Disabled War Veteran's Home Getting Makeover

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A disabled Army Veteran wounded in Iraq three times during his second tour of duty is being honored in a very special way.

Jeremiah Johnson's home is going through much needed renovations from top to bottom.

Johnson is 25-years-old, single and raising his 4-year-old son alone.

The V.F.W. Warriors Motorcycle Organization is one of many groups responsible for making it all happen. "You never leave a fallen comrade behind, well, that carries over into civilian life," said Scott Riebel who is the Vice President of the V.F.W. Warriors.

Riebel and dozens of other volunteers are knocking one thing off their list at a time. It's a two-week project they started a week ago. "It was a mess in here," said Riebel.

Their duties have consisted of remodeling the home's two bathrooms. "Water had infiltrated the walls," said Riebel.

They're also remodeling the kitchen, they put in a new water heater, put fresh paint on the walls, will put in new carpet, tiles and appliances. And the list doesn't stop there. "A furniture store in Denver is giving them all new furniture based on the color of the house. It's amazing," said Riebel.

Once it's all said and done, more than 1,000 hours of free labor will have been worked and roughly $15,000 in donated money will have been spent. "It always amazes me how generous the community is," said Riebel.

"Jeremiah is very pleased with everything that has happened and is very appreciative of all the volunteers," said Derek Anderson who is a V.F.W. Warriors Chaplain.

The volunteers say Jeremiah has been through a lot and is worth all the hustle and bustle.

Jeremiah was also awarded two purple hearts and turned down one out of sheer modesty, according to his fellow Veterans.

The only supplies they need now are windows, exterior paint and material for a deck.

If you'd like to help you can find out how by e-mailing Riebel at renegadecj@q.com.


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