A story on WLOX has prompted an Ocean Springs couple to help out a veterans organization. Last week, we told you how VFW Post 5699 needed donations to fund several repair and rebuilding projects. Tuesday, a couple who owns a tree service business showed-up to remove a huge burden.
The buzz of chain saws broke the silence around the VFW Post 5699 property. One by one, the limbs fell. There was a lot of prep work involved before an old Red Oak could come down.
"I was really surprised and really happy that this is happening," said VFW Post 5699 Commander Pat McCarthy.
It happened thanks to Teri and Dominick McMahon. The couple own "Out on a Limb" tree service in Ocean Springs. The business has lived up to its name by branching out to help the combat veterans.
"I have a lot of family members that are in the military. My father served at Keesler back in the 50s, so that's where my heart is, my country and these servicemen that risk their lives for us," said Teri McMahon.
The McMahons volunteered to remove the diseased tree. The old limbs have punctured holes on the roof of the shed. They also brought in equipment and crews to remove two tree stumps.
"It means a lot to me and I really appreciate what they do, because financially, we're not able to spend the kind of money to do something like this," said McCarthy.
"They're at that age where they probably shouldn't get out here. They might get hurt and we don't want that to happen. They've already risked their lives for us," said McMahon.
McMahon said the free service saved the veterans organization about $1,700. When asked how it felt to be able to do that, McMahon replied, "Great! It's one less less thing for them to worry about."
As the tree came crashing to the ground, the veterans saw it as one big burden off their shoulders.
"It's really awesome! It warms my heart to see people doing things to help us out," said McCarthy.
The organization still needs financial contributions to rebuild a damaged shed, replace the floors in two rooms, and convert a closet into office space for the Ladies Auxiliary.