By Builder 2nd Class Stephanie Wolff, CBMU 202 Det Jax Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- HandsOn Jacksonville commended several Seabees of Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202 Detachment, Jacksonville for their support of a local disabled veteran, May 5.
Nine Seabees from the detachment were instrumental in rebuilding and enhancing the deck, wheelchair ramp, and walkways for the home of Navy veteran C.J. Bagocius, a former naval aircrewman.
"I have the utmost appreciation and give thanks to everyone involved in this project," said Bagocius. "It has bettered my life in ways I cannot explain. I am so thankful to Utilitiesman 1st Class Paul Hoxit for making this happen. Bravo Zulu to the entire team for helping me."
The project consisted of the demolition of the existing wheelchair ramp and the construction of a new wheelchair ramp, deck and boardwalk. The Seabees also constructed concrete sidewalks from the ramp to the driveway. Prior to the new construction, Bagocius' walkways consisted of dirt -- making it very difficult for him to enter and exit his home.
"This is what HandsOn Jacksonville does," said Michael P. Fleming, retired Army National Guard brigadier general and Chairman of the Board of HandsOn Jacksonville. "We put volunteers and volunteer projects together, and in this case Seabees were able to assist a fellow Navy veteran."
"It feels amazing to be able to work in the community to help those with disabilities," said Builder 3rd Class Kurtis McQueary. "I cannot wait to continue our efforts to assist others in need."
"You have to give back to those who served before us," said Builder 3rd Class Nathan Waddell. "That's what Seabees do!"
The nine Seabees volunteered approximately 160 hours, completing the project February 26.