Just a little more than two months ago, Gordon Soderberg and the Veterans Green Bus pulled into Roanoke, fresh from a months-long relief effort on Long Island following Superstorm Sandy.
Then disaster struck the bus, which has been elaborately retooled to run on used cooking grease. Its starter system caught fire, necessitating more than $4,000 in repairs.
Soderberg picked up the fixed bus from the Virginia Truck Center in Cloverdale May 15. It has a new starter, battery cables, air lines, fuel lines, and U-joints. He paid the bill with money he raised from online and cash donations from readers of The Roanoke Times.
The final $1,200 toward repairs came from Archie Gordon. A Vietnam veteran who lives in Cave Spring and is retired from the telecommunications industry, Gordon said he hooked up with Soderberg after reading of his plight in this newspaper.
“He needed it,” Gordon told me Wednesday. “That was all that was keeping him from getting [the bus] to the west coast. “It’s the brotherhood.”
Now Soderberg is preparing to head out of town to the next big disaster scene — Moore, Oklahoma, which was decimated by a gigantic killer tornado on Monday. And he needs your discarded grease.
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