St. Martin

Jul 29, 2011 12:04 AM by Shawn Kline

VFW calling on vets of Iraq/Afghanistan

Plans are in place for a make-over at one of St. Martinville's oldest buildings; the VFW post.
However, the vets need help from a younger generation to make it happen.

Looking at the building, it's about a hundred years old. A place that old has certainly seen better days.

"My father's a veteran, my family is all veterans." Bryan Lasseigne says, "it was a good feeling having a veterans home in St. Martinville."

Lasseigne was one of the founders of VFW Post 3462 back in '96. That crew transformed it from an old home into St. Martinville's VFW headquarters.
In the last decade, dwindling membership- including Lasseigne himself, turned this building into a distant memory.

"I kept passing in front and we were getting ready to lose the veterans home," Lasseigne said.

The flag now flies at half staff. It's just one of the signs of a post in distress but there are some signs of excitement growing at this place.

"This is a new adventure for the VFW," State Commander, Fred Weley said. "We came in at our generation and the World War II veterans came into those generations but our younger vets- they're a generation with a different understanding. We are just now beginning to understand the way they operate."

Wesley says there's hope for places like Post 3462, but it needs new members from a younger generation of war heroes.

"we're here to let them know that we fought for each other and we want to be together," Wesley said.

St. Martinville's post now has nearly a dozen members under the age of forty- hoping that membership will grow.

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