Volunteers Give Makeover to VFW Post Patio

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - By noon Thursday, veterans gathering at VFW Post 2702 will have a spruced up place to socialize, relax and enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Huntsville.

It's located at the corner of Sparkman Drive and Memorial Parkway.

The new digs come thanks to a volunteer effort by Home Depot and Operation Green Team of Huntsville.

(See the work from Wednesday and reactions from veterans here:)

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Crews have been working for three days to fix up the severely neglected patio at the post.

Members of Team Home Depot -- employees at the North Memorial Parkway store -- have been putting their skills and sweat into a six-thousand-dollar makeover.

When you look at the images of what the patio looked like before the crews got started, it was anything but relaxing and comforting. Weeds grew up in between the concrete blocks. The fence surrounding the patio was broken and falling apart. And the furniture for the vets to sit on didn't appear to be quite so comfortable.

The volunteer workers tore down the old fence and are putting up a new one. They got rid of the weeds growing out of the concrete slab, sealed it off and leveled it off. And by noon Thursday, there will be several sets of brand new patio furniture waiting for veterans to use.

One Vietnam era veteran says this kind of atmosphere goes a long way for veterans who've seen terrible things most civilians will never see.

"It takes a lot out of ya," said Ron Stocker, a retired Army specialist who served the country during the Vietnam War. "It's very stressful and just to sit around and a have a place to just relax, communicate, swap lies, so to speak, or tell stories of what happened to them, this that or the other.. good bad or indifferent.. it helps put them at ease."

There are about 722 members of VFW Post 2702.

The commander, Jack Dickinson, says he sees around 40 of them each day.

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