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  •  The Legion and the VFW (6+ / 0-)

    don't have nearly the clout they used to. Mostly because they don't have NEARLY the members, and most of their members are old, old, OLD.

    My husband used to belong, we have friends that are active. We're not that young anymore, but when we go to any functions at the Legion, we're usually some of the youngest people there. Sometimes THE youngest.

    And my husband retired from the AF 20 yrs ago, so you do the math.

    •  The American Legion (2+ / 0-)
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      algebrateacher, skymutt

      Keeps sending me invitations. I just throw them away. Besides they don't want me anyway - I'm gay.

      I briefly considered joining (heck, it's only $20 a year) and working within the system to change it, but then decided my time is better and more constructively spent doing other things like playing my sax or improving the Boston Terrier as a breed.

      I'm sure as someone in my early 40's I'd be the youngest person in the local organization if I did join.

      So many impeachable offenses, so little time...

      by Cali Techie on Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 09:24:39 AM PST

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      •  You really should join (2+ / 0-)
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        algebrateacher, Cali Techie

        and I'll bet they'd be happy to have you.

        Hell, they're happy to have any members under 50, just to prove they're not another branch of the AARP.

        •  It's always been like that (3+ / 0-)
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          indycam, algebrateacher, pearlegates

          My father was a member when I was growing up during the 60's and 70's. My parents were in their late 30's and 40's and they were the youngest members in the post made up of mostly WWI and WWII vets. My brother and I were the only kids at any given family function. Pretty much every one there treated us like we were their grandkids. In fact my parents were the youngest members well after I had graduated from High School. Viet Nam vets didn't start joining until the 90's.

          When I got out of the military my dad told me I should join, but I didn't. As a 22 year old kid I had nothing in common with people who were on average 40-60 years older than I was and I wasn't interested in hanging out with them at all since at the local level it's basically a social club.

          I won't join now because it's full of right-wing nut jobs who blindly support Republicans even though history shows Republicans consistently screw veterans when they are in power. That's just plain 'ol stupidity for which I have a very low tolerance.

          So many impeachable offenses, so little time...

          by Cali Techie on Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 10:00:40 AM PST

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          •  I'd like to suggest (2+ / 0-)
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            algebrateacher, Cali Techie

            that you go in just to help them poor old republicans , but its really not for me to say what you should do .

            "That's just plain 'ol stupidity for which I have a very low tolerance."
            Its funny how toxic it can become .
            After being forced to listen to right wing blow hards on the radio at work , day after day after day , I just could not take it anymore . If my busines partner would not turn it off , I was ready to take a hammer to the radio .

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