Dear Editor of Tap Into Sparta,

The Sparta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7248 members would like to respond to recent comments about our post in the article “Visioning Committee Seeks to Shape Sparta’s Future Look.”

It is our desire that the post, located directly across from the Sparta Town Hall and Police Department, continue to provide a community resource to the our Veterans, their families and the entire community. We are honored to uphold the desires of the Sanford family who granted use of the land to the VFW in the 1950’s.

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We were much grieved that Mayor Jerry Murphy of Sparta would state “The VFW is a sorry building that used to be a garage, the old ambulance building. Trying to fix it is throwing good money after bad…If we knocked down the VFW maybe we could put in underground parking, partner with [Stop & Shop] developer.”

Our members are extremely proud of our service and have been spending long hours in the past months in developing a long term strategic vision for the future of our post. Part of this strategic plan is the immediate restoration of the post hall so that it can continue to be a place to further our vision of fostering camaraderie among United States Veterans of overseas conflicts and serving our Veterans, the military and our communities. It is our vision that we will ensure that Veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made.

We are excited to continue our long standing partnerships with the Sparta Fraternal Order of Police, Blue Knights and Boy Scout Troop 95 and to continue to engage with other local non-profit organizations such as our recent endeavors with the Junior Woman’s Club of Sparta. As our youngest service members continue to return home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with devastating physical and mental injuries, we are honored to be able to provide them with the support that they have earned through the greatest sacrifices of themselves and their families.

The Sparta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7248 thanks Tap Into Sparta for the opportunity to respond to these comments and thank the residents of Sparta Township and the surrounding communities for their on-going support of all our Veterans. We look forward to inviting the community to our Ribbon Cutting ceremony in the Spring of 2016 when we complete the first phase of renovations to our historic facility.

Thank you for your continued support of our Veterans and their families