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Veterans clubs hope gambling can rescue finances

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Some veterans groups think video gambling might be the key to fixing finances hurt by membership declines.

But some say the wait to add video gambling machines in their clubs can be long.

Bill Geary is corporate secretary of Wauconda American Legion Post 911 in the Chicago suburb. He said the addition of video gambling machines in February 2013 has meant the difference between losing money and making money.

Mike Stojak of American Legion Post 673 in Huntley tells the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights (http://bit.ly/1plXKhw ) that his club spent two years applying to the state before finally getting machines in February.

He says the legion post is now making money.

But Chuck Slack of the VFW post in Carpentersville says what the clubs really need is new members.

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