Tampa group helps repair vet's roof

Posted at 6:27 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 12:31:27-04

Veteran Sam Bell has been paralyzed for more than 4 years. He spends his days now helping other veterans at the V.A. hospital in Tampa.  The Riverview resident said he enjoys giving back to his fellow vets.

"I enjoy helping patients that come back in a damaged state similar to mine trying to come through the first steps of being paralyzed," said Bell.

The latest battle he's been fighting is with his roof.  He's been dealing with a leaky roof for several weeks. Bell said it was hard to do anything about it while being in a wheelchair.

"I had to recruit friends and it was repaired to the best of their ability, but there was still problems," said Bell.

Members of the West Coast Roofers Contracting Association heard about bell's issue and they decided to do something about it. Group members spent Saturday afternoon at his home fixing his roof for free. They said it's the least they could do for veterans.

"They've done so much for us and if we can spend our time money and talent helping them on a weekend then why not do it," said Trent Cotney.

Bell said he's excited to have his home fixed and get back to the business of helping other veterans.