Tom Costello, Retired Member Donates Time in Myrtle Beach, SC

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Veterans and volunteers build a new ramp for one of their own

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BY EDDIE KADHIM, SATURDAY, JULY 16TH 2016

Myrtle Beach, S.C.(WPDE) — A local veteran who lost the use of his legs while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps was lifted up by his brothers and sisters in arms Saturday.  Retired Lance Cpl. Thomas Maneely has needed a new ramp at his house for years.  “The other one was really rickety so it would move back and forth when I would go up it,” said Maneely.  In just a few hours a group of fellow veterans and volunteers built him a much needed new ramp.  “Now with it sturdy and all now I won’t have any problems going in and out,” Maneely said.

Every time Maneely comes home he will ride on a solid foundation built by the kindness of the Veterans Housing Development Corporation and the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association.  “The guy is in a wheel chair, he needs a ramp there’s nothing more important than that,” said Julius Strickland a member of Veterans Housing Development Corporation. “We came in ripped the old rotten deck out and put a new deck in that’s sturdy.”  Home Depot donated all the treated lumber for the project.  Tom Costello, a member of the Veterans Housing Development Corporation said it’s important to give back to the people who have fought for this country.

“We respect that and we’re just trying to help everyone that comes back,” said Costello. “A lot of people that come back don’t have money. Veterans like Thomas that are handicapped he really can’t go out and spend that much money he’s on a fixed budget.”  The group also did some landscaping to the front of Maneely’s home.