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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • Posted November 21, 2011

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express our heartfelt thanks to the residents of Blanco and Johnson City for the wheelchair ramp that was built for me on Veterans day. I am a disabled veteran who has had to undergo numerous surgeries to try to preserve my mobility which has deteriorated severely this last year. I am a member of the Blanco American Legion and while recuperating from my latest surgery received a visit from Roxanne and Tom Avants who saw my need for the ramp and took it upon themselves to try to provide for this need. The American Legion contacted individuals with the Texasramps.org and the Blanco County Disaster Response Group and in just a few days had set up a time to build me ramp that would enable me to get out of my house without being lifted down my front stairs by my family. What a blessing these volunteers have given me! I now can roll myself out to my yard and watch my grandchildren play without feeling like a burden, what a wonderful sense of freedom! The gentlemen who built my ramp were very dedicated to doing the job right and did an excellent job! These volunteers took into account every aspect of my needs and even repaired my handrails on my front deck and did some minor yard work while they waited on the supplies for the ramp. All of this was provided for me with community donations from Blanco and Johnson City and a grant from Texas Ramps. I was told that this is a service that they hope to provide for more residents of Blanco County and I hope that the good work that they provided me will continue and another disabled resident of Blanco County will receive the wonderful gift that I received on Veterans Day! Thanks again to Blanco American Legion, Tom and Roxanne Avants, Texas ramps, Blanco County Disaster Response Group, George Cofran, First United Methodist Church-Johnson City and the numerous Veterans and Volunteers who gave up their Veterans Day to help me!

Thank you,

Don Broyles

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