Veterans’ groups struggle to fill their ranks in central Maine

Posts could close if younger veterans don’t start joining groups like the American Legion and VFW.

By Keith Edwards

Leaders of local veterans’ groups say their members are aging and younger soldiers coming out of the military aren’t joining their ranks to take their place or help shoulder the burden of helping people, including other veterans, in their communities.

If local outposts of organizations including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and Marine Corps League don’t bring in new blood, several local leaders said, as their current members die off, posts could close and the services they offer to the community and to veterans could no longer be offered.

“We need to have some new blood, new ideas. We need somebody to step in and start taking over the activities us old guys are doing,” said Ralph Sargent, 81, of Augusta, a retired Marine who served in the siege of Khe Sanh and is senior vice commandant of Marine Corps League Kennebec Valley Detachment 599 and junior vice commandant of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9 in Gardiner.

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