Fighting To Survive: VFW Post 628


The VFW is in a fight for survival. 

It’s in a prime location, but that hasn’t helped with its declining membership.  

The idea of selling the building and relocating came up at a round table discussion with Congresswoman Kristi Noem today. 

“Our revenues are not adding up to a profit, we are operating in the black, we’re losing between forty and sixty thousand dollars a year and we still got to pay taxes, Junior Vice Commander John Taylor said. 

“I’ll do all I can to help if you can think of a way, I’ll help membership drives, promote, show up for stuff, Rep. Kristi Noem said. 

Post 628 has over 1,300 members, but many of them never show up for meetings or frequent the place. 

“There’s no other way to explain it, the cost of operating this facility outweigh our current revenue, we are literally bleeding money,”  Taylor said. 

To increase revenue they want to start an awareness campaign about the VFW and all it has to offer; like a restaurant, bar and video lottery and you don’t need to be a veteran to stop in. 

“The majority of the public doesn’t even know the VFW is open to the public,” Taylor said.   “There are a lot of cars that drive by on Minnesota Avenue every day we’ve been here for years, but people really don’t know what the VFW is and that’s a problem for us.” 

But in the meantime, they are considering selling the building and relocating to a smaller facility; a strategic plan they feel can help them win this battle.  

The property is worth millions.  One of the officers said at one time they were offered $3.5 million for it. 

If you’re a veteran and might be interested in becoming a member of the VFW, or would like to learn more about its hours of operation, we’ve posted a link to Post 628’s web site.

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