Taps For The American Legion & VFW?
The Mankato Free Press offers this storyabout declining membership at the Waseca VFW Post #1642. It’s not an uncommon story, either here in Minnesota or elsewhere across the nation. Younger veterans are just are not interested in these organizations, and their membership is aging and declining. Also, the male-dominated organizations have been slow to make an appeal to female members, even as about 20% of those now serving in the military are women. Of course, some groups like the Waseca Post blame smoking bans for their woes, but the National Commandant of the VFW sees it differently. As a veteran (and former American Legion member), I think this is too bad. There are a lot of veterans, both young and old, who could use some help and a common voice.
I suggest the two organizations merge together as a single group that welcomes all veterans, and then make a serious outreach to the veterans of Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and Afganistan, as well as to peacetime warriors like myself. What do you think?