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Community, business step up to help Kansas’ oldest VFW post stay open

Published: Dec. 27, 2020 at 3:04 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2020 at 3:04 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020: The oldest Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Kansas gets a much-needed boost from the Wichita community and beyond, as well as a business that anonymously chipped in a large donation.

VFW Post 112 was at risk of shutting down its Wichita facility. Like many nonprofits, the post has struggled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commander Martin Garcia said because of shutdowns in the community, the post hasn’t been able to raise funds like it normally would.

Since Eyewitness News aired the story about the post’s need over the weekend, the nonprofit has received an outpouring of support. The GoFundMe campaign has reached its $5,000 goal. The business, choosing to remain anonymous, also stepped up to donate twice the amount the post was asking for, pledging to donate $10,000.

Commander Garcia said he is grateful for the community’s support.

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020:

The oldest Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Kansas needs help from the community. VFW Post 112 is at risk of shutting down its facility in Wichita.

Like many nonprofits, the post, which has been open since January 1920, is struggling this year due to the pandemic.

Commander Martin Garcia said because of shutdowns in the community they haven’t been able to raise funds like they normally would.

Garcia says since October, the post started offering free mental health clinics for veterans and first responders -- so shutting down right now would really affect them.

“That’s the main thing that the post is here for; to help us build that sense of community, and for me I can’t think of anybody better than to lead that effort than veterans. We invested in our country but the mission doesn’t just stop once we get out of the military it continues on,” Garcia said.

A GoFundMe is available to help raise funds for the post.

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