Mission Overview & Strategy
Dave C. is a retired Staff Sergeant who resides in the Ft. Hood/Killeen area of Texas with his faithful companion Otto, an eight year old black lab rescue. He served from 1983-1993 as a 19K Tanker in the Armor branch of the Army. He took a brief break in service to complete his bachelor's degree. He then re-enlisted and served out the remainder of his career until his retirement in 2011.
As many veterans do, Dave deals with service connected disabilities and has been working with the VA to get the care he needs and deserves. Earlier this year while attempting to repair his home, Dave fell and severely injured his hip. Because of this injury, Dave was forced to spend over a month in recovery and unable to return home. During his absence, his home flooded due to a plumbing leak and roof damage; thus becoming infested with rodents, insects, and mold.
The family reached out to Surplus Americans to ask for support for a fellow veteran and we answered the Call!
The project is divided into three phases of operation:
Phase 1: (Photo Gallery)
Phase one consisted of the removal of all furniture, flooring, appliances, linens, and many of his personal affects, followed by a thorough cleaning of the entire property. Three roll-off dumpsters were filled to the brim with the help of family, friends, and volunteers from the community. At this point, Dave himself was forced to move into the garage where he currently remains until his home can be fully repaired.
Phase 2: (Photo Gallery)
Phase two is underway with all major repairs to the home to include roofing, AC/Heat repair, flooring, tree trimming and removal, and interior carpentry. Due to the rodent infestation, duct work and attic insulation must also be replaced. As apparent from the photos, the roof is in disrepair and while it has been patched by a Surplus Americans (SA) crew, the entire roof will need to be replaced. SA is working with local contractors and other partnering non-profits to have this work professionally completed and ensure the house is livable.
Phase three is the final push to complete all of the cosmetic alterations to the house and property with the goal of making it feel like a home again. These repairs include handicap railing installation, interior/exterior repainting, trim and fixtures, furniture, appliances, blinds, kitchen equipment, linens, and home decor. This phase is scheduled for the first week of February with our big volunteer weekend on the fifth through the seventh. Your personal support of time, labor, donations, and gifts are crucial in making this life-changing mission a complete success!
In order to complete the essential requirements for this mission, SA will need to raise $32,000. We have currently met almost half of the needed budget through grants, family members, and community support. Now we're looking to you to get involved, share his story, and send him home where he belongs!