MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — Veterans are tough and courageous, but even the bravest know when it’s time to reach out for help, and roofing contractors were happy to respond to one such call last month.
U.S. Army veteran Loretta Grant said she had been enduring some tough times, so she decided to contact Purple Heart Homes, a veteran organization that provides housing for disabled and aging veterans. The organization responded and found that Grant was in need of a new roof.
On Feb. 19, Absolute Roofing & Construction in Cleveland arrived at her home in Maple Heights and installed a brand new roof at no cost to the veteran. Grant, who spent three years in the military and served in combat in Mogadishu, Somalia, was grateful she no longer had to worry about her leaky roof.
"I'm pretty excited," Grant told Fox-affiliated WJW. "It's a big weight off my shoulders. It means a lot that somebody is willing to do that for me."
The roofing project was part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment program, a nationwide effort dedicated to showing gratitude and honor to veterans who served and the families who support them. Since the program’s inception in 2016, more than 170 military members have received new roofs.
For this particular project, Owens Corning partnered with Absolute Roofing as well as Purple Heart Homes and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Greater Cleveland. Chris Kamis, president of Absolute Roofing, said the project saved Grant around $10,000.
“She had no way to take care of it on her own, which is actually a tragedy because of what she’s done in the military for our citizens, for our country, for our freedoms,” Kamis told WJW.
This was the second roofing project Absolute Roofing participated in with the Owens Corning Roof Deployment. The roofing contractor donated the labor while Owens Corning provided the materials.
“They put their lives on the line for us, I appreciate that, we all appreciate that,” said Kamis.