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Lonely Brandon veterans excited to return to renovated American Legion

Published: Apr. 11, 2021 at 9:15 AM EDT
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BRANDON, Vt. (WCAX) - Bars and social clubs were closed for quite some time due to the pandemic.

But one gathering spot for folks in Brandon chose to make the most of it.

Isolation has been tough on everybody, especially our seniors.

“We don’t see many people right now,” Post 55 Commander Burton Reynolds said.

The 94-year-old WWII Marine Corps veteran is no exception. This former Super Senior has always been a pretty active guy.

“I’ve skydived and I’ve parasailed and I’ve ziplined -- all since I’ve been in my 80s,” he said.

He’s one of many veterans looking forward to getting back to the Brandon American Legion for a little fun.

“They call me the one-drink guy because I come down at the meetings and I have one drink and that’s about it,” Reynolds joked.

What’s even better than just coming back?

“Most of our members are so happy to be able to come back to the Post. For just communication, psychological reasons and just to hang out. You know? We miss that,” said executive board member and Army veteran Aaron Tucker.

Coming back to a shiny new space!

“It [has] older lights, older ceiling, the walls are paneled, we just needed a lift up,” Tucker said.

During the pandemic-induced closure, members at Post 55 decided the space needed a facelift.

With $5,000 raised from the community and a helping hand from community members and construction companies, the social quarters will be brand new by the end of the month.

Whether it be for chicken barbecues, bingo or just a regular meeting, these vets are looking forward to capacity restrictions fully lifted and a good time with friends.

“You know, we’re not young like we used to be. But we can party! This is just a nice surrounding of friends, which is good,” Tucker said.

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