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A few fish transferred from a smaller tank in the recreation center of the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center, 501 SE Flower Mound Road, are happily enjoying the waters of the new aquarium in the center lobby.

Fish newest residents at local veterans center

The Comanche County Veterans Council has partially realized its goal of replacing the aquarium in the lobby of the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center, 501 SE Flower Mound Road.

In November 2012 the $30,000 aquarium that was installed when the center first opened developed a split on the corner. The opening emptied all the water onto the floor. Unfortunately, the aquarium could not be repaired and had to be removed.

In 2013, Comanche County Veterans Council Chairman Dale Scott announced a new project to raise funds for its replacement. The council took on the project at the request of the center's Residents Council.

"The biggest reason they did this is that it has a soothing and relaxing effect on the residents if they can just sit there and watch the fish for a few minutes," Scott said. "They like it."

Residents of the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center contributed to the project in three ways. First, the Residents Council itself donated money. Individual residents also contributed, and there was a bequest from a former resident.

"It's going to end up being about $21,000 to replace, and what they paid will be in excess of 25 percent" of that, Scott said.

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