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The Old Forge Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4954 is getting a facelift, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation.

According to a letter from foundation president Kelly Caffarelli, the selection stemmed from board member Joe McFarland's positive stories about his experience with the VFW and the significance the post made to his life following deployment.

Caffarelli praised Post 4954 in the letter, calling it "an important asset to the Old Forge area."

"This grant will benefit our membership by allowing us to upgrade the facility," said post commander Louis Cusumano. "We will be doing some remodeling to our post."

The post's board is slated to meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to decide on the details of the renovation.

The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over the course of three years to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans in 2011.

Besides the funding, the post is also eligible to partner with volunteers from one of the local Home Depot stores to complete some of the renovation work.

In addition to the facelift, Cusumano added that the post is also currently conducting a membership drive, especially seeking veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

"We'll pay the first year post dues for our most recent veterans," he said.

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