For two weeks during the storms that buried the metro area in snow, a few local American Legion veterans turned their post into a warming shelter.

American Legion Post 134 Commander Sean Davis told KATU the decision to open their doors to those in need of shelter came after a homeless man died of hypothermia on Jan. 3.

“We get sent thousands of miles away to help other communities,” Davis said of the post’s veterans, “why can’t we just help our own community?”