Episode 10: Friends in Low Places

Common Veterans Podcast Episode 10: Friends in Low Places VFW, DAV, American Legion, Marine Corps League, and other fraternal organizations are there for Veterans. This breakdown of the organizations talks […]
December 5, 2023

Common Veterans Podcast

Episode 10:
Friends in Low Places


VFW,
DAV, American Legion, Marine Corps League, and other fraternal organizations
are there for Veterans. This breakdown of the organizations talks to members about
the benefits of these program's camaraderie. The Common Veterans represent
FreedomSystem.org’s martial arts and mountain bike association.

 

I.                   
Introduction

                                                              
i.     
Friends in Low Places

1.     
Introduce the standby Veteran Fraternal Organizations and their
missions and why.

                                                            
ii.     
Brief Overview of the benefits of the group

1.     
Positives

2.     
Negatives

II.                 
More Than Just Bars

a.      
Bartenders are there, but that isn’t the only reason for them to
be there.

                                                              
i.     
Drinking socially good? Or Bad?

1.     
Opens up.

2.     
Opens up too much.

                                                            
ii.     
It’s a social club…

1.     
Camaraderie is built here among Veterans from all different age
groups.

2.     
Not a lot of physicality

3.     
Has to be open to the public or will not survive monetarily.

b.     
Some organizations are not attached to bars.

                                                              
i.     
FreedomSystem.org is not a bar, but do meet at fraternal
organizations that have them

1.     
FSO focuses on fitness and shared experiences from military
service.

2.     
FSO supports fraternal organizations through shared goals

                                                            
ii.     
Team RWB is a fitness organization

1.     
Originally a totally Veteran organization, it now allows
non-veterans to run their goals

a.      
Puts non-vets in leadership roles

                                                          
iii.     
Fraternal organizations often have specific goals and only allow
specific people to join them

1.     
Marine Corps League

2.     
VFW

3.     
DAV

III.               
Stories, The Fish is Always Bigger

a.      
Members tell stories of their exploits.

                                                              
i.     
Common Veterans share their military stories.

1.     
Stories become what everyone needs.

2.     
Shared experiences from different combat times help create more
fraternization and become friends.

                                                            
ii.     
Different organizations, different stories?

1.     
Multi-members have different experiences in different
organizations and go to different areas for different types of camaraderie.

a.      
VFW then to DAV, etcetera

b.     
Moose and Eagles

c.      
American Legions and Auxiliaries

IV.               
Join or nah?

a.      
Joining a fraternal organization can have its merits…

                                                              
i.     
Positives

                                                            
ii.     
Negatives

                                                          
iii.     
Neutrals

V.                 
Conclusion

a.      
Recap fraternal organizations' essential role in
supporting veterans and fostering camaraderie.

b.      
Encouragement for listeners to explore and
support these organizations or similar initiatives in their communities.

c.      
Closing thoughts emphasize the importance of
camaraderie in veterans' journey and the impact it has on their lives.

VI.               
Next Episode –  Next Season

a.      
Our next episode is or next season, but
there may be a few more episodes this season that pop out of nowhere! Stay
tuned.

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