ST. CLOUD -- Veterans Day is just around the corner and this week on our Around the Town series we went to St. Cloud VFW Post 428.
Ken Schwagel is the post commander.
"I served four years, six months, nine days [in the Navy]. I did a tour in country and I served two and half years off the gun line."
Post 428 will be going to a special event honoring veterans at the V.A. Medical Center Saturday.
"We're helping them with a Veterans Day presentation they are giving to the veterans at 1:30 in the afternoon. It's open to the public, it's in building eight."
Schwagel says their goal at the VFW is to support vets as much as possible.
"What we typically try to do is assist veterans 365 days out of the year, especially those that are in need."
On Friday’s during the News at Noon Show, WJON Reporter Chrissy Gaetke travels around the St. Cloud metro area to highlight local celebrations, businesses and charity events. Do you have a suggestion of where she should go? Email [email protected]
Videographer Justin LaBounty contributed to this story.
Sat Sep 25 2021 at 12:30 pm
Vfw 428 | Saint Cloud, MN
Join us Saturday, September 25, 2021 for CASH Bingo held at VFW Granite Post 428 in St Cloud. Bingo starts at 12:30 p.m.
The cost is $12 for 10 games and each bingo card has 3 faces (that's 30 chances to WIN!).
*BYOD (Bring Your Own Dauber) or purchase your dauber at the event for $2.
Please help us spread the word by inviting your friends!
---- You must be 18 years old to play------
---- Seating is Limited.-----
****** PURCHASE BINGO PACKETS STARTING AT 11:30 A.M.******
----- Cash only please.-----
This event is a school fundraiser for St Robert Bellarmine Academy in St Cloud.
***We will also be having a Designer Bag Bingo starting 5:00 p.m... you can find more details in our events listings***
Where is it happening?Vfw 428, 9 18th Ave N, Saint Cloud, MN 56303, Saint Cloud, United States
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Veteran Of Foreign Wars Granite Post 428 in St. Cloud, Minnesota
Popularity:#2 of 2 Veterans Affairs Departments in St. Cloud#4 of 4 Veterans Affairs Departments in Stearns County#179 of 188 Veterans Affairs Departments in Minnesota#6,573 in Veterans Affairs Departments
Veteran Of Foreign Wars Granite Post 428 Contact Information
Address, Phone Number, and Fax Number for Veteran Of Foreign Wars Granite Post 428, a Veterans Affairs Department, at 18th Avenue North, St. Cloud MN.
- Veteran Of Foreign Wars Granite Post 428
- 9 18th Avenue North
St. Cloud, Minnesota, 56303
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About the Veteran Of Foreign Wars Granite Post 428
The Veteran Of Foreign Wars Granite Post 428, located in St. Cloud, MN, provides support for veterans of the US Armed Forces. Veteran Services connects veterans with several government agencies and nonprofit organizations at the federal, Minnesota state, and St. Cloud level. These services include veteran benefits assistance, services for veterans with disabilities, and information about medical care, insurance, and education benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also provides veteran services in St. Cloud.You may contact Veterans Services for questions about:
- Applying for military and veterans' benefits
- Veterans Affairs Offices and Vet Centers
- Stearns County VA Hospitals and health benefits
- VA Burial services
- Stearns County VFW and AMVETS posts
St. Cloud Veteran Statistics
Find St. Cloud Veteran Status, VA Health Care Coverage, and Period of Military Service. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates.
|St. Cloud||Stearns County|
|Veterans||4,026 (7.4%)||9,290 (7.7%)|
|St. Cloud||Stearns County|
|VA Health Care Coverage||2,532 (3.9%)||5,906 (3.8%)|
|No Other Coverage||466 (0.7%)||830 (0.5%)|
|Age: Under 19||43||54|
|Age: 19 to 64 Years||1,116||2,241|
|Age: 65 Years+||1,373||3,611|
|St. Cloud||Stearns County|
|Gulf War (2001+), no Gulf War (90-01), no Vietnam Era||687||1,148|
|Gulf War (2001+) and Gulf War (90-01), no Vietnam Era||137||343|
|Gulf War (2001+), and Gulf War (90-01), and Vietnam Era||39||61|
|Gulf War (90-01), no Vietnam Era||171||599|
|Gulf War (90-01) and Vietnam Era||40||88|
|Vietnam Era, no Korean War, no World War II||1,451||3,415|
|Vietnam Era and Korean War, no World War II||-||15|
|Vietnam Era and Korean War and World War II||-||10|
|Korean War, no Vietnam Era, no World War II||359||905|
|Korean War and World War II, no Vietnam Era||-||49|
|World War II, no Korean War, no Vietnam Era||199||401|
|Between Gulf War and Vietnam Era only||562||1,192|
|Between Vietnam Era and Korean War only||330||983|
|Between Korean War and World War II only||35||65|
|Pre-World War II only||16||16|
Veterans Affairs Departments near St. Cloud
WAITE PARK — Don’t believe the rumors. Waite Park Post 428 is not turning in its charter. Its not giving up conducting the work of The American Legion, especially in a vet-heavy community with a VA hospital and many veteran funerals.
It is, however, selling its building where it held bar, restaurant and banquet operations.
Adjutant Tom Fernlund confirmed that the Post Executive Committee is in the closing process with a company that intends to turn the location into a car wash.
The Waite Park Post 428 home is at a high-traffic location, on the corner of Division Street and Second Avenue. Fernlund noted the Post still owns a parking lot across Second Avenue, next to a fast-food joint called Bestburgerever.
The Post’s monthly meetings will continue at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Waite Park for the time being, he said. The Post will complete the sale before members figure out the next move.
“It’s kind of an exciting move, the way I look at it,” Fernlund said. “We can focus more on what The American Legion does.”
The sale is expected to close in May or June.
Fernlund said being on a busy road was a plus but the public didn’t always realize they can enter a service organization’s restaurant.
The main problem was a large and aging building, he said.
“We were spinning our wheels to pay for things. The cost of everything keeps going up: electricity, heating, property tax,” he said.
The roof was starting to leak, too, so another major expense was on the horizon.
“It’s just all the things coming together, and we have to look at all the things coming in and figured it was time,” Fernlund said.
Other factors were the government-imposed shutdown, government-imposed smoking ban, people not dining out at sit-down restaurants as much as they used to, many more types of dining options in the Crossroads Center area and aging membership that wasn’t coming in as often, he said.
He said there has been talk about finding an off-site location for its charitable gambling. Bingo, presently, is on hold while the sale is going through. The Post continues to serve funerals and support the community and veterans-related celebrations. He hopes Post 428 eventually can get back to a situation where it hosts rallies and conventions, considering the decent hotel space St. Cloud and Waite Park offer.
American Legion Department of Minnesota records show Post 428 was chartered in 1939, though the Post’s website says there was an attempt to receive a charter in 1935.
The Post met at another location from 1947 to 1961. That is the year it completed the purchase of the property at Second and Division.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held March 15, 1961.
Since then, adjacent lots were purchased. The building went through remodels, growing from 30-by-110 feet to 110-by-110 feet, allowing it to accommodate 300-plus-person weddings and other banquets.
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