PERTH AMBOY – VFW Post #663 has dissolved, a victim of time. According to former Post Commander Stanley Lease, the majority of the post’s members were World War II veterans and it wasn’t able to recruit enough younger veterans to sustain itself.
While other veterans organizations have more lenient requirements, the Veterans of Foreign Wars limits membership to those who served overseas during wartime, Lease said. He also noted that in Perth Amboy, new veterans were more likely to join the American Legion after the VFW Post sold its building several years ago.
The proceeds from that sale were used to benefit local organizations, such as Junior ROTC programs at Perth Amboy schools, the ROTC program at Rutgers University, the Salvation Army and scholarship funds, according to Lease.
Members of VFW Post #663 may continue in the organization as members-at-large, or they may join nearby posts such as those in Fords or Woodbridge, Lease said.
Post #663 was mustered on March 15, 1921 and was named in honor of Sgt. John B. Egan of Perth Amboy. He was killed in France a month before the end of the first World War.
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