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VFW post in Roseburg receives upgrade with re-paved lot

Crews work on re-paving the lot at VFW Post 2468 in Roseburg, August 26, 2017. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2468 in Roseburg got a face lift.

Crews were on hand Friday morning at the VFW hall on Walnut Street laying down new asphalt in the parking lot and around the veteran's memorial.

"Several month ago, the VA contacted us to estimate a paving job for them, and their parking lot hadn't been repaired in over 30 years," said John Kennedy with Guido Construction, one of the companies donating time and materials to the effort. "We gave an estimate, then they did a fundraiser and came up with some funds. Through the help of Guido Construction, Umpqua Sand & Gravel, and Umpqua Materials, we have now donated the labor and equipment to finish the job for them."

Guido Construction said they're donating the work to give back to the local men and women who sacrificed and served their country and community.

Kennedy said the project cost around $8,000, with the VA paying about a third of the cost

"Time goes by here, and sometimes they don't get a lot of help, and they're in need of help," Kennedy said. "Getting to know the folks here was the number one thing, and helping them out."

Guido Construction, Umpqua Sand & Gravel and Umpqua Materials all pitched in, donating labor, equipment and materials.

"We moved it into our schedule, given the busy year that we're having," Kennedy said, "Given all the discussion nationwide and the National Anthem, we thought it would be a good time to honor the veterans and thank them for the freedom we do have."

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