Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Young veteran helped Vietnam veteran learn exactly what he means to community

Former Marine asks for help to repair fellow veteran's dilapidated home
Victoria Ottomanelli
July 23, 2018

A former Marine asked the community of Fort Smith, Arkansas, to help out a Vietnam veteran in need of a new home.
James "Skip" Hampton has been living in his home in Fort Smith since 1962, but has no physical or financial means to fix the bathroom plagued by mold, install central air conditioning or fix any other issues that make it difficult for him to enjoy a good quality of life in his own home.

Alejandro Cardenas, a former Marine and fellow veteran, found out what Hampton was going through while he was on the job restoring houses. After seeing the state of Hampton's house, Cardenas immediately wanted to do something about it but knew he couldn't do it alone.

When he asked people to donate supplies and volunteer to help work on Hampton's house, hundreds of messages began pouring in from people inside and outside of the local community alike. The original plan was to just fix the bathroom, but with the help of everyone involved, the volunteer team decided to remodel the entire house.
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