Local Barbershop Provides More than Just Haircuts to Vets
LEWISTON, ID —
Saturday was Veterans’ Day, and local businesses showed support all week long. One of those businesses showed support with a pair of clippers and a razor.
Every Veterans’ Day, the Locker Room barbershop in downtown Lewiston honors veterans and active duty servicemen and women by giving free haircuts.
"Well this is fantastic. This is probably one of the highlights of the year. We've geared our business to sports, veterans, and emergency people," says Locker Room co-owner Bill Dellbridge.
Dellbridge himself is a veteran, serving in the Army reserves and leaving as a staff sergeant after six years. His entire family has served: his sons, his father, and his son in law. He recognizes those who lost their lives every second.
"It makes me feel bad when I think of all the young guys that never really got a chance. When you think of military, most of them were only 19 20 years old. For them to make that commitment to give their lives for their country, they need to be respected," continues Dellbridge.
One of the barbers is Sean Hull. He says this is one of the best days of the year.
"The best part was getting to connect with all the other vets, trading stories with the guys, just giving back to the community."
But the vest he wears isn’t just to show his appreciation. It's to show his own years of service. Hull was a Navy Seabee, and despite the thanks on Veterans’ Day, there's something more powerful everyone can do.
"When you come home, especially the men and women that came home from Vietnam, they were spit on, they were cussed at, they were called baby killers. That ain’t right. When we came home from Iraq and Afghanistan, we were welcomed with open arms. I saw a lot of Vietnam vets when we came home that you could tell they were heartbroken, because they didn’t get that. My father's a 'Nam vet, so he told me you don’t thank them for their service, you shake their hand and you tell them welcome home. They didn’t get it, and they deserved it," says Hull.
Hull says his father came home on a carrier underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and had rotten garbage dumped on him and onto the ship.
But now, he says giving haircuts is his way of showing support.
"For me, it's a way to say thank you to your brothers and sisters in arms. It's a way to say thank you for fighting with me," adds Hull.
On Saturday, the Locker Room saw over 100 people receive haircuts, and 44 of those were veterans. They say those numbers are massive increases from last year, despite being open one less hour.