I'm sure glad he has that option. It's the very reason these clubs exist in the first place, although it's rarely mentioned. A place to be where everyone 'gets it', whatever the 'it' happens to be depending on personal experience. Everyone there understands, without having to know the exact reasons for a 'bad day' because most have had their own bad days.
It's why figuring out how to get more members is so important. Most think these are simply social clubs for vets, but it's far deeper than that. OTOH, there is a social club component and it's the first reason people first walk in.
I agree- it is important for vets to know about and join the VFW. I never even thought of it as a “social club”.
When he was medically retired the VFW was one of the first places he went. He said it was like a breath of fresh, smoke-filled air;) ...received a very warm welcome and mostly- the relief of being with guys- no matter their age-who got it.