'22 For Vets' with THE GYM
In Little Falls, New Jersey, the American Legion Post 108 is a sanctuary for veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. However, the post faced a significant challenge: a set of narrow, steep stairs that made it difficult for many members to navigate the building. Recognizing the need, a local charity, Homes for Veterans, responded to their call for help.
These lifts are not just mechanical aids; they represent the community's commitment to ensuring that veterans can continue to enjoy camaraderie and community in their cherished meeting space.
The project, which cost $21,000, was funded by donations raised through community efforts, including a 24-hour training event by Juan Pla from The GYM - that donated all proceeds to the cause. Demonstrating extraordinary dedication, Pla raised over $2,500 by committing to 22 hours of continuous training, a symbolic gesture echoing the 22 veterans who, on average, succumb to suicide daily.
The first chairlift was inaugurated by World War II veteran John Safran, symbolizing the practical support and recognition our veterans deserve. Homes for Veterans continues to work towards their goal, ensuring that those who served are not forgotten and can access the support they need.