Leesburg’s 67-year-old VFW Post 1177 got a much-needed facelift today.
More than 20 volunteers from Team Depot, Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the project, which was made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation. Volunteers updated the outside drainage system, planted shrubs, and installed new ceiling fans, lighting, floors and drywall.
“It was in sad need of updating,” said Stephen Hood, a seven-year member of the post and an Air Force intelligence specialist in the Vietnam War. “Just looking at the post inside, it cried out for help.”
Hood said the work was expected to be done by today, but could run through the weekend. Final work on the interior will be done in two weeks.
The renovations come as the Home Depot Foundation continues its mission to donate $250 million to veteran-related causes by 2020. It has already invested about $213 million in similar projects and helped renovate more than 35,000 veteran homes.
While the post’s building was constructed in 1950, the Leesburg post has been around since 1937. It celebrated its 80th anniversary last month.