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Local veterans seek young recruits for American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars

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Ryan Dinkel

Josh Rodriguez

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:47 am, Mon Jan 3, 2011.

Veterans organizations have dwindled in size, and some have even disbanded because those who served during the Vietnam and Gulf wars, along with the war on terror in Iraq and Afghan-istan, are reluctant to join.

The problem facing veterans organizations is that their membership tends to be dominated by people who served during World War II and the Korean War. Membership dwindles as members pass away.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:41 pm on Tue, Jan 4, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Doug, as you know, I am not a vet. I remember you mentioned that your grandfather died in war and I assume you are more involved in vet issues than I am and have more incite than I. What would you do to motivate the younger generation to participate and get involved? Would you change the existing organization or support leaving the old one as is and start a new one for them? What kind of incentives would be attractive to younger vets.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:31 am on Tue, Jan 4, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Darrell, again I agree. It's time the young generation of veterans are rallying to bring the veterans from the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq, 2nd unneeded Iraq, and now the Afghanisti wars into the VFW, especially to get them involved socially, as well as fraternally.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:38 pm on Mon, Jan 3, 2011.

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    I wish Ryan and Josh success. My thought is that if it is true, that one reason membership is low is because:” they are busy reconstructing their lives after being discharged from the service, then it seems to me by making this organization a good way to achieve reconstructing the vets life, then membership should increase. Maybe the organization should change its focus or a new organization formed with different missions attractive to new vets would be in order.



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