Hillsborough Veteran Receives New Roof Through Special Project

A veteran living in Orange County recently received a special gift through a nationwide project.

US Army veteran Hillsborough resident William Torain got a new roof on his house last week. The effort was coordinated by HRH Roofing as part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

Torain is a lifelong citizen of Orange County. He is an Army veteran who served as a parachutist from 1958 to 1962. Torain has lived in his home in rural Hillsborough since 1973.

He received a roof through the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project – a nationwide effort to show gratitude and honor to the veterans who have served the country and their families. Torain is one of more than 225 military personnel who have received new roofs since the program began in 2016.

Many thanks to HRH Roofing and @OwensCorning for donating materials and manpower to give veteran Mr. Torain a new roof on his home today!

Mr. Torain grew up in Hillsborough and served as a parachutist in the Army from 1958 to 1962. Thank you for your service in our district! pic.twitter.com/c2K55cm5zM

– Orange County, NC Habitat for Mankind (@orangehabitat) January 27, 2021

Kaitlyn Kopala is a member of the group that worked on Torain’s house.

“He applied for our program through his daughter and we saw it as a good opportunity because he is a veteran. In 2019 we started to focus more on veteran-specific projects and ensure that we serve this population in our community, ”said Kopala.

Because of the pandemic, they couldn’t enter the houses, so they focused on exterior renovations such as new roofs.

Ed Kuczynski is another person who worked on Torain’s house and explained the process.

“We’re replacing the entire roof, he has several leaks in the house. So they’ll strip off any existing shingles from the roof to the plywood on the roof, ”said Kucynski.

HRH Roofing is an Owens Corning Platinum Roofing Contractor organizing the Roof Deployment project.

Main photo via Habitat for Humanity Orange County

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