Scout and VFW projects benefit local veterans

Scout and VFW projects benefit local veterans
Scott Daniels

Jacob Carpenter, 18, left, and Jayvin Herbert, 16, wrapped up their projects in time for an unveiling on Nov. 4.

                        

Two Boy Scouts from New Philadelphia Troop 84 have completed projects in conjunction with the New Philadelphia VFW. Jayvin Herbert, 16, and Jacob Carpenter, 18, wrapped up the projects in time for an unveiling on Nov. 4.

“We needed a good, perpetual fundraiser,” said Steve Chenevey, commander of the New Philadelphia VFW, who contacted the troop for help.

Herbert built a three-sided wall just outside the VFW building on Park Avenue, which will be mounted with plaques naming veterans from Tuscarawas County.

Herbert said construction took a couple of weeks from start to finish. “I also held a fundraiser dinner here to raise money to build it. We raised over $5,000,” he said.

Enough, Chenevey said, that leftover money went to the club’s Veterans Relief Fund.

“The plaques are just $20, and you can name any veteran or active-duty personnel from any branch of service and from any time period,” Chenevey said. “And they need not have served in wartime. We already have one family that purchased plaques in honor of family members going all the way back to the Spanish-American War.”

Chenevey believes the wall will hold about 7,000 such markers. “They will give us a way to raise money year round, in addition to the events we do,” he said.

The plaques are 2-by-6 inches and display the vet’s name, service branch and years of service.

Carpenter designed and constructed a sturdy box with a steel cover that will hold flags that are ready to be retired from display. “We worked to get the pieces cut out the first day, and when we got that put together, we built the lid,” he said.

The container then went out to have markers and decals applied. It now stands next to the entrance to the VFW building. The box project was one that moved Carpenter into the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, a long rise from beginning as a Cub Scout as a small boy. Carpenter graduated from New Philadelphia schools earlier this year.

“One-hundred percent of the funds raised from the memorial wall will go to our Veterans Relief Fund,” Chenevey said. “We use the money to directly help veterans. We’ve bought $200 gas cards for vets who needed to get to their chemo treatments, and last Christmas we bought a bed and clothes for veterans. We’re able to do good things with the funds, and we do fundraisers and things through the year to replenish it.”

Also new at the New Philadelphia VFW is a large memorial at the front of the building with flags representing all the branches of the military and a permanent memorial wall, constructed by members of the VFW. All of the projects have been timed to be ready for Veterans Day on Nov. 11. A parade and service marking the day will be overseen by the VFW, beginning at 10:45 a.m. in downtown New Philadelphia.

To purchase one or more of the memorial plaques to be displayed on the new wall at the VFW, call the organization at 330-343-5987 or visit the club directly at 441 Park Ave. NW.

Nationally the VFW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the service of veterans and military-service members from the active, guard and reserve forces. The organization dates to 1899 and was formed just after the Spanish-American and Philippine wars when there were no medical benefits or pensions for military personnel.


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