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Wood Splitter Specially Made For Vet
I recently listed my home-built, pto-powered wood splitter on Craigslist. One fellow made me an offer but said it would be more than a month before he could pick it up. Thatís what tipped me off that he was serving overseas.
  Through a half dozen emails I learned his name was Joe and that he had been in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost 3 years. I could appreciate his desire to get home and spend some time in the woods with his dog, and told him I would hold the splitter for him.
  Then I contacted his father and wife and told them I intended to transform the splitter into something special to show appreciation for his service. I recruited a couple guys from work, as well as my father and a friend who owns a sign shop. We set out to sandblast and paint the unit and added a new hitch, lights, diamond plate fenders, and rear bumper. We even added a box to hold a cooler and several decals that personalized the splitter for Joe.
  He came to pick up the splitter on Labor Day weekend and got a real surprise when we pulled the unit around the corner! He really appreciated the effort, and all of us experienced a bond with a stranger who will be a friend for life.

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #2