South Huntsville Neighbors November 2021 Veterans Issue
Post 2702 was founded 75 years ago with a new VFW charter. Max Luther donated the land that the building sits on. In 1954, several of the original members mortgaged their homes to finance the building. The goal was to have a place where the community could come together. The original plans were shown to have a spot for a bowling alley and an Olympic size pool, while that never happened it did prevent the post from having over 2500 members at its peak. As years passed the acreage was subdivided and now the post’s building sits on 5 acres.
As time went on the post fell on hard times. The VFW was viewed more as a bar within a building. “We Are Not a Bar,” said Post Commander Jimmie Sapp.
In 2015, several Vietnam Era veterans that became involved to keep the post going, and over the past six years, that post has grown both in membership and community involvement.