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VFW Post 7907 serves local vets

VFW Post 7907 on Old Pomerado Road is a place for veterans to connect. The post is seeking members from Scripps Ranch. (photo by Hoyt Smith)

VFW Post 7907 serves local vets

Scripps Ranch military veterans seeking fellowship with those who have served in the armed forces are invited to join the Veteran of Foreign Wars’ Fred Lewis Kent Post 7907 in Poway.

Located at 12342 Old Pomerado Road, Post 7907 is the closest VFW facility to Scripps Ranch and already includes several Scripps Ranch members, according to Post Commander and 30-year Navy veteran Bill Morrison.

“I look at our place as a treehouse in the woods,” Morrison said of the popular gathering point abutting scenic Bette Bendixon Park. “It’s nice and quaint, but somewhat hidden and out of the way. We would like more of our neighbors on the south end of Pomerado Road to know we’re here.”

Founded in 1959, the Fred Lewis Kent Post offers “a great place” for vets to connect and share a sense of comradery, said post bartender and Scripps Ranch resident Tracy Perreault.

“It’s a special place for sharing and healing with a very outstanding group of people,” she said. “Folks here will do anything and everything to support our troops. I get goosebumps just talking about it.”

The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces, and dedicated to securing and protecting their rights and benefits. There are 30 VFW posts in San Diego County. Post 7909 is the closest one to Scripps Ranch.

“We’re the only post and canteen serving the Interstate 15 corridor between MCAS Miramar and Escondido,” Morrison Said. “There is a post in Rancho Bernardo, but it doesn’t have the capacity for entertainment that we do here.”

The Fred Lewis Kent Post boasts a bar, and an adjacent hall and kitchen that Morrison said can be rented out for weddings, birthday parties and special events. Proceeds from such rentals benefit Post 7907 and services to its members. Many events there, such as the post’s weekly “Burger Burn” on Friday evenings, are open to the public.

“It’s hard to find a better meal at a better price this close to Scripps Ranch,” said member Jason Widmer, a Desert Shield veteran and founder of KIC Restoration Inc., a general contractor serving the local area.

Attendees enjoy fresh food and beverages along with karaoke and great customer service, he added.

Named in memory of Lieutenant Fred Lewis Kent, USN, who was killed in action during the Allied invasion of the Gilbert Islands in World War II, Post 7907 is one of the leading posts in California and is “number one” in its district in terms of membership, Morrison said. It has more than 1,000 members including its associated VFW Auxiliary, and just adopted the new F-35 stealth fighter unit at MCAS Miramar. The post hosted its “Adopt a Unit Dinner,” serving an authentic Cajun supper on April 20.

“We’ve had a steady flow of younger vets from Miramar joining us in recent years,” said Post Quartermaster Alan Helton. “But a lot of our older members are passing away. We would really like to get the word out to people in Scripps Ranch who may not know of all the great things we’re doing here to serve the veteran community.”

For more information, or to join VFW Post 7907, visit www.vfw7907.com.

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