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VFW Builds Ramp For Disabled Greenwood Veteran

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GREENWOOD, Del. - It's a gift from a local men's auxiliary, a brand-new ramp, that has World War II veteran Harry Torbert nearly speechless.

Fighting to hold back tears, Torbert says he doesn't know any other way to express his gratitude than to simply say "thanks" to the Federalsburg VFW Men's Auxiliary Post No. 5246. The 85-year-old has been battling for his health. After several heart attacks and health issues, on April 4th, doctors amputated his leg, leaving him confined to his home and his family to carry him inside and out.

"[The doctors told us], 'he's going to be here for about five more days, do you have a ramp built for him to come in to [when he] gets home?' It's not anything we had thought of," said his daugter Lisa Driscoll. 

Two weeks later, Driscoll contacted a friend at the auxiliary, telling him about their circumstance. Almost instantly, the group jumped on board, building Tolbert an accessible ramp with their own hands, $1,500 worth of supplies and all as a donation to the family.
      
"There's needs out there that need to be met and not enough being met," said auxiliary senior vice president Steve Smith. "If there's enough to make a difference than we will."

Driscoll says Torbert goes in-and-out on of his home on his own without any help.

"He's stronger than he's probably been in the last year and a half," said Driscoll.

"This saved us," said Torbert. "I don't know how I would have been able to get outside."

The Federalsburg VFW Men's Auxiliary helped build Torbert's ramp as apart of their L.T. D.A.N fund, which helps local troops with disabilities and needs.

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