A disabled Navy veteran’s roof was crumbling — then a Mesquite company with a heart for service stepped in

At the first sight of rain clouds, Kay Ward hobbled through her house collecting buckets and kitchen pots and pans.

The roof of her Mesquite house crumbled, causing her ceiling to sag and buckle. She stretched plastic over the gaps in the ceiling to keep herself warm, but the leaks kept increasing.

“If it rained outside, it rained inside,” said Ward. “I had more pots and pans to catch water than in my kitchen.”

Ward, who lost her home insurance a few years ago, couldn’t qualify for a new policy with her roof in its current condition. And with estimates of $ 7,500 to $ 12,000 to repair her roof, she felt hopeless.

Then Ward, a disabled US Navy veteran, learned about Texas Vets Roofing, a Mesquite-based company that gives free roofs to veterans. Ward didn’t believe it at first.

“A free roof?” She said. “It sounded like science fiction or something.”

Texas Vets Roofing has been giving away free roofs to veterans since its inception in 2012. But this year the company decided to formalize the giveaways, with part of its profits going towards its initiative called Roofs 4 Vets. It works with ABC Supply, which donates the materials.

Together, the companies plan to give away 12 rooftops this year to veterans in need like Ward, who suffers from debilitating migraines and nerve damage in her leg that causes her to fall frequently.

“We are committed to giving back to veterans,” said Naomi Sawyer, one of the company’s team members. “We want to help these people who have given so much.”

In February, Ward received the company’s first vacant roof of the year, and her son repaired the sunken ceiling.

Just a few weeks later, a winter storm dropped several inches of snow over northern Texas and temperatures plummeted.

“I can’t imagine what would have happened to me,” she said. “Saying thank you is not enough. These people are angels. You are a godsend. “

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