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When Veteran's Day is all year long

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SNOQUALMIE - Every year in November, the nation sets aside one day to remember the war veterans who have helped build America's foundation of freedom.

On all the other days of the year, however, members of veteran's groups are working hard to make sure they are not forgotten, a battle they say is being waged every day with less and less help.

"There are those who advocate for the disabled and for the poor and even for the murderer," said Howard Rapp, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Mount Si Post No. 9476 in Snoqualmie. "But who is advocating for the veteran?"

Pete Peterson, adjutant for the Washington State VFW, said Washington has about 670,000 veterans - one out of every nine residents. However, only 36,000 are members of a VFW chapter. Although there are more than 30 other organizations war veterans can belong to, Peterson said the number is still low.

"It's very, very small," he said.

Rapp and the small crew of veterans who make up Post No. 9476 have some ideas about why that number is small. Before Vietnam, VFW posts were populated with soldiers from World War II and the Korean War, conflicts that involved millions of veterans. The wars were won and everyone involved was proud to come home a victor and join the VFW.

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