OKC Soldiers Fix Fellow Veteran's Home On Veterans Day

Friday, November 11th 2011, 5:11 pm
By: News 9

Jamie Oberg, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some of Oklahoma's Own are coming together to offer a helping hand. They are veterans using their time off on this Veterans Day to team up and help fix the home of an army reserve soldier in need.

Veterans stick together, an amazing example of that took place Friday in the metro where active duty Air Force soldiers, who are also veterans, helped a fellow army veteran after a contractor walked off and his family couldn't move in.

"It gives you a sense of pride knowing all these men and women will step up on their day to help someone else," said Jennifer Vasquez, the wife of the veteran in need.

When Iraq War veteran Thomas Vasquez got home from overseas, he was looking at expanding his home and family here, but a contractor started the work and then disappeared.

"Contractor never showed back up, so we're helping them remodel their family and have a house to stay in, and expand their family," Sarah McDaniel said.

The couple didn't know where to turn, but Jennifer heard about Habitat for Humanity on a Christian radio station. Now Thomas' brothers and sisters from the Air Force are reaching out on Veterans Day to help the fellow soldier in need.

"A wonderful opportunity just get dirty and use your hands, and help somebody who sacrificed on behalf of the nation who we've served with downrange," Jeff Katzman said.

As veterans, they know Vasquez would do the same.

"it's not just for me, it's not just for anybody, it's for all of us, so we're taking a day we were given to celebrate who we are to help out our family," McDaniel said.

"it's a good feeling to know the military's always there to help another comrade. I know we're not in the same branch, but we all come together and unify as one," Thomas said.

With the help Friday, the Vasquez's hope to be completely moved in and settled by Christmas.