Local and national companies join forces to give East Berlin veteran a new roof

An East Berlin veteran will soon be getting a much-needed roof replacement thanks to a local roofing store and a nationwide program that aims to give back to those who have served the country.

The veteran of the US Navy, Thomas Hertz (86), receives a new roof on Tuesday morning.

“He was just the perfect candidate,” said Andy Bealing, owner of Bealing Roofing and Exteriors Inc. in Hanover. “It’s bad. It’s leaking. He doesn’t have the money to fix it.”

Bealing estimated the upgrade would cost $ 8,000, including materials, labor, and profits, but his company and the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project have teamed up to cover the cost.

Owens Corning Foundation spokeswoman Kate Helander said Hertz was the first person in York County to participate in the nonprofit’s roof replacement project.

According to a press release, the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project, which will provide the material, has replaced more than 250 roofs for deserving veterans in the U.S. since the program began in 2016.

Bealing, who is donating the work, said about seven workers will install the new roof from about 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

This is the third year in a row that the roofing business in Hanover has organized and conducted a free roof replacement for veterans, Bealing said, and this time 25 people have applied.

“Whenever you do something like this, the response is invaluable. It’s worth every penny,” he said. “It happens every time. Every single vet we’ve done this for starts crying.”

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Hertz, selected earlier this month, was unavailable for comment.

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