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Veterans fear their post is fading away Published: May 13, 2013

CHECOTAH -- The numbers continue to decline as do the opportunities to save the Checotah VFW post.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports that "more money and more members could help a veterans group save its post as well as the historic building where it meets."

But Paul Henry Carr Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7624 could be revitalized if it could pick up younger veterans for its membership.

Post Commander Don Campbell says at least five members must be present to qualify as a legitimate meeting when the group gets together each month.

Only once in the past year has the post been able to claim that, a meeting in November at which 14 members attended.

It almost made it in April, with five present. But only four of them were members.

The post meets in what formerly was the library, was home to the Dawes Commission personel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The post can pay its utility bills, but there are repairs needed for the building.

Closing the post also would threaten the future of the building.

Several veterans' posts in the state have seen declines. The newspaper reported that the number of posts has dropped from about 200 to 106 in the past few years.

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