Roofing contractors are honoring veterans around the country, including the oldest female World War II veteran in the U.S., by teaming up with Owens Corning.
According to NBC/CW+-affiliated WWLP, Vista Home Improvement in Massachusetts recently provided a brand new roof to Helen Martowski, a 100-year-old who served in the Navy during World War II.
“Fought for our freedoms that we have here in the U.S. and she’s in need of a new roof, there’s no doubt about it, so we’re just giving back to somebody who gave to us,” Brian Rudd, owner of Vista Home Improvement, told WWLP.
Martowski was selected to receive the free roof through Habitat for Humanity. The Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project donated the materials and Vista Home Improvement provided the labor. Martowski’s daughter, Dorothy Musante, submitted her mother’s information in the hopes of having a more energy-efficient home for the veteran.
Started in 2016, the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project is a national project that thanks deserving veterans and their families by providing them with a new roof at no cost. By partnering with Owens Corning roofing contractors, the project has helped more than 250 military members.
Other recent Owens Corning Roof Deployment projects include:
Pressure Point Roofing Helps Oregon Veteran
Pressure Point Roofing in Medford, Ore. gave a new roof to Army veteran Bob Viale on June 3, according to Fox-affiliated KMVU, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
“We were asked if we want to be part of this with Habitat and so we came out here and met with Habitat and checked the roof out and we absolutely we want to be part of this, anything we can do to help veterans,” Brian Fisher with Pressure Point Roofing told KMVU.
Merritt Roofing Gives New Roof to S.C. Army Vet
Chris Merritt, owner of Merritt Roofing in York County, S.C., made sure that U.S. Army veteran Jerome C. Thompson wouldn’t need to pay the $7,000 to $10,000 needed to replace his rundown roof.
“There are a lot of veterans in my family, my father was a Vietnam Veteran, my great grandmother was in the Women’s Corp, several of my uncles, and both my grandfathers are veterans. So, when we found out it was going to a veteran, I said we’d be glad to help,” Merritt told CBS-affiliated WBTV.
Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of York County Ben Gair said veterans living on social security or a pension don’t always have the resources to pay for such repairs, which is where programs like the Roof Deployment Project step in.
“It’s folks that need a hand up, not a hand out as we like to say,” Gair told WBTV.
Wisconsin-based Waunakee Remodeling Thanks Army Vet
In Baraboo, Wis., Waunakee Remodeling joined forces with the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project to thank U.S. Army veteran Din Dolovos for his service. According to NBC-affiliated WMTV, the roofing contractor installed a new roof for the veteran at the beginning of June.
Navy Veteran Receives Roof from Kaiser Siding & Roofing
The Charlotte Weekly reported that Kaiser Siding & Roofing gave Navy veteran David Adams a brand new roof in May thanks to the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project and Purple Heart Homes.