John Elliott, a local Marine veteran, contacted the VFW seeking assistance with installing a ramp on his home in Lincoln Park. John had recently suffered a debilitating stroke and needed to begin using a wheelchair. John has physical therapy twice a week as part of his treatment and couldn’t get in and out of his house without additional people helping him.
Other external services weren’t able to accommodate John, so the VFW reached out to their fellow veterans for assistance. Charlie Crosby, safety and health expert in Distribution Operations and chair of our VETS Energy Group, saw the request and reached out to Gary Tanner, a senior technician in Distribution Operations, and the chair of our VETS Disabled Team.
This past year, Gary was contacted by Disabled Team member, and manager in Gas Operations, Matt Gargac, informing of a ramp at our company’s Lynch Road facility that was going to be scrapped. Gary got approval to use the ramp from Renee Tomina, vice president, Gas Operations, and Tony Tomczak, vice president, Corporate Services.