Magazine article VFW Magazine

California Post Puts Extra Funds to Philanthropic Use

Magazine article VFW Magazine

California Post Puts Extra Funds to Philanthropic Use

Article excerpt

Sacramento Post 85 donates $166,000 in supplies to local VA medical centers.

About 10 years ago, VFW Post 85 in Sacramento, Calif., was faced with a decision as the Post home fell into disrepair. When aging members could no longer complete the necessary building maintenance themselves, and with the cost for constant preventive work skyrocketing, they decided it best to sell the facility.

Rather than build a new location, members of the Post opted to rent space. They were able to invest the extra money from the sale of the old building while weighing their next move.

Post 85 eventually came across a golden opportunity for meeting space with the help of VFW Post 67, also in Sacramento. According to Post 85 Quartermaster Bob Reinaldo, Post 67 receives funding from the county for its work with vets and allowed Post 85 members also to meet there without charge. Reinaldo said they have been doing so for about three years.

With their newfound savings, Post 85 members thought it was time to do something charitable with their invested earnings. About a year ago, an investment committee was developed and given the authority to disburse the funds in ways that would benefit the local veteran community. In 2013 alone, that meant donating $166,000 worth of supplies to medical facilities in the nearby cities of Mather and Martinez, both part of the VA Northern California Health Care System.

Items donated to the centers included two ADA-certified golf carts, 38 wheelchairs, 55 widescreen televisions and other various recreation items, such as a pool table, four picnic tables and 25 guitars. …

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