Former World War II sailor gets new roof

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A man from Overland Park spent part of his life serving the county. Now step up his community to make sure he is protected.

Francis Giles, 92, served in the Navy on the USS Lexington during World War II.

Seventy years later, Giles desperately needs a new roof – a roof he says hasn’t been touched since 1985.

Dozens of people stood outside Giles’ house on Tuesday, waiting to surprise him with good news.

“I knew something was going to happen, but I wasn’t sure what,” said Giles.

Garen Armstrong, owner of Shamrock Roofing and Construction, is giving away a free roof to a veteran or first responder in need every quarter.

“He was nominated for us by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association,” said Armstrong. “It’s vets who help vets. It’s what we do.”

Armstrong could use a little help himself. In the past seven months, a battery has made his heart beat faster.

“I’m just waiting for an O-positive heart,” said Armstrong.

While waiting for the call, Armstrong plans to give back to people like Giles.

“I love to donate and have never been able to receive a donation, so donate my life and keep paying,” said Armstrong.

The roofing materials are in place and work is due to start on Wednesday. Giles said he was dying to get started.

“You will probably bring an extra hammer and I’ll help,” said Giles.

Shamrock Roofing and Construction also works with Cars 4 Heroes, a nonprofit that donates used cars to veterans in need. The organization plans to give away 35 cars by December 21st.

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