Brentwood, New York (CBSNewYork) -On the eve of Veterans Day, someone called for help to the troubled veterans hall.
Due to the loss of a large amount of money and lives during the pandemic, the positions of the VFW and the U.S. Army are in danger of being closed.
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They are not just bricks and mortars. The positions of these veterans have a soul, and the veterans have been united for more than a century.
“It’s a matter of gathering and fellowship feeling. It’s more like a bond,” said Joe Clark, Commander of the 1066 Legion Post.
But they are struggling. There was little persistence before the pandemic, and the COVID took away the lives of members and important income from the banquet.
Brentwood’s VFW was built by veterans of World War II and could not be opened. Water hazards are everywhere, from roof leaks in the 1950s.
Sabrina Lacy, the military doctor, is trying to save it.
“The ceiling is leaking, and the other part is leaking from the air conditioner,” she said.
“Tell me what you smell,” said Carolyn Gusoff of CBS2.
“Mould. So what we are doing is gutting it,” Lacy said.
They are expensive repairs that take away services from veterans.
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Veterans’ organizations stated that they are not eligible for federal recovery funds because they have no employees. They are seeking infrastructure funding and help from the public to restore banquet reservations.
Hempstead City Councillor Bruce Blakeman said: “Not only will you get a great venue, but you will also do some patriotic things to support our veterans.”
They also need young veterans to join.
“I’m talking to the veterans in your place. You need to support us and get involved,” Lacy said. “We need your help, but you also need us.”
Jacon Pachucki, commander of AMVETS Post 88, said: “It is vital that we have access to fresh blood and continue to take care of older veterans.”
Also at stake? History passed down.
“From the Pearl Harbor incident to Veterans Day to retirement, these are all major events. If you don’t have a house to organize and become a member… they will eventually disappear,” Pachukie said.
Veterans who join these organizations spend less than $50 a year, but maintenance costs are rising.
Insurance is expensive, as are security upgrades. They also need a computer and Wi-Fi.
The veterans asked the public to help keep parts of the US structure intact.
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Since the pandemic, 77 VFW positions have been closed or consolidated nationwide. At least three of them are on Long Island.
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