EVART \u2013 Members of the VFW Post 7979 in Evart are working hard to bring\u00a0nearly a decade of waiting to a successful end. Members of the post have been granted a UH-1 Huey helicopter used\u00a0extensively during the Vietnam War, courtesy of an equipment donation\u00a0program offered by the U.S. Tank and Automotive Command in Warren. They\u00a0plan to display it outside the post in Evart as a memorial for veterans from the\u00a0area. David Brickey has served as the post commander in Evart periodically over the\u00a0years, and has worked with others at the VFW to help bring a piece of history\u00a0to the Evart community. Several years ago, he began the search for a piece\u00a0of used military equipment to be displayed at the post, a practice that is not\u00a0uncommon at VFW and AMVET posts. "When I was commander a little over eight years ago, I applied for a piece of\u00a0military equipment,\u201d Brickey said. \u201cI just recently got an email saying there\u2019s\u00a0one available to us. Equipment doesn't get brought back from overseas\u00a0anymore, so it's extremely hard to get one for a display." VFW member Jim Eaton joined the search for the helicopter about two years\u00a0ago, bringing new life to Brickey's request, which had been tabled for several\u00a0years. "This is an ongoing thing. I just rejoined the post about three years ago, and\u00a0about two years ago I started trying to get this thing organized,\u201d Eaton said. \u201cI\u00a0was told we might as well forget about it.\u201d After finally being referred to TACOM, Eaton and Brickey were able to fill out\u00a0the proper request forms, and received an email about a month ago that a\u00a0helicopter in Pennsylvania is available for the post. Now that their search is over, working to get the piece of equipment to\u00a0Michigan is the next big hurdle facing the post. Brickey said TACOM requires\u00a0letters of confirmation at each step of the moving process, from loading the\u00a0helicopter in Pennsylvania and hauling it to Michigan to unloading it again at its\u00a0new home. Finding a company to haul the helicopter is left to the VFW, as well as the cost\u00a0of transporting it. "As soon as we can get someone to commit to hauling it for us, we\u2019ll have it,"\u00a0Brickey said. "It has to be someone who has a lowboy trailer. We're hoping we\u00a0won't have to hire someone. We're hoping some goodhearted person out there\u00a0will volunteer to haul it for us." Brickey said hiring a company to transport the helicopter is not possible for\u00a0such a small post with limited funds. Once the helicopter makes it safely to Evart, however, VFW members have\u00a0plans to restore it to its original state. They want it to look similar to how it\u00a0would have during its use in Vietnam. Gerald Davis is a retired member of the military and the youngest active\u00a0member of Post 7979. Having had experience with helicopters and other\u00a0military equipment in the past, Davis is excited to see the donation make it to\u00a0Evart and has volunteered his time to help restore it. "I have kind of a working knowledge of helicopters," he said. "Being an aircraft\u00a0electrician, knowing something about the helicopter helps out because most of\u00a0the other guys were from other branches of service.\u201d More importantly, members of the VFW see the donation as a way to honor\u00a0many of the area's veterans for their service. "This is important to our veterans," said Brickey. "The helicopter will bring a\u00a0nice display to our post and will bring a little pride to our community."