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Veterans Organizations Seeking Younger Members

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By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Veterans of Foreign Wars has 8,000 members in the state of Idaho, and more than 40 local groups to help returning veterans. But there's room for plenty more people to join their organization.

Slowly but surely, surviving veterans from conflicts as far back as World War Two are dying. That means organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars are gradually losing members. That's why these groups are hoping to recruit younger veterans, including those coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vernon Mason, member of VFW Post 3001, says, "We get out to support the membership, they work hard for the community. It's one of the better outfits I've ever belonged to, because of the positive attitude they have."

The VFW is helping countless veterans from World War Two through Vietnam and more recent wars make it through their health and financial difficulties.

VFW member Diana Obenaur says, "We do everything in our power with the VFW to make that transition from active duty to veteran status. We want to insure that they get the best and the highest quality of healthcare and services available."

The VFW lobbies Congress to make sure that veterans can keep their rights and privileges after serving their country.

Cmdr. David Luper says, "It's our duty. If these young guys don't get involved, this organization's going to go away, that's all there is to it. These guys aren't going to be around forever. We went overseas, we served our time, and we've done our duty. Now it's time to do it here at home as well."

You can call Luper about VFW Post 3001 at (208) 320-4265, or e-mail him at david.luper@navy.mil .

Dave Marron is the Commander at American Legion Post #7 in Twin Falls. His number is 734-6239.

To contact the American Legion Hall in Wendell, call Jim at 539-2800.

Mar. 25, 2013.


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