There are many times when veterans look out after their own, and it seems as if that has been the case for many years. It was recently seen when a World War II veteran was unable to do the necessary repairs on his house, so it eventually fell into disrepair and became uninhabitable.
At that point, other veterans stepped in with a community effort to help. They call the effort “leave no veteran behind.”
This amazing story took place in San Antonio, TX, and involved a World War II veteran by the name of Albert Guerra. During the time that Albert was in the military, he earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is now 95, and his small home fell into disrepair after his son passed away last summer.
Marina, his daughter, spoke about her father and said that his wife had already died of cancer, according to Tanks Good News. She had convinced her father to move in with her because she felt that his home was no longer safe. Some of the issues included leaks in the roof and a leak that was not detected, resulting in a rotted kitchen floor and dangerous living conditions.
According to the outlet, his daughter said: “I was very grateful that he did not go through the floor because I went through the floor.” She was concerned about the possibility of injury so she went on Facebook and asked for assistance. That is when other veterans stepped up to the plate to help.
A former commander of Alamo Chapter 1836 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Tony Roman said in an interview with KSAT 12, “As combat warriors, we leave nobody behind. And as veterans, we leave no veteran behind.”
Some of the first to step up and help were others who received the Purple Heart but the entire community has stepped in to assist. This includes help from the nonprofit organization for veterans and their families, Broken Warriors’ Angels.
The VFW Post 76 and the city’s Department of Human Services and Department of Military Affairs were some of the other organizations from the community that assisted.
After the veterans got started, the interior of the home was prepared for new plumbing and electricity. SRS Raise the Roof Foundation is a nonprofit that helped replace the roof.
The community is still asking for others to join in the effort through donating with a GoFundMe page. His daughter said: “With all the help that these people are giving, the organizations that are willing to help, I’m amazed and I’m grateful for all of it.”