Group donates new roof to South Bend veteran

A South Bend veteran was given the gift of a new roof thanks to the Owens Corning Roof Deployment program.

Anita Northern, a US Army National Guard veteran who served time in the Persian Gulf, is used to helping others, but received this help thanks to others who make it their mission to give back.

"You know when they told us we started crying," Northern said.

The group called on Habitat for Humanity and J&B West Construction to get the job done.

"They served our nation. They're our nation's heroes and not all of them are willing to go out and get resources," said Montana Knapp, the Programs Director for Habitat for Humanity.

The gift won't just benefit Northern.

"It means a lot to my family," Northern said.

When it is finished, Northern wants her fellow veterans to know it's okay to ask for help.

"There's a couple other veterans that we know of that have been going, 'We need help.' And I'm just telling people don't give up just call around and see what you need. Just ask," Northern said.

A sentiment that everyone on the construction site can get behind.

"The more channels we have for them to receive help or at least know about it. The better of they'll be and the more confident about living in the nation that they served," said Knapp.

The Owens Corning Roof Deployment project was started in 2016.

Since then more than 25 veterans across the country have received new roofs.

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