Hampton veteran gets new roof donated

Workers toiled away in the blazing heat, but it was no match for the burning desire to do good for a person in need.

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- Not even the hottest day of the year is enough to stop some good Samaritans from helping a person in need.

An Army veteran in Hampton got a new roof Thursday as part of a nationwide project to give back to those who have given us so much.

Workers toiled away in the blazing heat, but it was no match for the burning desire to do good for a person in need.

"I wish they could have put it off for their sake, because I know what it's like to work in heat," said Vincent McVicker. He's Vietnam and Korean War vet, and on Thursday he's the recipient of the roof deployment project.

"I came out and looked at the house, and it was in dire need of a roof. It was very bad," recalled Herb Paynter, the owner of Colony Construction.

McVicker wasn't expecting anything for free.

"I actually called him out here to get an estimate on the roof, to see if i could come up with enough money to fix it," McVicker explained. "He said, 'I'll let you know, and get back with you on a price for it.'"

But Colony Construction thought McVicker would be perfect for its program: this is the second year in a row they are helping a vet, thanking him for his service.

"He has the PTSD and some of the struggles he was facing," said Paynter. "He told me about the Vietnam War, the Korean War."

But as McVicker watches the work, it's not himself he's thinking about. Through much of his conversation with us, he speaks of other veterans he knows are in need of help and the nation's attention.

"This country needs to step up to its vets, politically, financially," McVicker said. "Not so much for me... I'm managing, and having a blessed life."

Still, he is grateful.

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