AMVETS Post 54 had to take a knee for COVID-19 like everybody else, but now its members are “coming back with a vengeance for the county and the community,” Commander Gary Spurgeon said. On Tuesday, the Post presented one $5,000 check to the Fraternal Order of Police and another to Sarah’s Friends.

“The shutdown was rough,” Spurgeon said. “We had to shut down from March 15 to June 1 but the utility bills kept coming. We made the most of it though, striped the floors and repainted.

“We’re back now and we want veterans to know we’re here to help, just like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. In fact, we share a lot of the same members,” Spurgeon said.

The post conducts fundraisers throughout the year to support community programs as well as its own Project Dignity for veterans in local nursing homes.

On Aug. 15 the post will host a parking lot party with a live band from 7-11 p.m. “Bring your own chairs and social distance yourselves,” Spurgeon said.

Aug. 16 it will host a family-friendly ice cream social and Sept. 11 is “Bike Night” with another live band. Check out the AMVETS Post 54 Facebook page for more details.

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