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Waverly's new veterans post moving closer to goal

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Four veterans organizations in Waverly hope to soon be under one roof.  The American Legion, AmVets, Marine Corps League and VFW are raising money to build a new multi-post complex.  We checked in on the project's progress and why the groups say a new building is needed.

The VFW Post in Waverly hosts a community pancake breakfast each month.  The food is prepared in a tiny, outdated kitchen.  And this time of year, it's tough to keep the 50 year old building warm.

"The heat, I mean, it just doesn't work well.  If you have the heat on, people can't hear you when you talk.  If you turn the heat off, immediately it's cold.  There's no insulation in the walls," said Milora Johanns, co-chair of the Waverly Vets Post Patriot Committee.

That's part of the reason the VFW wants to build a new post at this location.  In addition, a new space would offer the chance to bring multiple veterans groups together in one building.  The VFW currently shares space with the AmVets, which saw their building demolished just last week after FEMA bought the property heavily damaged by the 2008 floods.  And on top of that…

"The Legion was flooded and damaged.  And the Marine Corps League doesn't have a building.  So over the last couple years, the Waverly Area Vets Post has worked very hard on figuring out how to merge under one umbrella without taking away anyone's identity," said Janell Miller, co-chair of the Waverly Vets Post Patriot Committee.

The organizations believe the new multi-post facility will be the solution.  To date, they've raised nearly $1 million of the $2.5 million needed to build.  The vets groups hope the new digs will be able to offer better space and resources for both current members and younger veterans just looking to join their ranks.

"The new vets aren't exactly like the old ones.  There's a lot of issues with being able to Skype with a loved one that's overseas.  You can bring the family members in here and they could.  We'll have computers in here and things--that's one of our dreams.  We just want a place where the families can come and gather and know that there's someone there if they need help," Johanns said.

And every dollar raised at breakfasts, like the one held Sunday, will help make the new post a reality soon.

The Waverly VFW hosts a community pancake breakfast the third weekend of each month.  It's open to the public.  And from now on, all proceeds from those meals will benefit the Waverly Veterans Post project.  If you'd like to help, the next breakfast is set for January.  Ground will be broken for the new building once 75 percent of the needed funds have been raised.

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