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WWII veteran gets new roof

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It's an update to a story seen only on TV5, a local World War II vet was in desperate need of home repairs.

With little money and unable to find help, the veteran's family reached out to the TV5 Rescue Squad.

After TV5's story, two local companies quickly came forward and they are wasting no time in making good on their promise.

It's something she never expected, but Raquel Cortez said her grandfather needed a roof over his head.

Ignacio Cantu was living in deplorable conditions. For months, his family searched for help, but no luck. That is until they contacted TV5's Rescue Squad.

After TV5 put the word out the response was overwhelming. Whimsatt Materials and Hebert Roofing stepped up to do all the labor and provide the materials for free. For Cortez it's still hard to believe.

"I know these guys are busy and it really says a lot about them that they are doing this right away," Cortez said.

This is no ordinary job. While the house may look small, the repairs could be big. Judging by the number of leaks inside the home, Jason Hebert said he understands this could be more work than it looks like and he won't let up until the job is done.

"Whatever it takes. We have made the commitment and Whimsatt is on board and ready to go," Cortez said.

On Wednesday, Herbert made a surprise visit to Cantu and his family so they could pick out whichever style shingle they wanted. The biggest surprise though was when Herbert revealed how fast the roof will be repaired.

"Whimsatt said we could go and get whatever we need for the job and we plan to start and finish the job Friday," Herbert said.

One week after Cortez reached out to the Rescue Squad, her grandfather will be able to get rid of the bucket next to his chair in the living room. Cortez can finally be at ease knowing her grandfather can live safely inside his home.

"I am so happy. This could have turned into a dangerous situation if it wasn't corrected soon," she said.

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