Organizations team up to give veteran new roof

(Source: WNEM)

A man who protected our freedoms was imprisoned by his leaky roof and the giant cost to repair it.

U.S. Army Veteran Jason Hanson reached out hoping someone could help.

Habitat for Humanity, C&L Ward and Owens Corning teamed up to put a new roof over that veteran’s head and do a few other needed repairs to his home.

“This is a great example of how we like to work,” said Thomas Hutchison, with Habitat for Humanity.

Hutchison said they discovered Hanson after he applied to their veterans’ program.

They responded by not only giving him a new roof, but also bringing his house up to code with help from the state.

“They did all of the lead work on the house. Now Owens Corning is here putting on the roof and then after that one of our contractors will come in and bring the rest of the house up to code,” Hutchison said.

The project, which may take about two days to complete, starts off with taking off the shingles. Most of them are old and already falling apart.

“It’s already got two layers of material on there now and over the course of time you know, living in Michigan where we have pretty rough seasons in general, roofs break down,” said Jer Walker, sales manager for Owens Corning.

Walker said this is a passion project for the company, giving back to home-owning veterans who can’t afford to do it themselves.

“To be able to help Jason without him having to stress the new cost of a roof. Because you know, new roofs today, especially on a project of this caliber are not inexpensive,” Walker said.

Those handling the installation, like veteran and C&L Ward Vice President Jeff Calvin, said this type of work can mean all the difference.

“In the time that I served, a lot more people are starting to realize the contributions and the hardships. And you know, this guy served and it’s time for us to serve him back,” Calvin said.

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