VFW Post 2185 receives a new roof for free

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael blew the roof off of VFW Post 2185 in Panama City and members weren't sure if they would be able to reopen until CMR Construction and Roofing came along to fix their roof for free.

Mary Bizien, of CMR Construction said, "We're excited beyond belief to do this for these people because we know that they need this building. This is their second home, they come together. It's actually a place where they get healing too because they get to sit down and talk with one another about their war stories and what they've experienced and they need a gathering place and this is it."

Officials with the post say they had a wind exclusion in their insurance policy, so they wouldn't have been able to replace it on their own.

They say the post is more than just a building.

Jamie Warrick, the Quartermaster for VFW Post 2185 said, "This is a family for a lot of veterans. Some veterans don't have that family structure that they can go to so this is their livelihood for some people. This generates funds so we can do other programs to help other people."

Other people also came in to help the post. A group called All Hands and Hearts came in to help clean out the interior.

Emily Wilmoth from All Hands and Hearts said, "It's good to have some places that help out the entire community and it's not just one homeowner, it's something that means a lot to a lot of people. So, if we can help in any way, it means a lot to our organization."

Officials with the post hope to reopen by May.