Veterans of Foreign Wars to host donation drive Saturday

The Brownsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.2035 invites the community to participate in their donation drive from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday at 1801 Veterans Blvd.

In a press release, the VFW said the COVID-19 pandemic closures impacted them severely since they had to close their post’s canteen.

“The Post’s Canteen raises 80 percent of the funds needed for the VFW to pay mortgage and other utility bills or our hall,” VFW said.

The Brownsville VFW Post No. 2035 is the largest hall in the region and the seven-month closure has made it impossible for them to meet the bills.

“Without your help the Post would close permanently,” VFW said.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.

They trace their roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves, the official website reads.

“Closing post No. 2035 would affect Brownsville’s Veterans of Foreign Wars in many ways, including VFW’s would lose a supportive place to gather and share their war experiences, traumas and very lives,” VFW said.

“VFW’s will no longer have a central location to find guidance about their VA benefits and resources, VFW’s and their families would not have a place to receive assistance with various needs.”

In addition, officials said the VFW’s would not be able to serve the local community through flag raising ceremonies, school presentations, military rights at gravesides of fallen comrades, public forums promoting civic engagement and advocacy for all veterans.

There are several ways to help the organization such as making a one-time donation, becoming a monthly donor, attending the donation event on Saturday or sponsoring a bill such as the Post’s mortgage of $3,650.

Checks and money orders can be made out to VFW Post 2035 1801 Veterans Blvd, Brownsville, Texas 78521.

Fore more information contact Post Quarter Master Felipe Landin at (956) 541-3671.

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