Roofing contractors don’t need an excuse to help veterans, but there is something a little extra special about helping during a patriotic holiday.
Roofing companies across the nation went out of their way to lend a hand to military families around Independence Day, helping give them one less thing to worry about amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and other hardships.
HRH Roofing Provides Free Roof to Veteran and Cancer Survivor
HRH Roofing in North Carolina teamed up with Owens Corning’s Roof Deployment Project and Purple Heart Homes to give U.S. Air Force veteran Barbara Potter a new roof for free.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Potter told the Sun Journal. “I still can’t believe it’s happening. People give so much and help others.”
According to the Sun Journal, the Havelock, N.C. resident served in the Air Force for 20 years and has endured cancer and numerous surgeries. Ras Homes, owner of HRH Roofing, said the new roof consisted of Owens Corning 30-year shingles that were installed by hand as opposed to nail guns.
“I would like the veterans to know that I appreciate what they have done for me. That is the biggest reason we are here. We want to give back to those that gave to us. It is very important to us,” Homes told the Sun Journal.
TSV Construction and Roofing Helps Disabled U.S. Army Veteran with Roof, Home Repairs
In this story from CBS Denver, Brady Martin, owner of Colorado-based TSV Construction and Roofing, explains how a small idea turned into a major project aimed at thanking U.S. Army veteran Leon “Doc” Kouns.
“It made sense, especially with the Fourth of July, and Doc being a veteran,” Martin told CBS Denver. “We greatly appreciate our veterans and it’s a great chance to say 'thank you' to him. It’s taking responsibility when you see a need. Especially in the world we live in right now.”
Kouns served as a combat medic in the U.S. Special Forces, and has since overcome health issues over the past several years. Due to this and his limited income, the disabled veteran hasn’t been able to keep up with the repairs on his home, which needed a total roof replacement and a new paint job.
CBS Denver states Martin, who lives down the street from Kouns, coordinated efforts with GAF to provide $20,000 to help Kouns fix up his home, which included material and labor costs.
“There’s still kindness in the world, even as turbulent as it is now. You just have to be grateful and look for the good,” Kouns said to CBS Denver.
River Roofing Donates Roof to Disabled Oregon Navy Veteran
In another Owens Corning Roof Deployment project, River Roofing out of Oregon saw to it that Navy veteran Richard Tijerina received a new roof free of charge. Tijerina said he is on disability and couldn’t otherwise afford the project.
“It’s hard for me to express my gratitude, I’m very thankful,” Tijerina told CBS-affiliated KVAL. “These guys you can watch them and see they are obviously professionals.”
River Roofing Vice President John Davey told the Register-Guard his company has been providing free roofs through its own Good Neighbor Project, so this most recent project was a natural extension of that generosity.
“We have been installing roofs since 1976. This is a way for us to give back to the community and the veterans who have served our country,” Davey said.
The Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project is a nationwide effort to show gratitude to veterans for their service. The project has installed 190 new roofs for military members since 2016.