While the nation comes together each Veteran's Day to honor all of those who serve our country, the veterans of the Veterans Foreign Wars organization honors vets every day.
Air force staff sergeant David Carter is grateful for the VFW. "It's definitely refreshing; it reminds you of the bigger picture. What we are a part of."
While some people are satisfied with how the VFW serves the veteran community, City Councilman and VFW trustee Jerry Wright says more can be done. "The VFW has rested on its laurels too long, we are trying to build it and we need to get the message out there that we are veterans here to help veterans" Wright says. One way is to bridge the generation gap. Wright says "I think we need to understand young veterans of today relate to each other how do they want to relate how do they want to socialize "
but socializing isn't the only thing on the minds of members trying to advance the VFW. Jim Fields Vice Commander of the VFW says "young veterans I'm finding are intent on providing service to veterans so rather than having a social club atmosphere, we need to move toward a service aspect."
Service to veterans remains the number one priority of the VFW. Fields says " It's incumbent upon veterans groups to take care of veterans."
And it's future veterans like SSgt. David Carter who will benefit from the VFW's support. He says "just talking to these folks here gives us younger service members a better perspective."
The VFW Post 1273 has about 1,200 members and there are about 70,000 veterans in South Dakota.