Veterans have always tried to follow the creed, “Leave no man behind.” Images of a camouflage-wearing soldier carrying a comrade-in-arms dot the Internet with the saying, “Some friends come and go. Real friends are there no matter what.”
Even though their military service is long past, a group of Roanoke American Legion veterans came together recently to help one of their own.
When Roanoke veteran Tom Fehr found out he had to have hip replacement surgery, his fellow Legion members knew it would be difficult for him to get in and out of his small house.
“We knew he wouldn’t be able to use his front door while he was recuperating,” said Legion member Mike Adams.
It was during those conversations about Fehr’s dilemma that the Legion members, most of whom are older and retired, wondered if they could put together a work crew to build a ramp while Fehr was recovering at the nursing home.
When the vets thought they had enough people, they made the offer. The Fehr family provided the materials and cut back the bushes in front of the steps, while the work crew planned the project.
“Everybody had a job and it worked good,” Adams said. “All the guys chipped in with their time and tools.”
Within two days, the house had a new ramp and access porch. Adams said the ramp could easily be removed if and when it is no longer needed. At the heart of the matter, however, was the idea that the veterans will always be there for each other when they are needed, if they are able.
“Some are getting up there (in age),” Adams said. “But everybody came, and we went to work. We told them if they came, we’d find something for them to do, and we did.” - Pantagraph
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