Dear editor:
The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) motto is “No One Does More for Veterans.” But this Veterans Day, our work is being curtailed by the pandemic and by unnecessary government regulations.
Many of our posts possess liquor licenses which classify them as “bars” and require them to close. VFW posts are community hubs providing many essential programs and services. We offer free professional help with Veterans Affairs disability claims. We assist veterans who are homeless or distraught. And we do much more for veterans, for our communities and for our great nation.
We commend Gov. Gavin Newsom’s efforts to protect California. We strive to protect and serve vulnerable communities as well. However, we have asked that our posts be reclassified. This Veterans Day we encourage everyone to help the veterans around them. And if you can, we ask that you urge your elected officials to reclassify our posts, so that we may resume serving our veterans.

John G. Lowe
State Commander
VFW Department of California