correctly.

Here is my strcture. Everything works fine except for membername and classname

   struct PartyMember
               int memberid;
               const char* membername;
               const char* classname;
               int hitpoints;
               int movement;
               int morale;
               int attack;
               int defend;
         } pm[6];

Here is my function to create a record within the structure. In Visual Studio in debugging mode mname and cname have a string value.

void stats::CreateMember(int id, const char* mname, const char* cname, int hp, int movement, int morale, int attack, int defend)
      int i;

      PartyMember *p = &pm[0];

      for(i = 0;i <= 6; i++, p++)
                  p->memberid = id;
                  p->membername = mname;
                  p->classname = cname;
                  p->hitpoints = hp;
                  p->movement = movement;
                  p->morale = morale;
                  p->attack = attack;
                  p->defend = defend;


Now a function to get a record. The problem is no matter what I do "name" has no data and says "bad ptr" when I hold the mouse over it in debugging mode. Can anyone tell me where I'm going wrong here?

const char* stats::GetClassName(int id)
      int i;
      const char* name;
      PartyMember *xp = &pm[0];

      for(i = 0; i<=numrec;i++, xp++)
            if(xp->memberid == id)
                  name = xp->classname;

                  return name;
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