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William J. Czmyr Jr.

President of Organization and Treasurer

Post 15

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The American Legion Veterans Housing Inc

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"When I started this, I said, 'Well, it's a shot in the dark.' But right now, we're under construction," says Bill Czmyr, project president and longtime Legionnaire. "I never dreamed this was going to happen."

The initiative's beginnings are as grassroots as its goals. A reputed member of Post 15, Czmyr was often asked around town what he and fellow Legionnaires planned to do with the two vacated floors on top of their post building. In 2003, he told someone on a whim that they'd look into converting the space into apartments for veterans.
His seemingly flippant idea gradually picked up momentum, as he got estimates from local contractors for construction costs and assembled a makeshift fundraising crew filled with locals willing to volunteer their time and expertise. They filed for official nonprofit status and began meeting weekly, officially as American Legion Veterans Housing Inc.
"No one ever told me I was crazy, no one ever told me to get out of here," Czmyr says.
"We're under construction now," Czmyr says.
"It's going to maintain the apartment, a small fraction will go to the veteran for personal needs," Czmyr says.
"I'd like to see each veteran in the nation donate just $1," Czmyr says. "I'm not asking for $20 or $100...
Seeing its completion and success has taken on great personal meaning for Czmyr, who empathizes deeply with anyone who spends a night outdoors without a roof over their head.
"I grew up on a farm where, when the woodstove went out, it was just as cold inside as it was outside," he says.

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"Seven years ago, at one of our meetings, we discussed the military creed 'that no comrade is left behind,'" William Czmyr, president of organization and treasurer of Post 15, said in a news release.


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