Have you thought about why veterans join the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans’ groups? The answer is simple. They need help or they want to help others. These are two basic needs.
How does your post take care of their needs? Do you concentrate on VFW Programs and Services? Don’t get me wrong, that is very important. But, what about other needs? Here are a few: VA claims, VA claim modification, VA benefits and veterans assistance?
What’s next? What happens to your members after you have met those needs? You become less relevant to the veteran and their family. It is then time to rethink what you are doing at the post level to create and maintain excitement.
How about family needs? Is your post kid friendly? Are there things for the young returning conflict veteran and their family to do at the post? Are there picnic benches, grassy areas, shaded spots? How about a dog run area? Soccer field? T-ball Diamond? Hot Dog days? Fishing events in your pond or nearby pond or lake?
Are there family events, movie nights, dance time, or football on the wide screen away from the canteen (kid friendly)? How about fundraising projects for local kids not associated with the post?
The opportunities to serve others and energize your post are only limited by your imagination. “If you build it, they will come.”
In District 6, Chapel Hill Post 6 members are teaming up with American Legion Post 6, to provide free PC repairs to local veterans. They are also hosting a computer user forum for members where they will share ideas, opportunities and solutions. These events are open to all local veterans. Take a look at what they are doing. It might work for you. Learn more
The idea for doing more things for local Chapel Hill area veterans–things out of the ordinary–came from a young member who said, “Why don’t we…..”