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Local 149 Doubles their Donation!

This post is very late in coming, but the acknowledgement is just the same. As we mentioned prior, Local 149 held a Tiki Party raising funds for the Veterans for Foreign Wars Post 6536 & Scavenger in Southie! In total, $295 was raised through Local’s raffle at the R. St Barth launch. The restaurant’s parent company, The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, matched the raffle pot and added $5 for good measure.

Local 149 Director of Operations Sam Bonanno surprised Victoria from Scavenger in Southie with a check with the doubled donation! Let’s hear it for our Veterans!!

We want to give a HUGE thanks to Local 149 & Sam Bonanno for their support of the South Boston community!

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Hunt Day is near and we have plenty of mini events and other news lined up for you guys that we post to our other social media sites. We are on twitter, facebook, pinterest, flickr, and now foursquare! Check us out for other, exculsive information on each site that you might not find here.

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The War Zone at Home

Andrew Square VFW Post 6536

Andrew Square VFW Post 6536

Why more Vets are Dying in America than those Overseas

Paul Egan had his wedding reception in the hall at the Andrew Square VFW Post 6536 in South Boston, MA, while he was on leave from war in Vietnam. He’s seen hundreds of functions held there, from christenings, to birthdays, and at one time Boy and Girl Scout meetings. Hidden behind the Andrew Square T stop in an unassuming tan building, the VFW actually reminded me of rest stops in Kuwait on our way into and out of the Middle East.

Paul has been Quartermaster at the Andrew Square VFW since 2007. One of 14 children, three of his eight brothers went to Vietnam in 1969. By 1972, all four of the Egans had returned – something virtually unheard of.

“I can’t reach them…”

He has dealt with numerous demons himself, but Mr. Egan’s number one concern is that he “can’t reach the new guys. The new vets don’t want to go get help.” He’s talking about the new veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America organization has over 200,000 members, and the estimated actual numbers of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars hovers around 2 million. Who Mr. Egan is really talking about I think, though, are the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan here in South Boston.

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Andrew Square VFW Post #6536 Now Official Beneficiary!

It is now official

Scavenger in Southie can now start accepting donations to benefit the Andrew Square VFW Post 6536 in South Boston!

I spent an amazing two hours last night speaking with the Quartermaster and other veterans and will be updating ALL weekend with posts and photos of my visit. I might have some video, too! These are amazing men, open and honest with themselves and the stories that shaped – and continue to shape – their lives.

Register to Play in the scavenger hunt or Donate to the VFW here on the site.

VFW Interview Notes

Notes from my interview – and video too! I didn’t come fully prepared and had to borrow an envelope to continue writing. I wasn’t expecting this!

Interested in this story and want to get involved? Know a vet in South Boston? Have you ever even seen the VFW building? Leave a comment below.


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South Boston Vets Need Kudos, Pizzaz – Raising Funds

It all started with a Challenge

Are you “on the court” or “in the stands” in the game of life?

I took a challenge from my friend Jeneen Terrana (who is holding a fundraiser in NYC) to raise $50,000 for the VFWs on Ellery St. That’s why I’m holding Scavenger in Southie – to have fun and raise money for veterans!

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