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It's time we pay back our vets: community call to save VFW

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[December 31, 2009]  It's just a building. Not a specifically handsome one at that. Who should care if it falls back into the hands of a lender? After all, it means nothing to us.

But it should. And if you think about it for a moment, it does.

It does because the moment that first group of World War I and World War II vets proudly named it after Peter and Edward Cronin, two local brothers killed in World War I, it meant everything, not only to the vets, but to the community as well.

It became not only a place where our veterans could gather; it honored two from our community who gave the full measure of sacrifice with their deaths.

It turned from being a building into a lasting tribute to recognize and formalize that we remember, we never forget all those who fought and died or who have fought and lived for our freedoms.

It became still more with the coming of every other veteran over eight decades who served our country nobly and upon coming home decided Post 1756 was their post.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Cronin Brothers Post 1756 is in jeopardy of being lost, and that should have every person in this community who for a moment is proud to be an American ready to pitch in and prevent this from happening.

The veterans fell into a precarious situation like so many other businesses and families have these past few years. They took on an expansion with the hope of being able to offer a better, more modern facility for the community to use, not realizing a recession would shrink revenues past the point of sustainability.

And so they don't see a way out of their financial problems without an infusion of cash to save their home, their meeting place -- our home, our meeting place -- and we must help.

The membership, including the auxiliary, are all scrappers, and they have a plan in motion to get their finances back on track and put the post on solid financial ground for the foreseeable future.

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But that plan will mean nothing, it will do nothing without all of us getting involved.

There are many ways we all can help, and they all can make the difference to the vets.

Businesses can donate goods or services for the auctions. Volunteers can offer to sell raffle tickets or 50/50 tickets at their business or within their sphere of influence.

People can send donations to the VFW Building Fund, care of State Bank of Lincoln.

But there is still more we can all do.

We can decide to be present on Jan. 30 at the VFW to donate and to buy and to support the veterans' efforts. Schools can decide to have a day of collecting money for the vets. Churches and church groups can say, "We won't let this happen. Let's pitch in and make sure it doesn't."

Clubs, civic organizations and even neighborhoods can collectively help get the VFW's mortgage paid down as well.

No one person or business needs to do it all. We all just need to do a small portion and the post will be saved. These are our veterans we are talking about. We can't let them down. They didn't let us down when they served us and our country. It is our time to repay their sacrifices with a small one of ours. Together we will. It's what we do as a community.


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Veterans fight to save VFW post, look to the community for help


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