By Wyatt Goolsby
MIDLAND - Their doors are always open, ready to welcome the men and women who have served our country in combat. But now, the local Midland Veterans of Foreign Wars says they need your help. They're short on money to repair their building, and it's falling apart.
On Tuesday, it was pretty easy to see why Commander Dal Davis calls VFW Post 4149 "the Dungeon." The building has been around serving veterans since the late 1940's, and it looks like it.
"It's got the original roof on it, the original paneling, the original paint, it's worn out," Dal Davis, said. "The plumbing is shot, the electricity is shot, and there's no floor coverings at all. It needs a pretty good upgrade."
Davis said plans are in the works to expand and upgrade the building, but it's not as simple as hiring someone to fix up the place. A simple bar is not enough to pay the bills. Plus, the damage is extensive and expensive. One of the only ways the building can make any money is by renting out the dance hall. However, it's not a steady business without air conditioning.
Davis said he has high hopes for the run-down facility, including building a chapel, and a place for younger soliders to bring their families.
"They're doing a tremendous duty for you and me, and that's the least I can do is to be here for them if they need me," Davis explained. "If it's to buy them a bottle of water or to buy them a beer, or just to sit. If they just need to talk. If they just want to know where to go, eat a good meal, all kinds of things. That's what I feel is my job right now that's my duty right now, and I'm going to do it.
If you are interested in donating or finding out more information about the Midland VFW Post 4149, contact: Dal Davis, Post Commander at 683-3997 or 978-1482.