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Vandalism has veterans fighting mad

Doris Evert Doris Evert
Sandy Ballard Sandy Ballard

By Leland Kim - bio | email

FOSTER VILLAGE (KHNL)  -  Vandals defaced a building dedicated to helping military veterans.  It happened two and a half weeks ago, and now retired vets are asking for your help to catch the culprits.

It happened between the evening of Saturday, October 4, and the following morning.  They want to find the criminals or they'll have to take money from much needed programs to fix the damage.

Vandals' handiwork is a visible open sore in Foster Village, seen even from high above.  The victim is the Oahu Veterans Center.

"We don't do that kind of thing," said Sandy Ballard, executive director of the Oahu Veterans Center.  "This is a sacred building as far as we're concerned."

And veterans like Doris Evert are fighting mad.

"I don't know who did it, but if I could get a hold of 'em, the police wouldn't have had too much to deal with after I got through with them because I was that angry," said Evert, a 66-year-old retired Army staff sergeant.

Vandals sprayed graffiti on the west section of the building's roof.

"Can you point to me where it is?" asked KHNL.

"It's up there on the high side of the roof," said Evert.

"And how much will it cost to fix it?" asked KHNL.

"About two thousand dollars," answered Evert.

"We cannot paint it out; we have to replace the roof," said Ballard.  "We have a 23 by 8 foot section that has to be totally replaced."

That's because the roof is made out of composition tiles.  To paint over it would compromise the integrity of the roof.

"We're here to help our veterans," said Evert. "And when we have to take money from our accounts that we have, and pay for a roof to be done, that's a slap in the face."

A slap in the face for Evert and other veterans.

She has the following message for the vandals:

"The next time you do it, we will be looking," she said. "The police will be looking and I hope and pray that you remember this is a veterans place."

They have a fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, November 8.  They hope to raise enough money to cover the cost to fix the roof as well as fund existing programs.

Police have no suspects at this time.

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