Community donates La-Z-Boys to Veterans home

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Community members came together to donate six La-Z-Boy chairs to the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home.

Community members came together to donate six La-Z-Boy chairs to the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home. Source: (KNOE)

The effort was led by Margaret Horne, whose husband lives at the home.

"Now we will have chairs for all of our vets in this unit to be able to rest well," said Horne.

Nurses said sitting in wheelchairs for extended periods of time can pinch pressure points and become uncomfortable for residents. They said the new chairs give the veterans a chance to stretch out and make them feel more at home.

Horne said the veterans have earned it.

"They have done so much for us. They have sacrificed so much. And we just appreciate what they've done. And we want to give back to them," she said.

Horne said around 35 different members from the community raised around $6,000. She said she plans to use the rest of the money to buy another three chairs.

Joey Strickland, Louisiana Secretary of Veterans Affairs, said he appreciates Horne's work.

"These veterans have earned everything we can provide, and even more," said Strickland.

He said the VA can't be everywhere, so it felt good to see the community pitching in to take care of the seniors.

"Our communities are our partners, so it makes me feel wonderful when our community reaches out."

Horne said she's already seeing the chairs make an impact.

"One of our vets, just as he got into the chair today, he looked up and he said 'this is nice.' And that was good for him to be able to say three words," she said. "So just, it's been a joy for me."