VFW Post 2895 leaders hoping to “rise from the ashes” after fire destroys building

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – A group that helps local veterans is now needing a helping hand after a fire destroyed their building.

THE VFW in Cleveland is hoping to rise from the ashes and they are grateful for the communities support to do just that.

“We lost our memories, we lost a lot but now we have an opportunity. And that’s what we have to look at we have an opportunity to get bigger better and stronger.”

It’s been almost two weeks since the VFW post 28-95 burned down. It took more than 12 hours for crews to put the fire out.

Leaders of the organization say the news was devasting, but Saturday there was a revolving door of supporters for their fundraising held at the American Legion.

“If one person had come, we would’ve been pleased. Just shows we are two different organization, but we are one big family.”

There was one thing that survived the fire.

Members of the American Legion salvaged the keypad from the V-F-W’s building.

The groups say they will help them until they build their new location.

“Made a little joke a little while ago. You remember the cartoon… Road Runner. He popped up the little suitcase in the building came out. I wish it was that easy but it’s not. It’ll take some time”

Until that time, they will both continue to support the veterans in the Bradley County community together… no matter how long it takes.

“We’re going to rise from the ashes and we’re going to be better”


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