LCRA, City of Lockhart award $5,000 grant for improvements at VFW post
Caldwell County Post No. 8927 adding handicapped-accessible walkway, covered pavilion
Nov. 12, 2020
LOCKHART, Texas – A $5,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Lockhart will enable Caldwell County VFW Post No. 8927 to install a concrete walkway and a covered seating area to make it easier for disabled members and guests to enjoy outdoor events at the post.
Post Adjutant Wayne Fischer said the new 40- to 50-foot walkway will begin at the post’s back door and lead to the burn pit that is used for formal retirement ceremonies for U.S. flags. Adjacent to the burn pit, the post will add a covered concrete pavilion that will measure approximately 15 feet by 15 feet.
“We’ve already set it in place,” Fischer said of the project funded by a Community Development Partnership Program grant. “We’ve ordered all the steel and concrete. Right now, it’s a dirt path, and we really wanted a covered area, one that’s handicapped-accessible. We have a lot of older members and some of them have difficulties walking without assistance. This addition will enhance our ability to provide a more enjoyable experience for everyone.”
About 180 members belong to VFW Post No. 8927 in Lockhart. The post offers activities and programs for veterans living in Caldwell County, and includes a Veterans Services Office that assists local veterans in dealing with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Three or four times a year, the post properly disposes of tattered American flags, burning them as part of retirement ceremonies that often involve members of Boy Scout Troop 109 and the Junior ROTC program at Lockhart High School.
“It’s a very formal ceremony for the disposal of these flags, and it’s very patriotic,” said Fischer, who served in the U.S. Navy for two decades. “The ceremonies allow younger kids to show appreciation for what it means to honor the flag.”
The post also has an annual Fourth of July fireworks display and hosts a “turkey shoot” each November, when participants fire at paper targets in bids to win a frozen turkey and other prizes. Both events are open to the public.
“Everybody was very pleased that we put in for the grant,” Fischer said. “We just didn’t know what to expect. There are a lot of other projects we’re trying to get up and running, but many of the grant programs have shut down right now.”
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Lockhart is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.