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Local veteran bar shuts down after Governor’s order

Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 6:37 PM CDT
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POTTSBORO, Texas (KXII) - A local veteran organization that doubles as a watering hole for those who have served has closed its doors for now due to Governor Greg Abbott’s latest order.

“We’re considered a bar, but we’re more than just a bar,” said Commander, Shellie White.

The American Legion in Pottsboro says they fell under the 51% alcohol sales rule that made them shut down 2 weeks ago.

“We’re a veterans organization, we have a lot of veterans in the community,” said White.

White says it’s a hang out spot for local veterans.

“We have a lot of veterans that live by themselves and this was a place they could come to and you know have that friendship with other veterans and other members of the organization, that they don’t have now,” said White.

With the COVID pandemic, veterans are feeling more isolated now than ever.

“We have other organizations in the community that are closed and so our veterans don’t have any place to go right now,” said White.

“I’m in the neighborhood, I’m here at least 3 or 4 times a week,” said Michael Griffith.

Griffith is a Navy veteran and has been part of the American Legion for 30 years. He says its about more than a closed business.

“There’s a lot of things to miss here. We have a lot of community service programs that we do,” said Griffith.

The club’s sales go toward supporting school scholarships, Boy Scouts, and other community programs. Even though the club is closed for the time being, they hope with donations and fundraisers, they can still fund their community programs.

“It’s just a lot of fun, it helps other people out, it gives you something to do, and there’s a lot of very needed programs that the American Legion does that are really hurting right now because of this pandemic,” said Griffith.

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