"I wanted to support the veterans. My grandfather is a veteran and was in construction," Sanders, owner of R & M Painting, told The Brazil Times recently. "I'm not a veteran, but my grandfather taught me construction. So I wanted to volunteer to help out."
Sanders and another volunteer, Cameron Mathews, painted all the inside walls during the weekend of Jan. 3.
"It went pretty quick once we got started," Sanders said.
Appreciative of the quick professional paint job done by Sanders and Mathews, Mike Dowell, owner of Dowell Construction, is very excited about the progress of the construction project.
For more than 20 years, VFW members organized fundraisers, which were supported by the community, with the intention of building a new post.
In October 2007, the members announced they were ready to start the building process and were looking at many floor plans.
The new floor plan they chose for the larger facility featured updates to the kitchen area, a new Bingo game room, a small bar and dance floor and an area that could be used for social events.
On Sept. 13, 2008, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the building site, and things have been busy ever since.
"It's moving along nicely," Dowell said.
"What's really impressive about this job is the VFW club members are trying to use as many local contractors and distributors as possible. They've made a real effort to stay local as a way to better our local economy. Which is really important right now."
Barring any complications, the construction project could be completed within the next six-eight weeks.
"(Sanders and Mathews) did an excellent job. They were in and out of there in less then five hours," VFW Quartermaster Randy Phillips told The Brazil Times. "They did a great service for us."
Phillips said the VFW membership is looking forward to February.
"It's been a long time coming and we can't wait to get inside," Phillips said. "We're just tickled at the way things are going."