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Area veterans group recruiting members

March 10, 2013

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The Forty and Eight local chapter, Voiture 1356, invites area veterans to join its ranks.

“We simply need to know who the veterans are in our area in order to extend an invitation. There are undoubtedly many veterans out there from earlier wars who would enjoy some renewed sense of camaraderie,” said the organization’s vice president, Mike Austin.

Although membership is by invitation, Austin said the demands are not rigorous, and there is no distinction between domestic and overseas service or particular national security emergencies. Men and women from all branches and eras are welcome.

Nationally, the Forty and Eight was founded in 1920 as a branch of the American Legion.

The name is derived from the French boxcars that transported 40 ground troops or eight horses during World War I.

The local membership comes from veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

“We have no members who served in Iraq I and II or Afghanistan. Our goal is to keep alive, in a proactive way, the bond of friendship of men and women who shared the experience of serving their nation while in uniform. Our membership is mostly derived from the Eastern Panhandle,” Austin said.

Beyond its membership, the local Forty and Eight reaches out to the community. It awards two $500 scholarships to nursing students at Shepherd University each year. It has built flag- poles in several parks and provided American flags whenever someone needs them.

The club meets four times a year for a dinner and program. Veterans who are interested in membership should contact Austin for an invitation to join. To contact Austin, call 304-876-0598 or send an email to michael.austin@frontiernet.net.
 

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