updated 12:23 p.m. ET, Sun., April 12, 2009
Goal is to recruit and retain more members by making attendance easier
TRUMBULL, Conn. – Milton Pierce’s voice reverberated across the room as the former World War II bomber pilot called the roll at his monthly American Legion meeting.
It was much like any other gathering of the roughly 15,000 posts nationwide, except for one critical difference: Pierce and his fellow members were only steps away from the comfort of their own homes.
The 90-year-old veteran and his compatriots live at Middlebrook Farms, an assisted living community in Trumbull, Conn., where they are members of the state’s first American Legion post stationed in a nursing care complex.
As the nation’s veterans age and become less mobile, groups such as the Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are trying to recruit and retain more members by making it easier for them to reach meetings.