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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1716

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Name:Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1716
Alternate Name(s):VFW, Freedom Post #1716
Address:1960 Freedom Boulevard
P.O. Box 716
Freedom, CA  95019
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-722-5228
Description:Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday open at 2pm until last person leaves.

Supports our military in uniform and their families. Promotes veterans activities on both the national and local levels. Sponsors fundraisers for generating money for the community. Post is home of the only Veterans Honor Guard in Santa Cruz County. Honor Guard provides military funeral honors with Rifle Salute at the request of family for all veterans. All Requests for Military Funeral Honors and or Flag Ceremonies by VFW Honor Guard should go to Contact(s): Cpt. Jack Kelly 831-707-0195 and Lt. Sal Beltran 831-566-9983 e-mail: For more information about military funeral honors, please visit

ELIGIBILITY: Membership open to all veterans who have served honorably in a foreign war or who have been stationed in foreign lands during a national crisis.

AREAS SERVED: Freedom, Watsonville and South Santa Cruz County

Programs:Sponsors a "Voice of Democracy" speech writing and oratorical contest for high school students, a "Patriots Pen" Essay Contest or 6-8th graders, Teacher of the year, Fireman & Law Enforcement of the year programs. Fundraisers include Friday night dinners, take-outs start at 5:01pm and sit down starts at 5:23pm until about 6:45pm, $7.00. Serves as a Grey Bear Brown Bag Distribution site on Thursdays and Community food distribution site on Fridays. See website for more details.

An Avenue of Flags is displayed up Freedom Blvd on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day by VFW Post 1716 and its Auxiliary.
Facilities:Hall with stage and kitchen for rent. Available for luncheons, showers, weddings, parties, and memorials. Bar available. Adequate parking for cars and RVs. Call 831-722-5228 for information.
Languages other than English:None
Accommodations for Disabled:Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within One Block
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fee Amounts:$30.00  Individual
Areas Served:See Description Notes
Physical Location:Freedom
Funding Source:Fees
Subject Headings
 Facilities/Community Centers
Private Nonprofits
Service Clubs
Social Clubs/Events
Veteran Membership Organizations
Veteran Support Groups
This record last modified October 5, 2016

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