Disabled Vietnam veteran receives new roof on 50th wedding anniversary

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WTVD) – Disabled Vietnam veteran and Hurricane Florence survivor Jimmy Kirby is grateful to have a new roof over his head. It’s been a tough couple of years dealing with leaks that caused mold to grow in his home.

“The average roof in Fayetteville is between $ 7,000 and $ 8,000. The best shock factor is when it’s done. You can actually see the result,” said Robert Holdaway, owner of PW Roofing.

PW Roofing provided the workforce, Owens Corning provided the shingles, and Habitat for Humanity made this partnership possible, which didn’t cost Kirby a dime.

The 76-year-old veteran was too shy to speak on camera but allowed ABC11 to snap a picture of him and his wife as they celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple have lived in the same house for almost 40 years.

“When I came I saw the distress on their face and how concerned they were about the rain that was coming into their home. They explained how they went through programs and no one could help them,” said Lupita Trevino of the Cumberland Disaster Restoration Coalition. “They are thrilled to know that someone cared enough to say, ‘Hey, this family really needs help.'”

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