Desert Hot Springs, CA
This veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Desert Hot Springs is in danger of closing its doors. The problem, it’s losing aging members and new members are rare.
Jeff Horton who helps run this post says it’s a trend he doesn’t want this post to fall victim to, "It’s becoming sad that we’re losing these posts at a dramatic rate of lack of membership, lack of membership is what actually takes a post down to the ground."
Coachella Valley’s last remaining independent VFW post has been serving veterans of combat meals and cold beer for 40 years but for veterans, it’s more than that.
"It is an invaluable resource we do have a service officer for the post and and the service officer’s job here at our post is to make sure to help those veterans get their benefits i.e. may be a claim or they’re homeless and we need to get them on the HUD VASH program or they’re being suicidal or homicidal," says Horton.
But more than anything for combat veterans this place is their safe space.
"I can come in and I can sit everywhere and I feel comfortable cause I know nobody’s going to come out from the back, okay, that’s what it means to me," says Michael Lutz, a Vietnam veteran.
And veterans who join the non profit can count on always having family.
"No matter what he went through, you know, this is home you’re welcome right here," says Lutz.
Because after what they sacrificed for all of us veterans deserve a little place of their own.
"We did it because America is the land of the free and we wanted to keep America safe for all citizens," says Lutz.
They restaurant is open to the public and welcome sponsors. They need at least 85 new active members to stay open.
1 Club House Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241