veterans of foreign wars post

Politics
7:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Biden Defends Withdrawal Of Troops From Iraq, Afghanistan

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the VFW convention downtown.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:18 pm

Vice President Joe Biden today lauded the nation’s military veterans who have fought battles overseas, but he made clear that there’s a limit to what the United States’ military can do.

“It’s time for those we liberated to stand up and put themselves together,” Biden said at the end of a lengthy speech to about 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered in St. Louis at the America's Center convention hall downtown.

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Faith/Religion
4:25 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

What does your local VFW have in common with your church?

Commander Don Briggs chats with Ray Williams, a Vietnam War Veteran, at the Boone County VFW at a weekly dinner on April 24, 2013.
Credit Lukas Udstuen / KBIA/Project 573

One in five Americans now report having no religious affiliation. This number is increasing rapidly. And church attendance in America and Europe is increasing.

But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.

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