Video by Allyson Morin, Article by Matt Benedetti
The temperature seemed to precipitously drop with the fading sun one late afternoon in Carver, Mass. The noticeable chill in the air was likely a harbinger of a long winter prompting Jim Delprete to zip his coat.
Mr. Delprete, the president of Beantown Home Improvement, had just finished giving an estimate on the Flaherty residence. Pots and pans positioned across the kitchen floor made it clear the roof required extensive repair and replacement.
“A few of the family’s funding requests fell through but the roof couldn’t wait, so we decided to fix it right away,” said Delprete.
What remained unclear was how Delprete would be compensated for the comprehensive project. Standard practice on each project expects payment at the beginning, middle and conclusion of the work. Regarding this current job, that policy would be challenged.
One of the homeowners was a deployed soldier and his wife had indicated that immediate payment was not possible.
Delprete weighed his options.
A staunch supporter of military members, Beantown offers a 20 discount for veterans, Delprete elected to make the necessary repairs and seek reimbursement later.
“I was happy to help and understood the situation,” Delprete said.
The pots and pans were gone from the kitchen but Rebekah Flaherty was faced with another set of problems. A deployed husband, a crying toddler and now a substantial bill that could not yet be paid.
Requests for assistance had been fruitless until she reached the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Massachusetts.
“As soon as we contacted the VFW, we got immediate help,” said Flaherty. “It was such a quick response and we can’t thank the VFW enough,” she said.
“When a loved one is deployed he or she is not in a position to address problems back home,” said Bill LeBeau, State Adjutant and Chief Operating Officer for the VFW in Massachusetts.
Funding for the roof was allocated by the VFW Unmet Needs fund and a partnership with Yuengling Beer through the Lagers for Heroes Program.
“100 percent of the donations raised go directly to support veteran’s assistance programs like this one,” said Jim Lowe, Yuengling District Manager for Massachusetts.
“We have all served overseas and understand the challenges”, said LeBeau, a Gulf War veteran. “We are here to ease the burden for the veteran and their families,” he added.
Lagers for Heroes Program is proud to work with the VFW to assist more veteran families in the future, according to Lowe.
“The VFW is an excellent organization and we are proud to partner with them in assisting veterans,” said Lowe.
LeBeau said the VFW is evolving to better support today’s veterans.
“We are active in the community and every VFW Post can provide the knowledge and resources to help,” he said. “No one does more for veterans than the VFW,” said LeBeau.
To learn more, or get involved, please visit http://www.vfwma.com.
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