Volunteers help local veteran repair his home

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A local non-profit is helping a Vietnam veteran repair his home.

Darryl Gozden has lived on Eggert Road on the Cheektowaga-Buffalo line since 1958.

The home is filled with treasured memories, but the outside needs some tender care.

On Tuesday crews arrived at 9a.m. to start doing repairs.

Gozden was cited by the Town of Cheektowaga. He was told the home needed to be fixed or he’d face a fine.

The Vietnam veteran fell on tough times and couldn’t afford to spend thousands on repairs.

However, thanks to a local non-profit, Vets H.E.R.D., and volunteers, the labor and supplies were free.

First crews scraped and primed the house last month.

On Tuesday, they painted the exterior of the home.

“We have two stores from Team Depot. We have volunteers from the Walden Avenue Home Depot and we have volunteers from the West Seneca Home Depot,” Jack Michel, the vice president of Vets H.E.R.D. said.

Next, members of the non-profit will help Gozden complete phase three. They’re going to repair his porch in two weeks.

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