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An American flag marks the grave of a fallen military member. As more and more aging veterans pass away, America's organizations for veterans are losing members faster than they are finding new ones.

America's veterans organizations are losing ground


When the newspaper printed an obituary on a World War II veteran, a young Randy Raasch never missed a word, finding inspiration from the Greatest Generation's actions in war and service to their fellow soldiers at home through work with veteran's organizations.

Raasch, 47, who grew up in Dickinson and now lives in Hettinger, chose to pay it forward when he returned home in 2007 after serving two years in Afghanistan by joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization in Hettinger.

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