Staff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III
3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Fort Carson Soldiers volunteered more than 20 hours to help clean up the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3917 in Colorado Springs, July 16.
Ten Soldiers from Company F, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, spent the afternoon working on various landscaping projects at the post, such as trimming trees, cleaning out a sand pit to make room for playground equipment and cleaning the area around a retaining wall in preparation for installing a new one.
Sgt. 1st Class Terry Riffe, platoon sergeant, Company F, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., organized the volunteers.
“I wanted my Soldiers to have the chance to give back to something they can also be a part of,” he said.
Laura Stone, VFW canteen manager, said the post appreciates when Soldiers can volunteer and was glad to have these Soldiers back.
“Soldiers from the unit had volunteered here during Christmas time with painting and various work projects,” Stone said. “When the unit wanted to come out again and help, I thought it was (a) wonderful idea.”
Stone, an Army veteran, said a lot of the work done at the post is usually completed by members, so it was nice to have active-duty servicemembers wanting to help out.
Pfc. Chad McGinnis, welder, Company F, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., said he believes it is good to give back to the veterans as a way of showing respect.
“The fact that it’s for veterans makes it even better,” McGinnis said.
“Now that I’m serving, I feel like I should give back a little bit more.”
Sgt. Jason Stinton, mechanic, Company F, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., said it is important to help the community, especially at the VFW. He said his volunteering at the VFW is just one way he can say thank you to the veterans.
“It’s important that we continue to let the veterans of past wars know that we haven’t forgotten them,” Stinton said. “We haven’t forgotten what they have done for us.”