Carroll County VFW Post 1773 has elected new officers.  Among the new officials, is commander-elect Martin Rainey. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Rainey:

Martin Rainey

Martin said he was elected new commander and he takes over on the 9th of June. “I think my peers pressured me into it which is no problem. I’ve been active no since I retired in 2007.”

Rainey said his main goal is to keep the community aware about veterans affairs. “There are still a lot of Americans out there unaccounted for. We will have days where any veterans who have been in the service can come in and find out if they are entitled to any benefits. It doesn’t matter if you’re a member or not, if you don’t ask you’ll never know.”

He said the post is having a bit of a problem recruiting younger members. “We have an honor guard for burials and some of the guys are getting up there in age and their knees aren’t the same. So, it’s kind of hard for them to stand out there with the rifles and do the 21 gun salute.” He added the post would appreciate if some of the younger guys would get active.

Rainey said the VFW has been very important in this area because they are the only organization that inform veterans of their rights and what they might be entitled to from the Veterans Administration. “Even if you didn’t go to war if you were injured during your time in the military you are entitled to some kind of care.”

Martin said the VFW is going to honor two veterans that have passed away. “The services will be on Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day. Every year we decide who we’re going to honor and this year two were suggested so we decided to do two of them. Both of these men were outstanding. One was a World War II veteran and the other was a Korean War veteran.”

He added that he would like to see more veterans. “As soon as you retire come out and see what we do. I really didn’t know about the honor guard and all of that until I became a member of the VFW. ” Rainey says every veteran is entitled to these burials and they deserve them. “It’s the last thing in their life as we know it. Sometimes we have a lot of funerals but you have to do what you have to do, and that’s what we do.”