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Vandenberg's Airman's Attic is here to help

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Although economic times like these can be tough on a junior enlisted member's wallet, Vandenberg offers a service that is designed just for them.

This service is provided by Vandenberg's Airman's Attic.

The Airman's Attic offers free basic housing merchandise and clothing to servicemembers from all U.S. military branches, ranks E-5 and below.

"The Airman's Attic is designed to help young troops with household items and other goods so that their minds can be at ease while they are out doing their jobs," said Betty James, the Airman's Attic director.

Airman's Attic specializes in items that are used to start a home, like living room furniture, car seats, baby clothes, bookshelves and much more at no cost.

Not only are the items free, but there is also no paperwork and no hassle attached to an Airman's Attic transaction. All an E-5 or below has to do is visit the store. This type of service to the youngest men and women of the military is not self supported - donations are necessary.

When donating, please keep these two things in mind: The junior enlistee's benefit from the item and the Airman's Attic donation drop-off hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays). Donate items that would benefit a junior enlistee and (or) his or her family, and refrain from donating items that are in poor condition.

The Airman's Attic offers other volunteer opportunities as well. People can work at the attic while it is open, or they can offer to go to houses and pick up items to be donated.

"Our staff is entirely a volunteer force," said Mrs. James, an 18-year veteran volunteer at the Airman's Attic. "The Airman's Attic is always in the need of new volunteers. Most of our volunteers are spouses, and when their spouses gets orders, we have to find somebody to replace them."

If anyone wants more information on volunteering or donating goods, call 606-5484, or email Betty James at  

"We pride ourselves on providing troops with necessities, and those necessities increase their quality of life," Mrs. James said.

The Airman's Attic (Building 8339) is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.