Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seabees Come to the Aid of a Veteran

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seabees Come to the Aid of a Veteran

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Byline: Cindy Holifield

Nine Seabees from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 Detachment answered the call for help from a retired sailor in his time of need.

C.J. Bagocius, a former U.S. Navy airman, needed help getting in and out of his home, and the Seabees, along with Home Depot and volunteers from HandsOn Jacksonville, stepped up.

"I have the utmost appreciation and give thanks to everyone involved in this project," Bagocius said. "It has bettered my life in ways I cannot explain."

The Seabees took down an existing wheelchair ramp, built another one and a deck and boardwalk. They also constructed concrete sidewalks from the ramp to the driveway. The previous walkways were made of dirt and made it difficult for the wheelchair-confined vet to get in and out of his home.

"This is what HandsOn Jacksonville does," said

Michael Fleming, retired Army National Guard brigadier general and chairman of the board at HandsOn Jacksonville. "We put volunteers and volunteer projects together and, in this case, Seabees were able to assist a fellow Navy veteran."

The Seabees spent about 160 hours on the project.

"Bravo Zulu to the entire team for helping me," Bagocius said.

Bravo Zulu is a naval signal, typically conveyed by flag hoist or voice radio, meaning "Well Done."

Here's more good news:

- Area Navy Junior ROTC cadets have earned $1,000 scholarships each from the Cmdr. Richard and Sherry Murray Scholarship Fund.

Cadet Master Chief Savannah Green, from Clay High School, will attend Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. Cadet Commander Charese Chandler, also from Clay High School, will be attending the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Cadet Commander Vanessa Rodriguez, from Ridgeview High School, will attend the Navy Academy Preparatory School. All three plan to become Marine or Navy officers.

"The scholarships are awarded to area cadets who have demonstrated determination, perseverance and a personal resolve to better themselves and their communities in the face of adversity," said retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert D. Peterson.

- One of the most appreciated things a service member can be sent is a care package, especially one that is personalized. …

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