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Aiding area veterans one haircut at a time

Pioneer Barber Shop holds fundraiser for Sandy VFW post

Paul Padilla has owned Pioneer Barber Shop for three years. Every year he has held a benefit for the veterans of the area.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, Padilla once again will hold his Veterans Day event.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Pioneer Barber Shop will offer free haircuts to men and boys, veterans and civilians alike.

However, Padilla will accept donations for the Sandy Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“Of every dime I make,” Padilla said, “100 percent goes in the bucket.”Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - For the third year, Paul Padilla will honor veterans by hosting a fundraiser at his barber shop Saturday.

In the three years he’s been holding the fundraiser, Padilla has raised $1,500 for the VFW.

“It’s just to help the vets coming home,” he said.

The walls of the barber shop, at 38776 Pioneer Blvd., are plastered with sports paraphernalia. The back room is devoted to a pool table and photos of Padilla with Muhammed Ali.

Amid the memories are two photos, one of Padilla’s son, now 37, in his Air Force uniform, and another of Padilla’s uncle, who lost his sight after serving in Iwo Jima during World War II.

When asked why he does this every year, Padilla answered that it’s because of what he hears every day.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Padillas business proudly displays photos of his son and uncle, who both served in the armed forces.

As a barber, he hears a lot of personal stories and things that are going on in the lives of his customers, which makes him think of the young men who are serving in the Middle East.

“Anything you’ve got to gripe about,” Padilla said, “they’d be more than happy to jump places with you.”

Recently, the Sandy VFW presented Padilla with a plaque honoring him for his continued support of donations made from his yearly Veterans Day events.

The plaque has joined his other memorabilia, proudly displayed on the wall of his barber shop.

“One day of giving up whatever comes out of here is nothing,” Padilla said.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars presented Padilla with a plaque, honoring his ongoing donations.