KINGSLAND, Georgia – “It hasn’t been replaced since it was built, it was built in 2004,” Summerset said.
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Holly Summerset is a retired veteran who served 9 years in the Army and served in Iraq. Summerset retired for medical reasons and eventually settled back home in Kingsland, Georgia.
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She never imagined that her service in the military would lead to the present day.
“There were a few roof shingles that kept coming off,” Summerset said.
Summerset has owned this house for almost 20 years and no roof repairs have ever been made. The repair would cost her $10,000. Until Chris Canipe, president of local roofing company Model City Roofing, and others came to the rescue.
“The homeowner here, Holli, and our partners at Owens Corning and Purple Hearts Homes, we’re coming together to give her a new roof for her home and just wanted to give back everything she gave to the community,” Canipe said.
According to Canipe, Model City Roofing is providing the labor. Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit veterans organization dedicated to helping vets with housing issues, finds the vets. And the Owens Corning Roof Development Project, designed to bring networks together with military families who could benefit from free new roofs or roof installations, provided the shingles.
“Thank you, I’m forever grateful, thank you, phenomenal,” Summerset said.
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Canipe says this is the fourth house Model City Roofing has helped this year and they hope to do more. It was a personal honor for him as his father is a retired vet who served in the Army during the Cold War.