Vietnam War Veteran Ken Fabiani and volunteers with the Zephyrhills Elks Lodge are helping veterans leaving rehab get on their feet by furnishing their apartments with gently used donated furniture, according to Bay News 9. While many veterans are experiencing hardships due to the housing crisis, Fabiani says that it is the least they can do to help them and thank veterans for their service.
Fabiani, 75, shared that after his leg amputation, he wanted to get active and work on something meaningful, which led him to help his fellow veterans. In his storage unit, he has couches, desks, dressers, and more items ready to give to veterans in need. While veterans ask how much it costs to get a piece of furniture, there is no cost as every piece of furniture is free just for them. So far, Fabiani has helped over 180 veterans through his furniture project, and encourages anyone who has gently used furniture to donate to contact the Elks Lodge.
Fabiani is often reminded of his time in service, especially at home where the August 1967 issue of Life Magazine is on display with his picture on the front cover. Fabiani was photographed while in Vietnam holding a water hose in his hand fighting off a fire on the USS Forrestal Aircraft carrier. His captain called him a national hero, and to this day, it brings tears to Fabiani’s eyes when he is thanked for his service.
With his furniture project, Fabiani hopes that he makes veterans feel good and appreciated for their service. The program is going and growing as the Zephyrhills Elks Lodge was awarded a spotlight grant of $2,000 which was matched by the state so that they could purchase house appliances for veterans. Through his compassionate efforts, Fabiani reminds everyone of the importance of recognizing, honoring, and thanking our national heroes.