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VFW Using New Ways To Attract Vets

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 28, 2012

California has the highest number of veterans in the country, but only about 90-thousand belong to VFW posts. 

As World War Two veterans die, VFW State Adjutant James Rowoldt says it's increasingly important to attract younger vets…and their families.

Rowodlt jokes that in order to do that, it may mean changing old perceptions about VFW posts.

Rowoldt:14 "I use a story…for somebody bringing their child into a VFW post that has a canteen and they're making a little noise as children will and some old guy at the end of the bar says 'get these kids outta here', it's time to get the old man out of the bar and bring families back in."

Rowoldt says VFW's are also trying to attract young vets to virtual online posts, rather than posts based in buildings. The state of Texas launched the first virtual VFW post just this year.
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