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71-year old veteran victim of armed robbery

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Yakima, WASH.--Police are searching for two suspects that held up a 71-year old veteran at gunpoint and demanded cash.

The victim was preparing for his work day Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Yakima when he was assaulted. Members of the post feel shocked and angry.

"How could somebody do that," said Ray "Woody" Webb. "We're here to help the veterans as much as possible."

Police said around 6:30 a.m. one of the VFW employees was opening up when he heard a knock at the back door.

Thinking it was another employee, he opened the door but found two white young men with a gun instead. The victim did not want to talk on camera, but friends said he's doing okay.

"He's a combat vet from Vietnam," said Webb. "He was smart enough to know that he didn't want to push that hornets nest just leave it alone, do what they say and let them get out of here."

The two suspects pointed a handgun at the victim's head and demanded money from the till and safe.

Police said the suspects made off with around $700.

"We are set back," said Webb. "We lost our weekend intake and we're running on a very tight budget so it will affect us. We may have to shut business down for a little bit. I'm not sure."

"We'll go by what the witness and our victim can provide us," said Captain Rod Light of the Yakima Police Department. "Any video surveillance that we may be able to come up with outside the building or from neighboring businesses."

The two suspects are described as young white men around 6 feet tall and very muscular.

Police said this is a very different description from the two teens suspected of robbing a woman near the Dollar Store on Nob Hill and another woman inside her home last week.