Vets help out a brother

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Make no mistake, Terry Lowells greatly appreciated the new ramp. But his favorite part was something that couldn’t be seen. “One big thing is missing: the red tape,” Terry said with a big smile. Terry, who served with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, had a third knee operation this week. As such, the steps at his house on Bever Drive were getting too hard to navigate. Wife Sherry didn’t know where else to turn, so last Saturday she called up Marion Post 661 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Salem. “I was asking if they knew of services that might be available,” Sherry said. “I just wanted information about where to go. I was expecting several months of waiting.” It didn’t take that long. Not even close, actually. The next day, Joe Ramp called some veterans together at the VFW and explained the need. On Monday, a group of veterans – Tom Reeves, Eric Jones, Jesus Montes, Tom Vanderhoof and Wes Larson – equipped with tools and lumber showed up at the Lowells house. “This is a community project from the post, part of Vets Helping Vets,” Vanderhoof said. “Joe rounded us all up. It needs to be done by the end of today. They found an infection in Terry’s knee, so he can’t get up and down the three steps...

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