By Kole Moxley.
George Anderson served the U.S. Navy for eight years and served in the Vietnam War. He has lived in his Scarborough, Maine home for 53 years. Over that time, He has taken care of any maintenance his long-time home needed. But at the age of 77, his body has begun to wear, and he is currently unable to walk without assistance, and he relies on his social security to support himself financially.
Due to these constraints, a friend of Anderson’s from the Vet to Vet Maine Program applied for Anderson to the Beacon of Hope program, run by Beacon Building Products. The program has been awarding six deserving veteran homeowners in the United States with a new roof in order to give back and support military veterans who received an honorable or general discharge within our communities. They also awarded six semi-finalists $2,500 in order to support their roof repairs.
For the project to fully get underway, Beacon partnered with the Maine-based roofing company, Horch Roofing, who volunteered their time and labor to the project, while Beacon provided all the materials. All these costs would have ended up being within the $8,000 to $12,000 range for George.
"Once I heard his story, and once I got a call from Beacon, it was a done deal," Horch Roofing owner Peter Horch told News Center Maine. "It's a real privilege to be able to help people out who are in need. And so, when we had this opportunity, it was a no-brainer for me and my team to decide that it was a great privilege to give George a new roof at no cost."
"Veterans have given so much to all of us and what we have, and this is an opportunity to give back, and I'm proud to be representing Beacon and giving back to George," Beacon's Portland Branch Manager Tony Eldridge told News Center Maine.
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Kole works as an intern for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop, and AskARoofer. He currently attends Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he studies graphic design and plays football.
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