2014 - Volume #38, Issue #2, Page #41[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Wood Splitter Specially Made For Vet
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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