"My Town and Yours" Thoughts and Observations of Mark Lange
It's More Than Just Age
by Mark Lange,posted Nov 12 2013 6:10AM
Attendees at last night's Veteran's Program at the Vincennes American Legion were generally older. A few World War II and Korean War Vets participated, but now it seems Viet Nam Era veterans are now in the majority at such programs. And post Viet Nam vets? Not very many seem to participate in group programs or hold memberships in any of the veterans organizations like the American Legion.
That's a concern of veterans organizations. Membership is dropping faster than the loss of old veterans to death. Does it have anything to do with young vets not being proud of their service? I don't know, but I will guess not. If my son who is a veteran is any sort of example it is generational not patriotic. His children are young, his wife wants a break in the evening after working in the home all day, he grew up on video games not clubs (maybe a probelm with his parenting, but that's another post), and he's working hard to get his career established. Will he join those organizations later, when his life is a bit less busy? Probably not. But it's not because he isn't proud of his service and the service of the men and women he served with. It's just the way it is today.