Alfred Guerra is 94 years old. The decorated World War II veteran, who was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for acts of bravery, never wavered when it came to doing his duty for his country. When Guerra recently found himself in times of need, his community of San Antonio reached out to fulfill their duty to him.
As his family tried to control various repair and maintenance projects for Guerra, after his son passed away, the house he shared with his late wife became uninhabitable.
Hoping to harness the power of social media, her daughter, Maria, reached out via Facebook for help. It did not took her long to arrive.
The first to answer the call was the Military Order of the Purple Heart, followed shortly after by Angels of the broken warriors San Antonio-based non-profit grassroots organization for veterans and their families, and VFW Post 76. The City of Antonio Department of Human Services and the Department of Military Affairs also got involved.
“As combat warriors, we leave no one behind. And as veterans, we leave no veterans behind, ”said Tony Roman, former commander of the Alamo Chapter 1836 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. KSAT-News.
With repairs underway, Guerra moved in with Maria until the renovations could be completed, but then the COVID-19 shutdown put the project on hold.
Fortunately, this month, hammers, saws, and nail guns were singing once again. Veterans of three foreign conflicts – Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam – worked as a team to gut the interior of the house and prepare it for the next phase of the house remodel.
Soon, a new roof was installed, donated by SRS Raise the Roof Foundation. The electrical and plumbing systems are on the way to being updated.
One thing that is missing is an HVAC system. The family hopes that another guardian angel will also pass by. Meanwhile, they have created a GoFundMe page with a modest $ 5,000 goal to help fund more much needed fixes.
It may take a month or so to complete the project, but more than anything, Guerra longs to return home. He longs to care for the roses that he named after his wife, Emma, in his garden. In fact, he is so anxious that he told his family that he would live there in a tent.
“I never give up easily. That is something I learned from my grandfather. He was a blacksmith, ”Guerra said. While he appreciates his determination, Maria isn’t letting him go anywhere just yet, but that’s okay too. “As long as I’m with my family,” added Guerra. “I’m always happy.”
(WATCH the KSAT-12 video of the veteran team working below).
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