POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 5:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 10:59am
WASHINGTON (AP) - War veterans have always sought one another's
companionship but the days of a beer with friends at the local
veterans' hall may be giving way to the computer age.
Hoping to tap into that virtual community, a public service
campaign starting today, Veterans Day, encourages Iraq and
Afghanistan veterans to log onto a new social networking site
called www.CommunityofVeterans.org .
American Legion spokesman John Raughter says a Legion post
doesn't necessarily have to made of "bricks and mortar."
The American Legion and VFW have seen a decline in membership
since a peak after the 1991 Persian Gulf War, as World War II
veterans and Korean War veterans have died and both are expanding
Some younger veterans are too busy to join the groups or don't
identify with the older veterans, despite outreach efforts.