Volunteers build ramp for disabled veteran

(Source: WNEM)

Volunteers from a veteran organization and UPS are teaming up to make sure veterans can safely get in and out of their homes.

It is called “Operation Ramp it Up.”

Dozens of volunteers build ramps for elderly or disabled veterans and their families. Crews were hard at work on Friday, May 25, building a ramp for a local Army vet.

“This is great. It’s been a long time coming,” said Yvonne Gill, vet’s daughter.

Gill is overjoyed her father William, who is a U.S. Army veteran, is getting a ramp installed at his home. It’s all thanks to the coordinated efforts of the United Parcel Service and Vets Access.

William is in the hospital and wasn’t there for the ramp build, but Gill knows her dad will like the new addition.

“He’s going to be happy that he can finally come in and out without being on a stretcher, be in the wheelchair on the porch and come out in the yard. And maybe go around in the back where we barbecue or something,” Gill said.

Daniel Corcoran is a Vietnam vet who helped start Vets Access.

“It’s a brotherhood and it’s just great to be able to help another vet,” Corcoran said.

He has a message for William as he recovers in the hospital.

“Thanks for serving our country and thank you for allowing us to do this for you and your family,” Corcoran said.

The folks from UPS said they are glad they can help a veteran.

“To be able to do something and give back to the community, especially the veterans going into Memorial Day weekend, I think is very substantial,” said Abby Goolsby, with the UPS Foundation.

Goolsby said the UPS Foundation is providing money to build ramps like this in the Great Lakes district. It’s all part of “Operation Ramp it Up.”

“Hopefully it improves their quality of life,” she said.

As for Gill, she is thankful all these people came out to help her family on a toasty Mid-Michigan afternoon.

“Thank you so much. We greatly appreciate it. We greatly appreciate it. It’s a wonderful group and we really appreciate the work that they’re doing,” Gill said.

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