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The former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2936 commander said he “welcomes” the state Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars’s investigation.

An investigation was called on the post, at 525 Caroline St., after electric and phone services were disconnected abruptly in October.

Former Commander Larry Latimer, who said he hoped to have an overdue bill paid and power to the building restored, resigned his post two weeks ago.

“The post is unfortunately in a bad position when the team comes up to do an investigation, but hopefully it will get some kind of funds to keep the post active and we’ll still have a place for the members to call home,” Mr. Latimer said Wednesday. “I am welcoming the investigation. It is a good thing, and I support it 100 percent.”

Mr. Latimer said he stepped down as commander because of a lack of participation from other members and officers.

“Basically there were not enough funds coming in to pay the bills, and we had the lack of members that came in to participate,” he said. “A lot of our members are working, elderly or unable to come into the post. It’s unfortunate that it had to come to this.”

Mr. Latimer said that he did not know off hand the exact amount of money that was owed on the post’s past due bills but that it was “definitely in the few thousands.”

“I am hoping the team will come up with a solution,” he said. “It would be a definite loss for the community if it does end up closing.”

The VFW regularly holds flag burnings and community events supporting the Wounded Warrior Project and Fort Drum, and its color guard marches in parades all over St. Lawrence County.

The state and district VFW commanders will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. today at the Dobisky Visitors Center to discuss the future of the post. The meeting is open only to VFW and auxiliary members.

Mr. Latimer said he will be at the meeting.

“You have to have support from all your members and your officers,” he said. “You’re going to need a whole line of officers to commit and no one can do it by themselves.”

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