Magazine article VFW Magazine

Fully Engage in Social Media

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Fully Engage in Social Media

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A Post in Kentucky with nearly 800 members-more than a fourth of whom are veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan-has a young vet at the helm with ideas to make it bigger.

The Iraq War vet who leads Post 4075 in Frankfort, Ky., is a big fan of modern technology and believes it is crucial for attracting younger vets to VFW. As a matter of fact, Richard Quire, 45, says ignoring these tools and the advantages they offer is no longer an option.

"Clearly, an active social media and web presence is now a requirement," said Quire, a retired Army major who also served with the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bosnia in 2000. "Even the smallest Posts, with the right tech-sawy veterans, can compete with the larger Posts."

He suggests VFW National Headquarters could "encourage Posts, Districts and Departments to fully engage in social media" by hosting a national competition for "Best Web Presence" at each level. Quire adds that it is important for Posts to "grow the Internet footprint" by encouraging social-media training.

Another idea, he says, to attract younger vets into Posts is to offer physically demanding activities.

"Younger vets are active and generally fit," he says. "They participate in 5k races, marathons and 'tough mudder' events. If VFW National Headquarters would establish something similar to the Marine Corps Marathon or the Army 10-miler, it might attract younger vets and Ladies Auxiliary prospects."

Quire says his 789-member Post has a new project that provides a fun diversion for visually impaired vets. …

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