Tucked in a back room at VFW Post 2100 sits the Seattle Veterans Heritage Museum. The fact that it's in Everett says it all.
This might be its last hurrah, said museum volunteer John Chapman.
Financial issues forced the 11-year-old museum out of its Seattle home last year. Now, theVFW post that took the museum in is having financial problems of its own. A for sale signis posted on the property, amove that will putthe museum out on the street again.
It's atravesty to Chapman, aVietnam veteran. Hespent his Veterans Day at the museum teaching a steady trickle of visitors about our nation's wars, but the benefit's aren't just educational.
For some of the vets, it's theraputic, Chapman said. They'll come in and take a look and start talking to me. I've been able to talk several of them into going down to theVA and seeking help.
The museum has a travelling component, as well. Artifacts wereon display Mondayfor a special Veterans Day hockey game at Comcast Arena.
It's tough, said museum president Todd Crooks. It's like, here we go all over again.
Crooks is aNavy vet who hasdedicated the last decade of his life to the museum. He desperately wants to see it continue, but without a permanent home, he fears all the history he has collected overthe years could be left to gatherdust on a shelf.
Crooks would like a local city or county to take over the museum, but so far, no one is willing. To him it's a simple matter of priorities.
We're not asking for a $400 million sports stadium, he said. We just want a little place to honor the people who gave their lives for this country.
If no agency steps forward, Crooks islooking for1,000 square feet of rent free space and about $125,000 a year for four years to allow the museum to get on its feet.
This is important, he said. We're talking about people who sacrificed their lives for this country. We at least owe them something as meaningful as a museum.
Seattle Veterans Heritage Museum website
Contact museum president Todd Crooks at email@example.com.