Monday, June 22, 2015

Albany VFW Post Alcohol Free And Support Priceless

Local vet offers alcohol-free VFW
CBS 6 News
May 25, 2015
“You know, we'll get WiFi in here, we'll put some small food items out,” Porter said. “And then a coffee selection, some teas, you know, to have them have a place where they can relax and enjoy the company of fellow veterans."
Monday, May 25 2015

ALBANY -- While Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice one local veteran is working to help those who came home from serving and are now struggling. 

“When I think there's usually no boxes,” former Marine Robert “BAR” Porter said. “People say, ‘Think outside the box,’ and I go, 'There's a box?'"

Porter got the keys to 481 Washington Avenue in Albany late last week when he took over as an officer at VFW Post 1019. He says the taps here have been dry for five years and he wants to keep it that way.

“The veterans community, the military community, is a very alcohol-related environment,” Porter said. VFW posts typically serve as a place for vets to get together, have a drink and swap war stories. But Porter says when VFW Post 1019 didn't renew its liquor license because the insurance was too expensive with the dwindling membership he thought that was just as well.
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