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Renovation of The Medford VFW Seen as a Labor of Love

Medford VFW (1) Medford VFW (2)ting the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) building on Long Island Avenue in Medford is a “labor of love” for the member veterans of the hamlet.
The community is supporting their endeavor with a series of fundraisers run by the newly formed group, Operation Restore VFW; spearheaded by Erinkelly Connell and co-founder, Tex Dennerlein. “We’re a great team, members of the Medford Chamber of Commerce, the Legion, Civic and members of the Medford community,” said Erin.
The VFW building dates back to 1897 and has a long history of welcoming our revered veterans. During its 121st year the building was added on to, it originally served as a grange hall for produce that was shipped from Eastern Suffolk. In 1934 ,the building was transformed into the VFW Hall and named after WWI hero, Henry James Jones, who was killed in action in 1918, eleven days before the Armistice was signed.
Erin and Tex, leaders of Girl Scout Troop #1030 approached Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco, with the idea of restoring the building. Erin comes from a family of veterans. “Veterans give so much to our country, it’s important to support their efforts and give back to them,” she avowed.
Acting as program director, Post Commander Bill Hart said, “I am grateful to our local groups for their help restoring this community asset.” He further stated, “We are a very small post and our income is limited.”
Restoring the building not only helps the veterans, but in addition will help the community, giving the various groups a place to meet. “Our veterans add so much to the community-it’s only right that we help them when they need it most,” said Dennerlein.

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