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Giving Back to Those Who Gave So Much
VFW House Receives Upgrade

By Allie Lapporte, LC/DBM

Giving Back to Those Who Gave So Much

The Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313, located in Pittsboro, N.C., received a pro bono revitalization from Arbor Enterprises. A place that used to be rundown and decrepit is now a safe haven for veterans to enjoy the company of others who served.

Arbor Enterprises, Inc. became involved with the care and ongoing maintenance of the Joe Wagner Post 7313 in Pittsboro, N.C., after owner Paige Moody's father-in-law, Morton Matheny, asked for help. Matheny, a Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran, joined the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization and volunteered to help coordinate the upgrades to the post, inside and out. The building was in need of structural repairs, as well as a total aesthetic reboot.

Lack of funds stifle vets worldwide, and Arbor Enterprises decided to act in order to honor the country's heroes. After a two-year campaign, the Pittsboro VFW is now a place of pride, worthy of its heritage with new benches, a monument, plant beds, a beautiful memorial walkway and a butterfly garden.

Garvey Rain Irrigation in Raleigh donated the irrigation system. Arbor Enterprises, which is located in Pittsboro, completed the landscape design and installation and now maintains the grounds.

Giving Back to Those Who Gave So Much

To further honor the veterans who would use the space, Arbor donated a granite monument to Post 7313. Each branch of the United States military is represented and commemorated.

Moody shares that she is thankful for the opportunity to give back and honored to be involved in such a worthwhile project. Andy Cochran, commander of Joe Wagner Post 7313, said in a message to Moody, "We thank Arbor Enterprises for their continued support of our post and its image, and for promoting the virtue of giving back to the community and our Veterans. The improvements, addition to the gardens and maintenance of our landscaping are noticed by our guests, members and senior leadership. Your donation of time, resources and capital are well appreciated."

Moody and the rest of the crew at Arbor Enterprises hopes that this gesture will inspire more landscape contractors to take care of the veterans in their communities.

The VFW funds the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, and in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

As seen in LC/DBM magazine, December 2018.

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