By Wyatt Goolsby
MIDLAND - They've served our country. Now they need some help from you. Members of a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post want to honor the men and women who serve in the military. They've already made some improvements to their building. However, as NewsWest 9 learned on Thursday, they'll need more money to get to the next step.
"We've just come a long ways with just very little bit of money, I think it's very pretty, I think they've decorated it really nice and we are going to continue on with some more of our projects," VFW Post 4149 Commander, Dal Davis, said.
Just about anyone who stops by Post 4149 at 409 Veterans Airpark Lane in Midland will tell you, the place has come a long way in a short amount of time. NewsWest 9 first told you about the post in August: run down, and no money for repairs. However, in less than a year, members have slowly gathered donations, managed to expand the building, then repaint, knock out some walls, and turn an old bar into a meeting room for the Women's Auxiliary.
"This is a pretty loving bunch of folks here, the people that hang out here, the veterans and their families," Davis explained. "If I needed a gallon of white paint, I'd tell somebody and they'd walk up and ask me how much it is, and I'd say it's 18, 19, 20 dollars and they would hand me a 20 dollar bill and I'd go buy a gallon of white paint."
Davis explained it's not just two rooms that are new. He said he wants to make the old 40's building someplace welcoming for all veterans. Currently, members are growing trees across the two acre property, and the work is on now to build a chapel especially for those who have lost someone they love fighting oversees. However, to finish everything, they still need your help. They just don't have the money to fix a leaky 1943 original roof.
"It's just kind of disheartening thing to do if you come in here and paint the walls, and it rains Monday and the walls are ruined Tuesday," Davis added.
Davis said he's optimistic about his post. As Midlanders slowly pitch in, he said he and others want to build up this little post, as he called it his "field of dreams," as a way to say thank you to all those who serve our country.
Commander Dal Davis said right now all of the rest of their plans are on hold until they can raise enough money to repair the roof. If you would like to help out, contact Davis:
VFW Post 4149
Dal Davis - Home - 432-683-3997
Cell - 432-978-1482