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Local VFW posts brace for new COVID-19 related restrictions

Posted at 11:34 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 02:35:08-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Local VFW posts are bracing for the new restrictions to kick-in on Saturday.

The restrictions result from an increase in COVID-19 cases in the county, putting the county in the state's purple tier, the tier with the toughest covid-19 related restrictions.

Mike Hill, the post commander at VFW 5985 in Pacific Beach, says they are already struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic because of the restrictions.

"There are 22 VFW posts and more American Legion posts through San Diego County, and all of us rely on having events and having people coming to our canteen, which is sort of military for a bar and spend money there, and that helps support us," Hill said. "We've eaten up most of our savings to pay the bills while we've been closed."

He says they have relied on donations so far and will be needing more the longer the pandemic lasts.

"I will tell you the members, and I will be dialing for dollars," Hill said. He says they will start within their members first, then the community.

"We'll reach out to the community and hope that some of them will value this place that's been in the community for 90 years and let it still be a home for veterans to be around other veterans," he said.

VFW 5985 has been closed most days except Tuesdays and Fridays to make meals for dozens of veterans, their families, and those who need it. The post was open on Veteran's Day.