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Modern Woodmen of America building another ramp for family in need

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The Modern Woodmen of America are back at it again. Buster Smith and his crew were braving the humidity to build another wheel chair ramp for a family in need.

In 12 years Buster Smith and the Modern Woodman of America have built more than 200 wheel chair ramps for those in need.

"It's hard to remember them all especially with the mind I have at 71-years-old," said Buster Smith, Modern Woodmen of America.

While old Buster can't remember every little detail he promises they put just as much sweat equity
and passion in every cut, screw and finished product.

"I look like I've been done out in the rain," said Smith.

"When we get through, we get them out and they start crying, laughing and hollering, you know. That's where I get my blessing out of it," said Smith.

Thursday's build was a chance for buster to help fellow Army Veteran Michael Dennis whose wife has been through three knee surgeries with a fourth to come.

She's been in a wheel chair for some time, their old stairs made it impossible for her to get out of the house.

"I was on the verge of giving up and not thinking I could get any help. It means a tremendous amount to me," said Michael Dennis, ramp recipient.

Help is there and they plan on having the 34 foot wooden ramp done by weeks end and Michael's wife who has left the house only once in two months will have that much more freedom.

"She deserves that freedom, just as everybody does. It's bad to have to stay inside all the time and she's always been an active person," said Dennis

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