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#1 BrewerGeorge

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Posted 16 March 2019 - 10:06 PM

We met friends tonight at the American Legion in my wife's hometown of 9000. Smallest little Legion I've ever been to. $2 domestic/well, $3 craft/import/call. Crock pots of free food brought in by members. Average age of clientele - 55 or so. Smoking allowed at the bar, which is only possible in Indiana for a private club.

But it was still everything a Legion should be. Painted on the door was "All weapons must be concealed." Urinals filled with ice below Hanoi Jane Piss Targets. Raffle for an M1 carbine. Flags, hats, bean suppers and fish fries, and oh-so-many pull tabs. The band played Proud to Be An American and everybody stood up.

It was a good time, except that now I smell like smoke, which hasn't been a thing in Indiana for a long time. I DID resist the urge to bum a smoke, though - and two of my tablemates were smoking Spirits.

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 04:20 AM

I wonder why they are dying off so fast.
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#3 BrewerGeorge

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 06:07 AM

Because Gulf War and later vets haven't joined in large numbers. They are literally dying off

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 06:23 AM

Probably no one wants to breathe second hand smoke.
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#5 Hines

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 07:21 AM

So many of the old school groups like that are thinning out. Our grandkids likely won’t stumble across many types of lodges.
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#6 Car ChuckRam

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 07:28 AM

Because Gulf War and later vets haven't joined in large numbers.


And they won’t either. Go in a Legion, or VFW on a non occasion type day, or evening. It’s just about as depressing as a VA hospital. Plus, whatever you did in the gulf war to now, “Ain’t shit compared to what we did in THE NAM!”
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 07:59 AM

Probably no one wants to breathe Legionella pneumophila.


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Posted 17 March 2019 - 08:03 AM

I was asked to join a VFW years ago. Went the their little clubhouse in Florida. It took one visit to know it didn't appeal to me at all. It was just a boys club.
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 08:29 AM

 It was just a boys club.

 

Which shouldn't be surprising in the least.  Many men (and women now) join because they have no one and need guidance.  Many serve a lifetime in the military then get out and struggle because they don't have that boys club guidance they had while in the service.  I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that, just don't want the "boys club" comment to be read by some as 100% negative.


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Posted 17 March 2019 - 09:34 AM

Which shouldn't be surprising in the least. Many men (and women now) join because they have no one and need guidance. Many serve a lifetime in the military then get out and struggle because they don't have that boys club guidance they had while in the service. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that, just don't want the "boys club" comment to be read by some as 100% negative.


Other than the VA service reps, a post itself offers very little guidance. It’s generally the Canteen, and the social members swilling cheap shit at the bar that keeps the lights on. My intro to the post I joined at was

Rollo- Where’d you get your medals son?

Me - Forward Air Resupply Head in Basra, Iraq.

Rollo - Eyerack? Hell son, I was in firefights in The Nam that lasted longer than that!!”

Rollo is the Quartermaster of that particular post. Nice welcome, Doucher.

Last time I ever went in. I’m a life member just because of the advocacy the organization provides. I doubt I’ll wver go in another.
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 09:35 AM

sounds typical.   kind of like someone new coming onto this board and getting their balls busted.   Either they take the ball busting and learn to give it back.  Or they flounce.

Then come back.

Then they flounce.

 

Then they come back....


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#12 BrewerGeorge

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 09:38 AM

I've never had a negative interaction like that, myself.

It's just not my scene.

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 12:01 PM

Did they have one of those sandy shuffleboard tables?

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 12:16 PM

Other than the VA service reps, a post itself offers very little guidance. It’s generally the Canteen, and the social members swilling cheap shit at the bar that keeps the lights on. My intro to the post I joined at was

Rollo- Where’d you get your medals son?

Me - Forward Air Resupply Head in Basra, Iraq.

Rollo - Eyerack? Hell son, I was in firefights in The Nam that lasted longer than that!!”

Rollo is the Quartermaster of that particular post. Nice welcome, Doucher.

Last time I ever went in. I’m a life member just because of the advocacy the organization provides. I doubt I’ll wver go in another.

you should have reminded him that you won your war
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 12:36 PM

you should have reminded him that you won your war

 

ouch!


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