‘We’re hurting’: VFW post in Harlingen in need of repairs to remain open

2 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, January 13 2022 Jan 13, 2022 January 13, 2022 6:49 PM January 13, 2022 in News - Local

A Valley veterans group known for their service to the community is now in need of help.

A mix of severe weather and the pandemic is now threatening the future of Harlingen's VFW Post 2410. 

"We have a mission, and that is to help veterans and their families,” VFW Post 2410 Judge Advocate Carlos Tamayo III said. “But we’re hurting.” 

They’ve seen less people in the building due to COVID, and a pipe burst during the February 2021 freeze.

The veterans continue to serve the entire Rio Grande Valley with fundraisers for several charities, providing backpacks for kids, and even helping families with bills – all of which comes from their own pockets. 

All the work, money and time is now at risk.

“It became a critical issue several days ago when we literally didn't have the lights on,” Tamayo said. “We didn't have the money [for] electricity and they turned the power off."

The post will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2006 Whalen Road in Harlingen. Chicken plates will be sold for $8. 

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