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Airman's Attic ready to help Team V Airmen

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- With the current state of the economy, gathering all of the necessary items for a new house might seem overwhelming - with the Airman's Attic some of that stress might be relieved.

"The attic exists to help Airmen E-5 and below and their families with the costs of setting up a new house," said Mrs. Joey Diaz, the Airman's Attic coordinator. "When Airmen are just starting out, they don't usually have much -- the attic is here to offset those costs if possible."

Items available at the attic are donated by the community, base members and retirees. Household items such as furniture, appliances and baby items are available.

"Even if an Airman is already established, being able to get necessities from the attic might allow them to be able to spend money on a child's birthday gift or more food -- ultimately making family time more pleasant," Mrs. Diaz said.

The attic is run by a select few who volunteer their time to make sure the facility remains open. With such few volunteers, the attic is always looking for more people to help.

"Without the help of volunteers and support of base personnel, the Airman's Attic would cease to exist," said Mrs. Diaz.

In the past year, the number of Airmen who have been able to receive help has more than tripled, proving just how important support of the attic really is.

The attic prides itself on being able to offer the donations to Airmen in need at absolutely no cost and without any paperwork. Airmen no longer are required to notify their first sergeants prior to using the facility -- something that may have previously scared people away from using the attic, said Mrs. Diaz.

Although the hours of operations are limited, the attic exists to help as many people as possible during that time. The facility, which is located in Building 8339, is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on volunteer opportunities or donations, contact Mrs. Diaz at 606-5484.