UPDATED: Investigation into VFW may take 90 days

Published 5:14 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2023

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An organization which helps veterans in Stanly County is under investigation by its governing state organization.

“VFW Post 2908 is currently under suspension,” Helen Nelson, state commander for the Department of North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars, confirmed to The Stanly News & Press Monday night.

A statement last week on the Facebook page of the VFW Post 2908 Auxiliary said the Post is closed for 90 days. Nelson said that is incorrect — that it could be more or less than 90 days.

“The Commander was relieved of command of the Post, and I cannot comment as to the cause since this is an active investigation. No other staff has resigned,” Nelson said.

Nelson confirmed that the commander was Paul Hummel.

Hummel declined to comment for this report.

Nelson said the Tuesday night bingo operated at the Post is still active, as are contract Post rentals. The Auxiliary added that there “will be no access to the canteen for adult beverages. The kitchen will be open for food and non-alcoholic beverages.”

The Auxiliary plans to meet at Loafers and Legends, 24 Falls Road, Badin, for its meetings.

“Once our investigation is complete, the Post and Canteen will resume normal operations,” Nelson said.

(The VFW’s work was profiled in an article by The SNAP last December.)