Oldest VFW post in the state gets much needed repairs
More than 50 volunteers with local Home Depot stores rolled up their sleeves to give the Cooper T. Holt VFW a facelift. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1289 is located off Lee Highway. The community project was part of Home Depot’s Celebration of Service campaign.
Post 1289 is the oldest chartered VFW in the state.
“It is just unbelievable. It’s hard to imagine people would do this for us,” said VFW quartermaster Terry Thomas.
Just in time for Veteran's Day, the VFW post is getting some much-needed repairs.
“The building painted inside and out, the pavilions outside rebuilt, ceiling title panels are being replaced, lights.”
Volunteers, made up of local Home Depot employees, said it’s the least they can do.
“As we talk to them we hear about their stories, they are exciting to us. We are just inspired because they scarified their life for our country. We just want to give back,” said Marvin Parks a general manager for Home Depot.
It was all made possible thanks to a grant from Home Depot for the renovations. Since 2011, the Home Depot Foundation has transformed more than 40-thousand homes and facilities for veterans across the country.
“Roughly $25,000. This one is $25,000 through the grant process we can either go with $25,000 or even bigger than that.”
The grant was a big help, because Thomas said their building has been neglected for so long.
“We needed it, but we couldn't afford to do it. We didn't have the man power or the knowledge of how to do it.”
He hopes the repairs will make the oldest VFW in the state, more welcoming for area veterans.
“The support Home Depot showed us, the care. They just came in and got started. It is unbelievable. That is all I can say, something we couldn't do and we would never be able to do they're here.”
Volunteers hope to be done with renovations by Friday.
About The Home Depot Foundation:
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters.
Since 2011, the Foundation has invested a quarter of a billion dollars in veteran-related causes and improved more than 40,000 veteran homes and facilities in 2,500 cities. In 2018, the Foundation committed an additional $50 million dollars to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 10 years starting with separating military members and veterans, at-risk youth and members of the Atlanta Westside community. To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit thd.co/community and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.
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