Local veterans helping veterans

(l-r) Post 240 Commander Ron Henry, Sid Moon, Loy Senor and Walter Dotson standing on one of the ramps they've already built for a local veteran. || Flash photo by DAVID SWEARINGEN

June 20, 2019


The Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 of Stephenville would like to acknowledge two of their Post 240 members who reached out to help a fellow veteran in need.

This story begins with the late Leroy “Candyman” Griffin, United States Air Force Veteran, of Turnbow-Higgs Post 240. He got his nickname, Candyman, because anywhere he went, Griffin would always have a piece of candy and a smile for whomever he might come in contact with. He brought smiles to many, many faces.

Unfortunately, Griffin passed away on June 23, 2018, at age 89. He had a ramp that had been installed at his home to help with entry and exit. And upon Griffin’s passing, fellow American Legion member and friend, Sid Moon, was able to obtain the ramp from Leroy’s home. Sid took the materials to his father’s home to build him a ramp. His father, Willis Moon Jr., is a USMC veteran, as is Sid.

In constructing the ramp for his father, Sid realized he needed some additional material. After contacting Tanglewood Medical Supplies, Sid was able to accompany the Tanglewood owner/manager to a storage facility where he was able to get a whole lot of ramp materials for free.

After completing his father’s ramp, Sid decided he would like to build a ramp for another veteran in need. From Facebook, Sid learned of the need for a ramp for a veteran just outside of town. The veteran in need was Navy Veteran, Loy Senor. Sid promptly contacted fellow American Legion member, Walter Dotson, to secure his help with the project. Walter was more than happy to help.

Sid and Walter have now constructed a ramp to be used at the home where Loy Senor recently moved. Sid and his friends at Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 would like to be able to build ramps in the future for veterans in need. This would, in a way, ensure the legacy of Leroy “Candyman” Griffin lives on in those who loved and cared about him.

Of course, building these ramps could prove to be expensive. If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the Turnbow-Higgs Post 240 to help with this cause, contact Sid Moon or American Legion Turnbow-Higgs Post 240 on Facebook to see how you can donate to this very worthy cause.


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