Veterans Groups Help World War II Hero Restore Home

Military Order of the Purple Heart. Source: Good News Network

When his country and community needed him most, World War II veteran Alfred Guerra answered the call to serve his country with distinction.

 After years of working with his son to repair and maintain his house, Guerra’s son passed away from cancer. It was not only a devastating personal blow but also halted work on his home.

Using social media, Guerra’s daughter Maria reached out via Facebook for help. Veterans groups from across the country responded to the call to assist Bronze Star and Purple recipient.

It wasn’t long before a variety of veterans groups began responding. First was the Military Order of the Purple Heart, followed shortly after by Broken Warriors’ Angels, a San Antonio based nonprofit that works to provide support services for veterans and their families.

Working collaboratively with the local VFW Post 76, and the city’s Department of Human Services and Department of Military Affairs, the groups began organizing the restoration.

Tony Roman of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, told KSAT-News, “As combat warriors, we leave nobody behind. And as veterans, we leave no veteran behind.”

The COVID-19 lockdown briefly put the project on hold. However, earlier this year, the hammers, saws, and nail guns, were hard again at work. Veteran volunteers from three foreign conflicts—Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam—began arriving to gut the home’s interior and prep it for interior makeover.

The SRS Raise the Roof Foundation donated a new roof and are currently helping to update the electrical and plumbing systems.

Still in need of an HVAC system. The family has created a GoFundMe page hoping to raise $5,000.

Scheduled for completion within the next 1-2 months, Guerra can’t wait to get back into his home.  Upon his return, Guerra is looking forward to tending the roses in his garden, which he named in honor of his wife, Emma. 

Watch the video of the veteran crews at work below:

Source: Good News Network