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Sandy-Damaged American Legion Post Seeking Help For Rebuilding Effort

Post 351 In Seaside Did Not Have Flood, Wind Insurance
Homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy sit amongst sand washed ashore on October 31, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy sit amongst sand washed ashore on October 31, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – On this Memorial Day, a badly damaged American Legion hall in Seaside Heights is seeking donations.

As WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reported, the veterans of American Legion Post 351 served and sacrificed and now could use some help themselves.

Superstorm Sandy ripped the roof right off the building and the flood waters poured in from above and below.

“It peeled the roof off, the water just rushed in,” Post Commmander Bill Kevish told Adams. “It’s a shell of the place it used to be. This place here at one time was the place to go in Seaside Heights if you wanted to have an affair or something.”

All that’s left of the structure are hollowed out ceilings and floors stripped bare.

“All the duct work is gone, all the lighting is gone,” Kevish told Adams.

The post’s treasurer estimates about $200,000 in damages. Post 351 did not have insurance for wind damage or flooding.

“Please see if you can help us out a little bit, a little fundraiser or something like that because we need a lot of money to repair this place and it’s community-minded,” Second Vice Commander Ed Langschultz told Adams.

They used to house the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Easter Seals.

There are private efforts under way to try to secure donations to cover the repairs.

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