Similar to members of the U.S. armed forces serving to ensure their country is safe and secure, roofing contractors around the country ensured veterans can rest easy in their homes.
In honor of Veterans Day and beyond, roofing contractors thanked veterans for their service by installing new roofs on their homes free of charge. With both the ongoing pandemic and supply shortage making it difficult for people to take care of home improvements, these efforts were more important than ever.
Below are just a few of the roofing contractors who recently went above and beyond to help out deserving veterans.
Angelo’s Roofing Donates New Roof to Marine Veteran
Angelo’s Roofing & Construction in Erie, Pa. kicked off its Roof a Vet program this year by donating a roof to U.S. Marine Corps veteran Chris Czigler. According to Erie News Now, the new roof saved the veteran a nearly $15,000 financial burden, as he is unable to work due to undergoing various surgeries.
"Most likely, I'd be in a hole trying to get the money to financially - maybe have to put a lien on the home, such things like that," Czigler told Erie News Now. "Yes, it's a great, great help financially."
Angelo’s Roofing expects to finish the roof this week.
“No doubt COVID has wreaked havoc on all our lives, especially from our side with building materials, but we still want to show gratitude and support for veterans,” said Andy Vinca, owner of Angelo’s Roofing.
Navy Veteran Receives Free Roof from Hydro Proof Roofing
Hydro Proof Roofing in Virginia ensured a 95-year-old U.S. Navy veteran in Virginia Beach won’t have to worry about his roof after the contractor surprised him this week.
Hugh Lansden, a founding member of the UDT SEAL teams, contacted Ty Haughn of Hydro Proof Roofing to inspect his roof. The veteran put down a 50% deposit, but Haughn decided he couldn’t accept it.
“I felt like when I met him, I was talking to my grandfather. It’s an opportunity to give back to someone who’s given so much. If everyone could just do a little something in giving back and being kinder, it’s just a good thing,” Haughn told NBC-affiliated WAVY-TV.
Haughn returned to Lansden on Monday with his check and presented him $10,000 as well as a free roof, covered by Haugn’s friends and others who helped raise money to pay for the roof and personal expenses. American Warrior Initiative, a nonprofit assisting veterans, also helped make the project a possibility.
Total Pro Roofing Supports Army Vet with Free Roofs for Troops Program
Total Pro Roofing continued its Free Roofs for Troops program by giving a roof to Georgia native and veteran Ryan Watkins, Sr. on Nov. 1.
"The Total Pro team has been so easy to work with and I am thankful for the security of a new roof before a cold winter spell," said Watkins.
Established in 2016, the program provides free roof replacements by using a portion of the profits on every paid install the roofing contractor handles. The contractor aims to replace at least one roof a year through its program.
"Total Pro Roofing would also like to thank the customers, the partnership with Warrior Battalion — a nonprofit organization geared towards helping veterans — and all who have helped put Total Pro Roofing in the position to give back," the company said in a release.
Heins Contracting Donates Roof Through ‘Roofing a Vet’ Program
Michael Moreton in Deerfield, Wis. became the second recipient of Heins Contracting’s “Roofing a Vet” program in early November.
“We came up with this because we wanted to give back to the community and didn’t feel like veterans as a whole are appreciated as much as what they should be,” Bryan Heins, the co-owner of Heins Contracting, told CBS/MyNetworkTV-affiliated WISC-TV.
In addition to Heins Contracting’s contributions, Zuren Building Products and GAF also helped with the installation.
Vietnam Vet Receives Roof from Kingdom Roofing
Vietnam veteran Horras Sheffield and his wife, Willie Mae, have helped their Sarasota, Fla. community through their successful business, an after-school homework program and a charter school. When it came time for a new roof on their home, Kingdom Roofing stepped up.
The roofing contractor, along with the Denis V. Cooper Foundation, teamed up to provide the Sheffields with a new roof. The foundation was formed by local radio personality Maverick Johnson, who named it after his father, a Vietnam vet exposed to Agent Orange, according to the Herald-Tribune.
The cost of the $30,000 new roof was offset in part by ABC Supply Co. Inc. and GAF, said Sean Worthington, president of Kingdom Roofing.
“Being able to participate in a project like this is part of our culture and DNA and what we stand for,” Worthington told the Hearald-Tribune.
Drury Brothers Roofing Helps Air Force Vet with New Roof
In Peyton, Colo., a hailstorm over Memorial Day weekend ruined the roof of Air Force veteran Israel Del Toro. In late October, local businesses, including Drury Brother Roofing in Colorado, surprised the vet with a new roof free of charge.
Fox-affiliated KXRM-TV reports Del Toro served in Afghanistan and was injured by an IED, resulting in terrible injuries and being in a coma for four months. Two months later, despite doctors saying he’d never walk again and need a respirator, Del Toro was walking and breathing on his own, and re-enlisted in the Air Force in February 2010.
Inspired by his story, Drury Brothers, with the help of American Roofing Supply, provided a new roof to Del Toro.
“I remember watching him on the ESPYS and just his story was incredible. I’ve always wanted to do something like this,” Dalton Drury, project manager with Drury Brothers Roofing, told KXRM-TV. “Do what we can while the moment is here, and help out when we can.”
Vogel Construction Group Helps Wounded Warriors with New Roof
Vogel Construction Group may be new to the industry, having been established in 2020, but they're not shy about jumping in when there's a need.
According to Naples Florida Weekly, Vogel Construction Group co-owner Hannah Vogel met with Dale Mullin, president of Wounded Warriors of Collier County, who expressed he was having trouble finding a roofing contractor for his Bravo House project due to scheduling and pricing. The project helps provide residence for homeless veterans. Vogel said she toured the home and met with veterans residing there and was touched by their stories.
“Many veterans face visible and non-visible injuries that are often overlooked by civilians and health care providers,” Vogel said to Naples Florida Weekly. “The veterans at Bravo House have sacrificed so much for our country that my partner and I are honored to help put a new roof over their heads.”
Vogel Construction Group donated the labor for installing the roof while the supplies were provided by a grant through a Naples Home Depot through the Home Depot Foundation.
Owens Corning, More Core Construction Donates Roof, Flagpole to 97-Year-Old Veteran
More Core Construction in New Jersey teamed up with Owens Corning to provide both a new roof and front yard flagpole to Army veteran Arden Thorne on Veterans Day.
Thorne served his country during WWII, joining the U.S. Army in September of 1942 at the age of 18. He spent over three years with the 870th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific theater before being honorably discharged and returning to his lifelong home in Neptune.
More Core Construction, Owens Corning and Costal Habitat for Humanity joined forces for the donation. The effort is part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project, which has helped more than 300 military members with a new roof since 2016.
The flagpole was courtesy of Acme Lingo Flagpole.