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Stevens Point VFW turns over flag, charter

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

"I was really hurt. I was. It brought tears to my eyes," said Andy Suchon.

Suchon is a navy veteran and was the last commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 568 in Stevens Point. The post closed in July of 2011 after 77 years. Leaders said there just weren't enough members to continue.

"Ideas were exchanged constantly to try to get interest in coming to the meetings and becoming active," said former member Mike Pohl.

"We were thinking about changing days, changing times," said Suchon.

Former VFW Post 568 members turned over their flag and charter to the Portage County Historical Society on Wednesday. Leaders there said the documents will give people another important piece of the county's history, and that's exactly what VFW members want.

"It's just time to let the public see what we were. We were a great organization," said Pohl.

VFW leaders said one of the most important roles of Post 568 was allowing vets to talk about their war experiences.

"It's a good thing to do, to be around everybody that's been through it like you have," said Pohl.

Leaders say members of a post share something unique because all served overseas in wartime.

"Even though you didn't serve with him, he's still a brother, part of the family of being in the service. Even if we were in different branches, we're still brothers," said Suchon.

VFW leaders said their club folded because younger vets just weren't joining. They said they hope that changes and those vets sign up with another post.

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