Watching the local news last week, there was a segment on the loss of VFWs across the nation and some around Austin. A VFW from what I understand are meeting places for Veterans of Foreign Wars to hang out and participate with fellow veterans in random activities. Apparently their member numbers are dropping and new recruits are hard to attract.
Some jarring figures were thrown around. After 1945 there were 16 Million WWII veterans. Today there are only 2 Million WWII veterans left. They are dieing at a rate of 1000 people a day. That's a staggering statistic. My grandparents were too young to serve, most were in the Korean War. But the idea that soon they will join the ranks of the disappearing at a rate of what ever a day is terrifying. I guess I've never quantified death in terms of number of people who die of (fill in the blank) or number of people from this group who die per day. Little depressing to think of mortality in terms of statistics, it really removes the human factor.
As for the VFWs, they are having to get modern to attract new recruits. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Myspace, Etc. I can't wait for the out of touch rap commercials that will ensue from desperation for members. I guess they shouldn't have bullied the Vietnam vets for being overly sensitive when they got back into the country. Maybe they wouldn't be in this situation.