LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The transition from military life to civilian life is difficult for a lot of servicemen and women, but finding a place that feels like home can help.
“We’re Vegas’ best-kept secret,” said Tony Nohmy, a Marine veteran who served 12 years in the reserves.
The "best-kept secret" he is referring to? The Leatherneck Club, a bar and grill that’s been in Las Vegas for 30 years.
“When you come in they’re gonna treat you like you’re in a little hometown bar," said Nohmy, who manages the bar. "They wanna know your name, they wanna know your story, they wanna know your life."
When the pandemic hit, the business had to shift in order to survive, and the team of veterans running the bar turned to Go Fund Me for support.
Once the word got out, donations started pouring in from all over the world.
“It wasn’t just Vegas! I had people from Massachusetts all the way to Canada helping us out," said Nohmy. "We had someone from Germany donating to the Go Fund Me.”
They hit their $10,000 goal within 24 hours and doubled it six days later.
“When I see a response that like that from my people, from my community, it's overwhelming," said Nahmy.
"I was in disbelief,” he added.
The veterans who run The Leatherneck Bar have created a special place. Their mission now is to continue adapting to the challenges brought on by the pandemic in hopes of maintaining the history and sense of home the club provides for everyone who walks in the door.
“We can feel almost dismissed at certain times. So, when people come to this bar and see somebody that just sits down and listens to them, it just makes them feel at home. It’s overwhelming,” said Nohmy.
Even though the bar area is closed, The Leatherneck Club is still serving food.
In order to keep you safe, they are using QR codes for menus, spacing tables six feet apart, sanitizing, and more. Takeout is also available.
If you want to learn more visit their website at LeatherNeckBar.com.
Veteran's Voice is sponsored by Lexus of Henderson and Lexus of Las Vegas.