One veteran receives a new roof thanks to the Habitat for Humanity program, replacing his leaking and rotted roof

A Marine veteran received a new roof Monday in Belleville after all the wood on his old roof rotted away.
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“I can’t believe this. This is the best Thanksgiving I’ve ever had.” Don Maurer exclaimed.

Owens Corning released a new roof installation guide that made the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project possible.

For six years, Owens Corning has been working with Habitat for Humanity of Western Wayne County to help veterans.

“There are just so many veterans to help,” says Habitat for Humanity employee Margaret Kucharek. “Some of them aren’t veterans themselves, but that doesn’t matter. Those who are able to do it are really kind and generous, and they’re just great people.”

Neighborhood Roofing installed the roof.

“I think you’ve got to give back,” said Tom Meadows about their business. Tom continued, “This is a company that’s big on giving back.”

The repair came at a perfect time.

“It makes sense that they didn’t have any damage inside,” Meadows said. “I’d bet this winter, the spring would have caused some serious problems.”

Michigan veterans are facing more and more repair problems. HUD reports that in the past three years, over 82,000 veterans have needed homeownership services because of this problem.

Numbers weren’t the only thing that Tom Meadow’s work project in Belleville had going for it. The project was not only helpful to Tom, but also an opportunity for him to get reacquainted with one of our country’s heroes.

“Don’s a really nice guy,” Meadows said. “When I first came to the company he was really excited to welcome me and all the help we need. I can’t say enough good things about him, he really is an awesome guy.”

If you are looking for information, assistance, or help with a skill, veteran resources such as VFW or the Wounded Warrior Program may be able to help. They offer a lot of services for veterans and those transitioning out of military life.

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