Far-too-many VFW posts are mainly meeting places for veterans to engage in the consumption of alcohol and possibly a game of cards, but VFW Post 4929, founded in 1946, has proven vastly different. “Our post became noted, for the fact that we’re serving veterans—which is what the veterans’ VFW post is supposed to do” (Commander Joe Jasany). The veterans who attend Post 4929 meetings do so to aid other veterans. The goal of every member of the post is to better the lives of their fellow veterans via support for veterans hospitals, supporting veterans and their families (with expenses for funeral arrangements, a motorized wheelchair, etc.), and too many other charitable deeds to mention. “We played bingo for 51 years out at Brecksville VA. We served coffee and doughnuts at Brecksville VA for 41 years every Saturday” (Jasany).
Commander Joe was the catalyst in bringing more notoriety to the veterans and to acquire the old city hall building as a headquarters, in 2000. Prior to the acquisition of the old city hall the VFW had to meet at a school, church, or someone’s house for over thirty years. The post hadn’t had a building since the 1960s; the Sheridan’s the Brass Horn, a local watering hole. Losing the Brass Hole as a home base, ultimately was a blessing as it was the impetus for altering the focus of the post from alcohol consumption to more altruistic aims.
The membership of Post 4929 increased by 12 members, after the Cost of Freedom tribute, bringing the total to 44 members. New members joined from Garfield Heights, Solon, and as far away as Eastlake due to the post’s commitment to their mission: the betterment of veterans lives. Most recently, they have changed their name to VFW Post 4929 and Museum, as they have converted the big area of the post to a museum, including a display case dedicated to everything that was left behind from the Cost of Freedom tribute, no matter how trivial the items may seem to the general public.