American Legion Auxiliary’s roofs for veterans project in full swing

The American Legion Auxiliary of Ochelata is working on a new roof covering.

Thanks to their many fundraising efforts, they were able to facilitate the replacement of Ernie Snodgrass’s 30-year-old roof at his Bartlesville home this week. Snodgrass said his roof was in bad shape.

It was originally a shaker roof with five layers of asphalt roofing on top. The US Army veteran, who served in the infantry and artillery from 1990-94, said his church could put him in touch with the relief force to get the ball rolling.

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The Auxiliary in Ochelata has had a few more members to help with the effort since the Auxiliary in Bartlesville merged with them three years ago. Esther Coker, president of the 450 Auxiliary Unit, said this is the second veteran roof replacement they’ve done. There are already plans for new roofs at veteran homes in Bartlesville and Ramona.

“Our veterans have protected us, this is our way of showing protection over them,” Coker said, noting that this is an ongoing project. “We’re not stopping. I feel like we should try to help anyone who comes to us with a need.”

Coker said recipients are being asked to prepay it by helping to raise money for other continuing roofing projects. Smith Family Roofing is the contractor for the project.

The Auxiliary holds many fundraisers and yard sales. They also take donations. The next major event to fund the replacement of roofing for veteran projects will be the Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. October 23 at Liberty Chapel of Praise, 1312 W. Hensley Blvd. Coker said they are also planning a Veterans Day celebration later this fall.

Any veteran is welcome to join the American Legion. Coker said many of their members are older and would like to see a younger generation join the organization or get in touch if they need help.

“We want them to feel like they can be a part of what’s going on,” she said.

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