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National program helps local vet get a new roof

Posted: 4:51 PM, Oct 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-29 18:03:43-04
Roof for vets

Kim Pettit’s roof was in bad shape after a tree limb fell on her Tampa home.

“I ended up having problems with it leaking into my kitchen,” she said.

This disabled Air Force vet didn’t have anything close to the money it would take to pay for a roof replacement. But she found out about programs that would help.

That’s where Done Rite Roofing came in.

“It’s a big deal. It’s very costly. I don’t think people anticipate the cost of an entire roof," said Done RIte Roofing's Colleen Cotromano.

Done Rite picked Kim’s house as part of the Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Project.

Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County helps make the connection.

“I was just…I don’t know how to explain it how much it meant that somebody was going to come in give me a new roof," said Pettit.

The workers were on the roof Tuesday ripping off the old one and installing a new one.

Kim thinks it would have cost her $25,000 that she didn’t have.

“I couldn’t even afford $2,000 right away. And for somebody to do something like this for me is just beyond me,” she said.

“This is very important to the veterans in my community to be able to give back with such a big project. It was really important and we are really excited to be here," said Cotromano.

This program started nationally three years ago and Owens Corning has helped give out 140 new roofs to military members.

For more information on the Roof Deployment Project, or to learn more about how you can get involved, click here.