Nebraska veterans club closes as membership falls

By: AP
By: AP

Hastings, NE (AP) - The Veterans of Foreign Wars Club chapter in Hastings has sold its building because of dwindling membership.

The Hastings Tribune reports that Friday night's bingo game was the last public event at the VFW club in downtown Hastings

Keith Dreher with the local VFW post says he's seen membership drop from more than 700 15 years ago to about 360. Veterans of World War II and the Korean War are dying and younger veterans haven't embraced the club.

Dreher says the group decided to sell its downtown building before it started losing significant amounts of money.

Shirley Murphy made sure to attend Friday's last bingo night. She says it will be hard to see the club close because she has been attending events there for so long.

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