Story Number: NNS140714-26Release Date: 7/14/2014 3:46:00 PM
By Candice Villarreal, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego Public Affairs
LAKESIDE, Calif. (NNS) -- NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego Sailors donated their time and care July 9 by volunteering for a San Diego Habitat for Humanity program that will benefit disabled veterans and their families in Lakeside, California.
Fifteen Sailors - all first class petty officers and chief petty officers - took part in the effort, lending their skills and sweat to tasks that included digging ditches, planting trees, construction cleanup, irrigation system installation, and landscaping of the grounds and yards for four townhomes. Each of the structures will soon become affordable homeownership for disabled veterans through the Building for the Brave program.
"At first, we didn't even know the houses were for disabled veterans; we were just volunteering our time and building teamwork and camaraderie as part of the Navy's CPO 365 initiative," said Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Medea Dudley. "We just thought we were building the bond between our first classes and chiefs, while giving back to a community that gives back to us with their support. Knowing we took part in doing something good for these veterans - some of whom wouldn't be able to afford something so customized for them without this program - is even more fulfilling."
The Building for the Brave program is the first project of its kind for the organization in the city. Each of the four homes are tailored to disabled veterans' needs and will be specially equipped and outfitted with features and furnishings that are specifically adapted to the special needs of the veterans.
"It was awesome to be able to go out there and help build for some of our own," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Makita Lewis. "Even when it's hot outside and you're working in the dirt, you love doing it because it's going to help someone's family out. We can't always give money, but we can volunteer our time, and sometimes that's the best way to contribute."
San Diego Habitat for Humanity - the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International - is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. While the command is active in the community and volunteers for numerous volunteer opportunities year-round, this event was the first partnership with Habitat for Humanity in 2014.
"It was a pleasure to help for such a good cause as veterans ourselves, and we all took great pride in it," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Aubrey Eubanks. "It was a really rewarding day of work."
Construction for the homes began in March of 2013. All four townhomes are scheduled for completion by the end of the summer.
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support, provides global logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other joint and allied Forces. Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods movement support, postal and consolidated mail, warehousing, global logistics and husbanding, hazardous material management, and integrated logistics support.
NAVSUP GLS comprises more than 5,700 military and civilian logistics professionals, contractors and foreign nationals operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from 110 locations worldwide.
A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, NAVSUP GLS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.
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