VFW Post in Northern Michigan needs more members | Michigan News

ONAWAY, Mich. (AP) — A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in northern Michigan is in danger of closing due to a lack of active members.

The VFW in Onaway has only five out of 70 members who are regularly involved in post 5857, Commander Robert Skinner told The Alpena News.

“I don’t even have enough people to make appointments,” Skinner said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

He said the district could take control of Post 5857 if eight board seats are not filled.

“Some of the active members we have are older and paralyzed like me, which makes it even harder,” Skinner said.

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He said strict rules are a factor. Veterans must have served in a foreign country during the war to join the VFW.

“There’s a smaller pool of veterans that we can tap into,” Skinner said. “I think if we had a bit more flexibility it would help.”

The pandemic has also had an impact, he said, forcing Post 5857 to scale back its fundraising and community services.

Anyone in the community can attend the Sunday breakfast or rent the hall, which is about 60 miles southeast of the Mackinac Bridge.

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