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The New Vet Problem

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Troops are beginning to come home, but their elder veterans say they aren't joining their organizations.

After Tony Sherrill returned home from serving in the Army, he joined the American Legion. The group focuses on community service. America's favorite past time is a major focus for the group. Most of the members of Post 23 have been home for decades, but they want to bring a younger set into their group.

"They think it's just for old people," says member Bob Thomas. "They don't realize the experience they can get from talking to these elderly people."

The group has monthly meetings for dinner and conversation. They plan their events but also talk about what brought them all together.

"When you try to open up an old wound its like putting salt on it. They don't wanna talk," said Sherrill. "But when they get around another vet that's been there and they can discuss it. It helps everybody."

Sherrill worries about the dwindling members of the group. In 1946, the group had almost 2,000 members. Now, they have just over 200.

The group agrees that the issue isn't getting vets to stay, it's getting them to come in the first place. They hope veterans will take a leap of faith and try out one meeting.

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