BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) — After living in his Bloomington house 26 years, Scott Browning is finally getting a new roof.
Browning, a 65-year-old U.S. Army veteran, was selected for the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.
Owens Corning provides the materials. Bloomington company RCV Roofing and Seamless Gutters provided the labor. Owner Jay Nelson is a veteran himself.
"About half of it needed to be redecked, so it was in pretty bad shape. The shingles, the granual life was not good. So it was definitely time. And roofs are not cheap. So to be able to do that for someone, it really goes a long way. We love doing the right job and sleeping good at night, if you will. But doing things like this makes that sleep even so much better," Nelson said.
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County joined the project as well.
Browning used to paint Habitat houses.
"I don't think I could express how happy I am,” said Browning. “I'm tickled to death. We're getting older and I've got a little bit of health issues, nothing bad that I can't deal with. But I couldn't have done that.”
"I'm just so happy that we're getting something like this,” said Monty Browning, Scott’s wife. “It's very, very nice. I appreciate every bit of it."
The project has put new roofs on the homes of more than 140 veterans nationwide in the last three years. The Browning home is the first in Indiana.