Tuesday, February 12, 2019

VFW Post Donated $350,000...and may have to close

VFW Post in Bedford fighting to save historic hall: ‘This is what we call home’

FOX 8 Cleveland
By Suzanne Stratford
FEBRUARY 11, 2019
Over the years, Post 1082 has donated nearly $350,000 to a number of groups, charities, and scholarship funds.
BEDFORD, Ohio -- They served their country in the military and their community as veterans.

Now, members of VFW Post 1082 in Bedford are fighting to save their historic hall.

“This building's been here since 1932, so we’ve been here a long time,” said Vietnam veteran Willie Adams. ”It’s almost like you’re losing your house; I mean, this is what we call home.”

Much more than brick and mortar, the building on Northfield Road has been a rock for these veterans, and a place where they could feel comfortable and camaraderie.

“This hall is my solace; this is where I need to be and come to relax,” said Vietnam veteran John Freeman. “Nobody in the world other than veterans can empathize with what we feel and how we feel.”

The Post fell on hard times this past year with a number of members passing away or moving out of town and consequently they fell behind in their taxes. They lost the building to foreclosure, but have been trying ever since to buy it back or make a deal to lease it.

However, Adams says, the price has doubled and now without help they will have to leave by February 17.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Adams.

The loss would be devastating for many others in the community as well.
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