Chattanooga Elks Lodge earns grant to help veterans with home repairs

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Helping veterans has always been a priority for members of the Chattanooga Elks Lodge, and now, thanks to a community impact grant from the Elks National Foundation, they're able to take it to a new level.

"Our lodge was one of 14 lodges across the country chosen for this grant," Exalted Ruler/President of the Chattanooga Elks Lodge Dawn Whitener said in a phone interview. "We're working to make it go as far as possible."

Each lodge applying for a grant had to present a project to the Elks National Foundation, and the Chattanooga lodge, at 1067 Graysville Road, chose to focus on making home repairs for veterans who don't have other funding means to do so, thus beginning project "Home Sweet Home" by the Chattanooga Elks Lodge.

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"Things like building wheelchair ramps, making electrical or plumbing repairs and anything that presents a safety issue, especially for our veterans who are disabled, those are the things we want to help with and work on through this grant funding," Whitener said.