Back in August, FX3 sent Sergeant-At-Arms Sonny Levins and a team of volunteers north to Brookton.
Their mission was to meet a Vietnam veteran by the name of “Poppa” Phill Stoffer and finish building his house.
Poppa Phill had suffered a brain aneurism in October 2019 while trying to finish building his home and the doctors said he shouldn’t have made it.
After hearing of the veteran’s misfortune, the team put boots on the ground to finish Poppa Phills’ home.
After resupplying and coming up with a plan, some unexpected delays occurred and now the cold breath of Mother Nature is not far away.
“The realistic goal we’re sticking to is maximum three weeks, 21 days this needs to be completed,” said Johns.
Jim Carbaugh is a retired biology teacher from Pennsylvania who loves to work hard but keeps the environment loose with his enthusiastic laugh.
Dennis Bigelow is a dirt dog who’s not afraid to get roughed up while putting in the work for fellow veteran.
Both of these veterans have been here since the beginning and don’t plan on backing down now.
Upon arrival back in Maine, the team got a generous donation of close to $2,000 dollars’ worth of wood from Home Depot.
But, with low supplies the team will face a challenge in finishing the mission before winter arrives.
“We need insulation right now these walls, a little bit of reinforced value but with this cold winter coming we could definitely use some insulation,” said Levins.
On top of the insulation Johns said the “need for roofing tin, volunteers, and any donations is crucial.”
Poppa Phill said he spends upwards of $500 a month on propane just to heat the tin camper he currently lives in.
“When the roof is on there and there aren’t no cracks I can see through, I’m coming out of that trailer man, two years of this is a lot,” said Stoffer.
The mission is in full swing with some twists, but Poppa Phil isn’t shy when expressing the importance of his fellow veterans answering the call.
“We got a lot of people praying for this but these brothers here, they made a goal man, they kept their word, they came from all over the and I’m going to be back here with them,” said Stoffer.
“We couldn’t have picked a better recipient to help out a better vet, a guy that is just a pillar of the community here. He’s always helping others. It’s nice to be able to help him,” said Levins.
To follow this story or get involved visit the FX3 website or any of the team’s social media pages on the hyperlinks.
Sonny Levins : @1MonsterMission
Poppa Phill Stoffer : @PhillPoppa
Jim Carbol : @outdooranswer
Dennis Bigelow : @DennisBigelow6