Cocoa Army veteran gets new roof after Hurricane Irma damaged his

COCOA, Fla. – It’s out with the old and in with the new in the home of U.S. Army veteran John Cowell Sr.

61-year-old Cowell said he was finally feeling good because he had multiple tarps covering his long-standing home over the past three years.

“If it rains outside … it rains the same way inside,” Cowell said.

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With the Brevard County, Owens Corning, and Collis Roofing Habitat for Humanity, Cowell was one of the many veterans chosen to receive a new roof.

He said Hurricane Irma ruined most of his roof and he tried to fix it with his brother but said it was too much for them.

“When the storm came, we found the safest place in the house and I happened to be in the hallway and then all I heard was, Boom!” he said.

Cowell has lived at home for most of his life. He saw his children and grandchildren grow up there.

He said he couldn’t be thankful enough for the community’s generosity.

“Always believe in God and he will do the rest,” said Cowell.

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