96-Year-Old Uses VFW in Yakima to Stay Young
Todays Wear Red Story isn't hard to find if you come down to the VFW right around 11 to noon. You'll find Osie Young down here and he serves the VFW just as much as they serve him
"I just sit there and have a beer," said Young
Young is 96 years young. He was drafted into the Army during World War II at the age of 22, having to move away from his wife and infant son.
"Naturally nobody wants to go... When you got a family you know, but after though you're glad you did it," said Young
When Young served he never saw action but took care of the wounded as they arrived, as he says, 'by the boat load' to a makeshift hospital set up in an old school house near Honolulu. Since he was discharged in 1947 Young has been transfering between VFW posts wherever his life took him along the west coast. In 1983 he settled in yakima for good-- Young began coming to post 379 every day and joined the gun squad.. its part of a routine that keeps him active with fellow vets.
"Go to American Legion...VFW...back home," Young said with a laugh.
Volunteering on the gun squad means he is also on the funeral team.. he is part of many ceremonies in memory of servicemen and women throughout the year
"Do you get a lot of joy in volunteering?" I asked
"Oh ya thats the only thing I've got to keep me going"
The volunteering keeps Young 'going' but its the community atmosphere that keeps him coming back
"We were talking a little bit about how you help them but how has the VFW been helping you?"I asked. "Well the way they are helping me... Is to let me associate with them," replied Young
An association that holds high regards for the 96-year-old. Even at that age he continues to look towards the next milestone and celebrating it at the VFW Post
"I'm just looking forward to being a hundred years old and see whats going to happen here"