Vets Remembered, but Numbers Dwindling

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As the nation salutes its military veterans, many veterans' organizations are facing a dwindling membership.

Leaders of the two largest groups -- the American Legion and the
Veterans of Foreign Wars -- say their older members are dying off,
and younger vets aren't joining up. Some say personal and family
obligations make it tougher for today's vets to join the Legion,
the VFW or other groups.

Veterans' organizations say getting its current members to
remain active in the groups is difficult as they age.

One recent vet who did join is 37-year-old Ned Northrup of
western New York. The Persian Gulf veteran tells the Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle that he joined the local VFW to keep the
chain of support for his comrades going.


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