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JASPER, Ind. (AP) – The Jasper Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that’s seen its membership plunge is being sold after more than seven decades.

VFW Post 673 located along Newton Street had nearly 1,200 members after World War II, but that’s dwindled to about 430 as fewer servicemen join and older veterans pass away. Post member Paul Striegel says the group’s membership now has an average age of 70 and only 28 of the members served in World War II.

Post Commander Dan Beck says the decision to put the post up for sale was difficult, but the group needs to find a smaller location.

The post on Jasper’s north side has been a fixture for more than 70 years.

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