Credit union saves VFW from roof problems

GILMER, Texas (KLTV) — Their building was in bad shape, about to close, until the Upshur County VFW was granted an eleventh-hour reprieve, thanks to a benefactor who came to the rescue.

The Gilmer VFW post 6715 was established 76 years ago, but in 2022 they were in a tough spot.

“Our motto is to move forward. Without looking back. We are considering closing. We decided that if we couldn’t get the funding anywhere, we would close the building,” said Senior Vice Commander John Ashcraft.

The post’s roof was damaged and rotted, leaking into the building.

They just didn’t have the money to do the $7,000 repairs.

“We didn’t have it, we just didn’t have the money,” Ashcraft said.

Member Oscar Martinez was tasked with finding someone to help him, and to the rescue came Credit Union of Texas with a phone call.

“They said, ‘We’re going to go ahead and put a new roof on the VFW,'” Oscar said.

“Along with our veterans, we’re going to support our community in any way we can, so this is just one of the ways we support our community,” said Lindsey Hitt, representative of the Credit Union of Texas.

With a check for $7,500, a new roof was put on the pole.

“Having a company come forward and help us is truly amazing and rewarding. We thank you,” Ashcraft said.

The post manages its operations through fundraising efforts such as fishing derbies and donations.

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