Volunteers work to build a community center for veterans in Woodstock

A Navy veteran from Woodstock who died last year is spearheading a major volunteer effort in the north of the country to support veterans. Jeff Ingalls was taken hostage in a 1985 hijacking and held for 17 days. For months, volunteers have gathered on Saturdays to renovate a house that organizers say will open next summer as a community center for veterans. The center will be called Veterans’ Rest Stop. Friends said Ingalls had battled post-traumatic stress disorder when he returned home and resources were tight. This project is the manifestation of Ingalls’ dream of giving veterans a place to meet and find support. On Saturday, two dozen volunteers, including local firefighters and high school students, returned. “The idea is to make the existing house a community center and then we’ll build six smaller houses, hopefully where vets can come in and transition,” said President Kelly Philbrick. Local businesses are doing donation of septic, excavation and architectural designs For more information on the Veterans Rest Area or to donate, check out their Facebook page.

A Navy veteran from Woodstock who died last year is spearheading a major volunteer effort in the north of the country to support veterans. Jeff Ingalls was taken hostage in a 1985 hijacking and held for 17 days.

For months, volunteers have gathered on Saturdays to renovate a house that organizers say will open next summer as a community center for veterans. The center will be called the Veterans Rest Area.

Friends said Ingalls had battled post-traumatic stress disorder when he returned home and resources were tight. This project is the manifestation of Ingalls’ dream of giving veterans a place to meet and find support.

On Saturday, two dozen volunteers, including local firefighters and high school students, returned.

“The idea is to make the existing house a community center and then we’re going to build six small houses, hopefully, where vets can come and transition in,” President Kelly Philbrick said.

Local businesses donate septic analyses, excavation and architectural designs.

For more information on the Veterans Rest Area or to donate check out their facebook page.

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