Pandemic may force Bronx American Legion post to close after more then 60 years
An American Legion post in the Bronx is in danger of closing due to the effects of the pandemic.
The Samuel H. Young Post Number 620 established its home in the Bronx in 1948 after it had previously been operating out of Manhattan. It is named after a WWI army corporal and Bronx resident who was killed in combat.
Leaders at the post say they would normally get income to pay the bills by renting the space out for events, but the pandemic has put a stop to gatherings for months. They say the post's closure would be disastrous for the veterans it serves.
"You are taking away a support for a lot of the veterans in the neighborhood," says Sam H. Young Post 620 Commander Owen Mangan. "You're taking away a place the community has used for years."
The facility has welcomed veterans from every conflict throughout its tenure and connected them with important services.
Veterans are hanging on to hope and taking comfort that they have been through tough times before and made it through.
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