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Lately I've been running across a few vets who are model railroaders but they model HO, N and Z.

I belong to but (for mobility reasons) I am not very active with The American Legion and VFW.

It would be nice to know which fellow vets might be interested on model railroading but I would not feel comfortable just walking up and asking everyone what their hobbies are.

Most members are Vietnam vets but my enlistment ended in Feb 1965 so I do not share that experience with them.

It may be that local vets are not railroaders (not many Arkansans are).

I'm not trying to start a club or anything - just find out if the interest is or is not there.
 

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How about hosting a Veterans Day open house?

All of the vets that run together out here in my neck of the woods attend a steamup hosted by a vet.
A military consist as seen recently modeled in a video on this forum, running at a public event might draw some interest as well.

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Along the lines of Scott's suggestion. Have an open house some Saturday or Sunday and post announcements at the local American Legion and VFW halls. Maybe you could get something in threir newsletters or web site. Have some pictures of your layout on the posters and newsletter announcements.

Veterans Day is fine but for a first attempt any time could work.

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I appreciate the suggestions but I live in rural Arkansas, my indoor layouts can only accommodate 1 - 3 people and my outside layouts are in relative disrepair.

Our small group gave up on organized activities several years ago. Now we just visit each other once in awhile. The other most active friend recently had a stroke & now has less mobility than I do.

The local AL & VFW may have large memberships but not many are there on any given day.

To paraphrase the Marines, I'm just looking for a few good (railroaders).

I've been thinking along the lines of something I might wear (cap or vest etc.) but that might seem disrespectful of not wearing a Legion or VFW cap or vest.

I'm not losing sleep over this but there may be potential friends out there yet to be met. I have been away from the military scene for many years and it is part of their daily lives. I want to respect that.
 

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I made up an Army train. Cars reflect my time in the army in Vietnam and the local guard unit(tanks) afterwards. K line 1/32 locos, so I bashed some 1/32 stuff into my gun jeep and gun truck in my company in Nam. Choppers escorted my convoys, so have them and the Sea Land container trailer I made, we had those in our convoys.

Vets are like us though Jerry-old, except for the newere guys of Iraq/Afghanistan.
 

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How about asking the leaders at one or the other veterans organizations about setting up a loop around the Christmas tree? If you used LGB R3 curves, you could run some larger, potentially more interesting trains, than the shorter two axle engines and cars.

You could ask for volunteers to help with the running. This might open the door for members interested in model trains to make themselves known.

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To many Jerry's in this thread. Anyway, I am with Jerry Barnes get a military consist going. I get a lot of vets who talk to me at shows about either how they use to load the trains up or were a crew member of vehicles on the train all the time:

 

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Believe it or not I don't even have enough spare track to make an R1 loop. I sold all my surplus track to friends and at local shows. The main thing everyone wants is G gauge track.

On the other hand I do have an LGB western store display that is sitting downstairs. My plan was to take it to local shows but it got to be too much work for me to try and move it by myself.

I have a new friend (army vet) who recently joined my local American Legion. Between us, we can probably get the display to the local legion hall to coincide with some holiday event. If we do it for the kids, the post vets will also see it - so that is probably a really good idea.

I don't have any army stuff for trains but I have flatcars that could be converted. I guess I'll have to start looking.

Thanks,

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At the last American Legion meeting it was brought up that the Post plans to keep a book including member's military and non-military personal history.

I mentioned that we know little or nothing of our member's hobbies & interests and that perhaps the book could include hobbies & interests - if the members wished to provide that information.

The idea was well received.

Jerry
 

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Jerry,

Good timing with this comment............

Earlier this month, my son (a combat medic with the 1st CAV in Iraq 2004-05) escorted me back to Ft. Riley, Kansas for the 50 Year Reunion of my old unit, 9th Inf Div. We trained and deployed from Ft. Riley to the Mekong Delta Vietnam in 1966. Anyway during breakfast at the hotel, the conversation turned to hobbies and specifically model railroading. In a second I was tapped on the shoulder by a fellow vet from the 9th and he commented that he couldn't help overhear about the model railroading. This guy said he was deeply involved in Fn3 and On3. AND he is a fireman and conductor who works for the Cumbres and Toltec! He also knows Jim Stapleton (Dr. Rivet on MLS).

Another vet at the Reunion I had not seen since he was wounded late in our combat tour, went to HS with a member of Los Angeles Live Steamers and a fellow disabled Vietnam vet. I also am friends with this member. Small world.
 

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Jerry,

Good timing with this comment.............

Another vet at the Reunion I had not seen since he was wounded late in our combat tour, went to HS with a member of Los Angeles Live Steamers and a fellow disabled Vietnam vet. I also am friends with this member. Small world.
Hi Gary,

It occurred to me that I can take an undecorated LGB 69232 American Tender and possibly put a American Legion emblem on one side and a VFW symbol on the opposite side. I might take another 69232 and put Autism Awareness emblems on both sides. That way a single train could be used to bring attention to all 3 organizations.

It also occurred to me that a lot of American legion members put various pins on their post caps. I doubt there would be any objection if I put pins from various train shows on the side of my post cap.

As a side note to other (all) vets, I was able to get a $400 Military discount on a John Deere mower I just bought.

GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards is proud to offer a free Platinum 1 membership to anyone that is serving or has served our country.

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All current and former members of the US military. This includes: US Marines, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy, US Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves - with active, reserve, retired, or veteran status

https://www.deere.com/en_US/campaig...rvice/greenfleet-rewards-service-members.page

I just emailed a copy of my DD214 to John Deere and 2 days later I bought the mower and received the discount (discount is determined by John Deer product purchased). In my case I had already determined what I was going to buy.

It is nice to discover discounts for my service from 50 years ago.

Jerry
 

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Might check with Lowe's and Home Depot as they give a 10% vet discount as well. I have retired ID and show that. The SGM Assoc. here is really good about puttin gout who gives discounts
 

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Might check with Lowe's and Home Depot as they give a 10% vet discount as well. I have retired ID and show that. The SGM Assoc. here is really good about putting out who gives discounts
Here Lowe's is good about discounts but Home Depot seems to change frequently. Since I am neither active duty nor retired (but I am CAP) vet discounts vary.

I am not familiar with The SGM Assoc.

It used to be easy to get on base here with CAP ID but that too has changed. These days about the only military contact I have is with some of the guys at the American Legion.
 
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