i have been mad about this for 40 years and still that way. the problem is , is that todays vets will not stick together, reguardless of what war you were in. i don't know why. i have tried to figure it out and cannot. i have ask and showed and begged all vets from all wars, but can not get anything done. i just don't know.
"... will not stick together, ..." hits the nail on the head. Except it seems that it's the numbers that count.
I suspect the broader problem can be put into perspective when one looks at a local veterans organization. It seems that it's a core group of members that are a small percentage of the full membership that keep activities going. From time to time members not normally known for being too active will show up for a meeting, an event, whatever; but it seems in most organizations it's a certain group that become officers and does the heavy lifting.
That's how the "sticking together" aspect comes into play -- everyone participating in an organization's mundane and thankless chores so that the framework is there to actually offer assistance when and if it's needed.
I recall a comrade used to constantly remind me that everyone was a volunteer, so don't bug others about not doing some work.
So the question may be what can the core
do to draw in volunteers?
An obvious answer is to offer financial incentive, but that just isn't practical, is it?
So what else might there be?
How about a local newspaper agreeing to print a monthly list of those that participated in a veterans organization's activities to sort of give a member that spotlight he or she can feel some pride in when a citizen of the community served says something like, "I noticed in the newspaper that last month you were active in doing such-and-such for the veterans in our community."
Might even be the member's boss at work. Has to be brownie points there, no?
Just brainstorming here.