As a member and former Vice Cmdr, I wonder of our future. I look around the room during our meeting and I see WWII, Korean, Vietnam veterans and that look is getting older.


As a member and former Vice Cmdr, I wonder of our future. I look around the room during our meeting and I see WWII, Korean, Vietnam veterans and that look is getting older.

As a Vice Cmdr, I was tasked with composing/editing our newsletter and my approach was to inform members and make the newsletter colorful with pictures of pats activities/events and to identify the future plans of the post.
Initially, I received several wonderful comments on the well informed knowledgeable information that was provided to me and to what I had added. I included (a border) on the address page all the logos of our military organizations, the POW-MIA logo and the logos of the Reserves/National Guard.

I was approached after one of our meetings by what seemed to be a very angry member who began poking his finger in the chest, saying he didn't appreciate or want Reserve logos on the newsletter. The comments went on as to why those (expletive) draft dodging jerks shouldn't be I.D.'d on the newsletter.

My return comment to him was that since 911 who do you think is dying over in Iraq or Afghanistan — I will not remove the logos from the newsletter.

As I started this letter, I wonder as to the future face of any veteran organization.
If those few bigots are allowed to maintain that attitude and/or prevail thus preventing the National Guard or Reserves from considering a membership in any veterans organization, the result will affect our membership base. We fade away and cease to exist.

I wish I had said to that irate member that back in the beginning from around the 1750s the first militia, if you remember, were in fact volunteers and were in fact the first National Guard/Reserves from the French-Indian War to the Minutemen whom all gave their lives for what became this nation, these United States of America.
Can you define the meaning of "United" as to how We Americans believe.

-Bernie Mowinski, Sunrise Beach