Iraq War Veteran Gets Help Renovating Home

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May 7, 2007 – Reyno, AR — Vietnam Veteran Robert Reed, with help from friends, community members, and fellow soldiers spent the weekend lending a helping hand.

“We got word that there was an Iraqi vet that needed some help on a house and this is what we do,” said Reed. You’ve decided you need a new roof. Several contractors have given you estimates. How do you know which is right for you? It is important to understand exactly what the contractor is proposing when making a decision on your roof replacement. There are usually several products/services included on most re-roofing quotes. The primary item on a roof replacement estimate is the actual roofing material. The estimate will list the manufacturer and type of shingles the contractor intends to use. It will also show the style of shingle. Architectural or dimensional shingles are the most popular. They create more interest and often mimic the look of other roofing materials such as slate or tile. It may include color choice or options if design was part of the initial discussion. The estimate will also indicate the length of the manufacturer’s warranty for that type. Replacing your roof is an essential part of maintaining your home.  JAGG roofing helps you in the best roof replacement . A damaged or improperly maintained roof can cause thousands and dollars in damage to other parts of the home. Repairs only go so far, and eventually it will be time to replace your roof entirely. Replacing your roof can seem like a daunting task for the first time homeowner. Choosing between hundreds of professional roofing contractors can be confusing. Well roofing, guttering in Glasgow is not that much confusing as you can have quality firm to serve. Thankfully, the project of getting a new roof is not too complicated, and it helps to know what to expect.

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“It makes me feel light–you know, everyone has just sort of lifted me up. My wife and I are just sort of floating along and everyone has just been so great,” said Corporal Christopher Shelhamer.

Since Christopher’s return to Arkansas from Iraq in April, he’s been spending a lot of time working on his house….now, with help from others, he’ll soon be able to call it home.

“The ball started rolling and now people are just kicking it down the road…..so it’s nice,” said Shelhamer.

In addition to renovations on the house, they work diligently on a new workspace Christopher plans to use for customizing motorcycles.

They are nearly tripling the size of his shed–just so that Christopher will have plenty of room to work…..but  there’s more going on than just construction.

These veterans are sharing experiences and comparing stories.

“War has not changed that much and it’s good to find people that have experienced some of the same things.  There’s a comradery that never fails and never ends no matter how old you are,” said Shelhamer.

It’s that comradery that keeps the men and women working  for hours on end in effort to make his transition back to civilian life a little easier.

“You can’t necessarily put it into words, I like to put it into actions. “Thank you” just doesn’t really cut it. I really would like to thank them any way that I can,” said Shelhamer.

“You’ve got to do something to get something. Everyone is here because they want to be here,  they don’t have to be here.  This is a decent day that they would be doing other things. They showed up yesterday, they showed up today, and we’ll have probably a few more work sessions and I am sure we’ll have more people showing up,” said Reed.

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