Veteran at risk of losing his home gets incredible surprise

Veteran at Risk of Losing Home Gets Incredible Surprise

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (FOX4KC) -- A community effort is helping a Vietnam-era veteran who faced losing his home because of mounting code violations.

Work is nearly complete to bring the home at 34th and the Paseo up-to-code. The yard was in horrible shape just a couple of months ago, drawing complaints from neighbors and citations from the city.

The large stately home also was in disrepair. The soffits needed to be replaced and the home needs a new roof, but the disabled veteran who has lived here for 37 years wasn't able to keep it up.

That's when the United Way joined forces with the Salvation Army to help a veteran stay in his home.

"He lives off of his pension and that's it," said Chris Stout, United Way veterans navigator. "So, It's been tough for him with his age and his disabilities to keep the house up and coming and everything going. It's just one thing after the other just trying to keep it up and the citations kept piling up."

After cleaning up the yard, Home Depot provided $2,500 in materials as a veteran's grant to replace the home's soffits. A local roofing company is donating the labor to make the home right again.

Many of the people involved in this effort are veterans themselves. And they say they couldn't just stand by and watch a man who has served his country, lose his home simply because of age and disabilities.

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