The COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed down business for roofing contractors, but that hasn’t stopped them from giving back to those who have fought for our freedoms.
Roofing contractors are making headlines across the country for donating free roofs to deserving veterans, giving them one less thing to worry about while they endure the COVID-19 crisis. Here are just a few that have recently helped out military families.
Skywalker Roofing Donates Roof to Army Veteran
In Asheboro, N.C., Skywalker Roofing provided U.S. Army veteran Earl Spruill a brand new roof on May 6. This is yet another project the contractor has donated through participating in No Roofs Left Behind and the Owens Corning Roof Deployment, a nationwide program that brings free roofs to military families through Platinum Preferred Contractors.
“We partnered with the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project and Purple Heart Homes to provide local veteran Earl Spruill and his family in Asheboro with a better roof replacement than he ever could’ve imagined,” Skywalker Roofing said in a Facebook post.
Monarch Roofing Donates Roof to Air Force Veteran
On May 5, Monarch Roofing surprised Air Force veteran Michael Kutemeyer in Rincon, Ga. with a brand new roof with its Roofs for Troops program.
“Even just to surprise them with something like that because they’ve given so much to us, being able to give back in a little way like that, it’s incredible,” said Alicia Tetreault, marketing director of Monarch Roofing.
Holding back tears, Kutemeyer told Fox-affiliated WTGS he was overwhelmed by the gesture and thankful that Monarch Roofing chose to help him and his family.
Lon Smith Roofing Honors Fort Worth Navy Veteran With New Roof
In Fort Worth, Texas, Lon Smith Roofing presented Navy veteran Wayne Rooks with a brand new roof on April 28. Rooks was this quarter’s recipient of Lon Smith Roofing’s Roofs for Vets program that honors local veterans who need a new roof but might not have the resources to purchase one.
Rooks has lived in Fort Worth for years, and several years ago faced a serious battle with throat cancer that he successfully won. Still, he faces challenges at home. The roof on his house leaks and the Rooks family uses a pan to collect water inside the house when it rains.
“No veteran should have to suffer from the elements because of a faulty roof,” said Lon Smith Executive Scott Hamilton in a written statement. “And now, Mr. Rooks won't have to worry about it. The roof we installed is high quality and will last for years. And we are honored to be able to do this at no charge to the Rooks family.”
John Pleger Roofing Helps Marine With New Roof
The Veterans Miracle Center of Erie, Pa. is dedicated to helping veterans in Pennsylvania with much-needed services and supplies. The nonprofit heard of a disabled marine veteran in Erie who was in dire need of a roof and reached out to the community for help.
John Pleger Roofing in Franklin, Pa. was one of the companies that responded to that call. Owner John Pleger started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to purchase the materials for the project.
“Times are tough for everyone in our nation and our communities. I need everyone to help pull together for this man,” Pleger wrote on the GoFundMe page.
The $4,000 goal was met, and John Pleger Roofing installed the roof for free.
"I'm a vet myself," Pleger told Erie News Now. "There's a big thing with vets helping vets. You just kind of pass it on; you help one another out."