Ramping Up Vet Services

Many would say that someone who has lived 94 years has already seen more than most.  The one thing that 94-year-old Navy veteran Floyd Cox had not seen was an easier way to enter and exit his home. 

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Many would say that someone who has lived 94 years has already seen more than most.  The one thing that 94-year-old Navy veteran Floyd Cox had not seen was an easier way to enter and exit his Cullman home.  Thanks to designated funding from NeighborWorks, Mr. Cox’s home has been upgraded with an accessibility ramp to help him avoid having to use the steps in front of his home.  Many would say that someone who has lived 94 years has already seen more than most.  The one thing that 94-year-old Navy veteran Floyd Cox had not seen was an easier way to enter and exit his Cullman home.  Thanks to designated funding from NeighborWorks, Mr. Cox’s home has been upgraded with an accessibility ramp to help him avoid having to use the steps in front of his home.   Following a referral by Saving Forgotten Warriors, the ramp was installed this fall at the Cox home with the help of locally contracted builders.

Homeownership Specialist Candy Ayers facilitated the ramp funding to expand the Partnership’s footprint to reach local veterans in need. Mr. Cox’s stepdaughter Mary Lamar served as the primary contact with Candy and played a major role in organizing the building of the ramp. The Partnership was able to provide the funding for all of the materials for Mr. Cox’s new ramp. During a visit with Partnership CEO Michael Tubbs, Mr. Cox shared his naval experiences during World War II. His unit was stationed at Okinawa and was unaware for several days of the events that took place in Japan to end the war. Once he returned to Cullman, Mr. Cox got a job a local furniture store. He was later forced to quit because he was not allowed to be off on Saturdays to play sports for his alma mater Fairview High School. According to Mary, Mr. Cox was a master electrician by trade. “There was nothing he couldn’t do,” she said. With his new ramp installed at his home, easily getting into and out of his house will no longer be something he cannot do. IMG_3775