Big Spring DAV Finds Place to Call Home 9/26/12
CBS 7 News
September 26, 2012
Big Spring - Military men and women that are deployed overseas often come back with wounds, some visible and others not.
The Disabled American Veterans Association of Big Spring helps these wounded veterans from the west Texas area, however they didn't have a place to help these veterans until now.
The DAV of Big Spring are putting the finishing touches on their 90 year old building. While the building itself isn't new, to the DAV, it's their new home.
Their new building was once vacant for years. That was until the owner of the property learned that the DAV chapter in Big Spring was looking for a meeting place.
"The committee decided to give it to us because our building was falling apart," Mike Tarpley, the DAV commander said.
The building was once a home for military wives in the 1950's.
"We've completely reconstructed the inside and created meeting rooms," Tarpley said. "I remember that it used to be a 4-bedroom, 4-bath and now I walk in and I'm like 'Wow, we have a meeting place.'"
And with renovations near completion, they hope their new home will bring new life to their organization.
"The fact that they have a nice place and they're proud of it, they can bring their friends and new members to," Tarpley said. "We hope members will start coming and become a part of it and help other veterans."
The chapter will also have an open house this coming Monday from 5pm until 8pm. The new building is located at 2204 Runnels.
Representatives from the VA will be there to enroll veterans into the VA system.