Vietnam veteran Jesse Herrera and his daughter never asked for a new home. They could have made do with what they had, and they would still have a smile on their face.
However, the volunteers at Operation TRIAGE wanted to do more.
So, in February, the non-partisan/non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made the decision to partner with Jon Wayne Service Company to provide the 76-year-old combat Vietnam Veteran with a mortgage-free, custom-built home.
“You know, I’m just humbled by what’s been done for me, by the things that have been said about veterans,” said Herrera about the home that now stands at the exact same spot his childhood home once stood.
Operation TRIAGE’s mission is to ‘provide emergency advocacy and financial relief, mortgage-free homes, and home remodeling/ renovations to disabled veterans, first responders, and active-duty service members with a focus to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities.’
Giving back to our veterans is the goal of countless volunteers in this country, as they understand active-duty members of the military, veterans and first responders are disproportionately affected by tragedies such as suicide.
So, if mere act of volunteering can make things a little bit easier on them both mentally and financially, why not do it? Because for Herrera and his daughter, life just got a little bit easier.