All that is left of the old Veterans of Foreign War post #1392 Canteen in Ocean Beach is a slew of memories and a room painted blue and red with white stars on the trim. The group of local war veterans was forced out of their old spot on Newport Avenue late last year by a nonrenewable lease.
According to a story in the Peninsula Beacon, "Early last month, property owner Lyle Cocking informed the post he would not be renewing its month-to-month lease. Cocking said he gave the post more than the required two-month notice and that a current tenant would fill the space starting in January." Cocking was quoted in the Beacon as saying, “It was strictly a business decision.”
With the potential relocation of the VFW post to the former Rancho's Mexican restaurant at the intersection of Point Loma Avenue and Ebers Street near Sunset Cliffs, the vets face another conflict: neighbors are not looking kindly at the group coming over to the primarily residential area.