LA - There will be a DU military dinner Dec 2. See the link for the contact info about that event. This event will save you active duty guys some money since everything is lower than for the civilan dinners. I don't think you have to sign the kids up for G'Wing memberships in order for them to get some food. Call Reese on the link and get the full info from him. Raffle tickets for half price prior to the event, that would be nice.
As to giving money to DU (or any other org) it does not have much to do with what you get back. AK is one of the top money making states for DU per number of DU members. How much of that is put back into AK? Not much since AK is one big swamp anyway. However about 85% of that money is used where it is needed in the L48. With all the wetland loss issues in the midwest they need support in order to battle the farmers, the government, and developers.
And in case you guys don't know it yet, but the DU national convention will be held in Anchorage at the end of May, 2007. I am wondering how many vendors are going to ship stuff up here for that event. Could be cool seeing reps from all over the US up here.