Historic VFW post at risk of closing receives help from communit - WNEM TV 5

Historic VFW post at risk of closing receives help from community

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A historic Veterans of Foreign Wars post was in need of a new furnace or they could have been forced to close.

VFWs provide a place for veterans who have served overseas to meet others. It is also a place that helps give them resources when they need it.

But without a working furnace they couldn't get people in the door for fundraisers.

Neal Ketterer is the junior vice of VFW Post 822 in Flint. It is the second oldest post in Michigan.

After 100 years, the post was on the verge of closing its doors because of a faulty furnace.

“We don’t get as many people or members coming in here because of the conditions and stuff like that as we used to,” Ketterer said.

The post usually raise funds by hosting events like fish frys and poker tournaments, but with low turnout they have barely raised any money this year.

That’s why they called the TV5 Rescue Squad for help.

Ketterer said fixing the broken furnace could cost upwards of $8,500, something that could leave their pockets empty and force them to close.

“We have nowhere near that in the budget. The money that we have and it’d take us quite a while to raise those type of funds,” Ketterer said.

Without the VFW, more than 150 active members would lose the place they go for veteran support.

“This is the only place that some have. We have members that don’t have any family and we are their family,” Ketterer said.

After the story aired on TV5, Adkisson Air 1 Heating and Cooling reached out to help.

"Adkissons came out and replaced our furnaces and air conditioners with brand-new equipment at no cost to us," Ketterer said.

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