St. Johns County community thanks 90-year-old Army veteran for his service with new roof – Action News Jax

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A local 90-year Army veteran receives a big surprise – a brand new roof for his home in Hastings.

Paul Bass bought the house with his wife over about 30 years ago.

“We worked on the side for the first two years,” said Bass.

His house has seen grandchildren and even great-grandchildren over the years and as the house gets older it needs more work and a new roof.

The shingles are over 15 years old and the wood is rotting.

“It will be around $ 13,500. The price has gone up because of COVID. Everything has gone up. But it doesn’t stop us, ”Matthew Reiter, owner of Reiter roofing, said.

It’s costs Bass just can’t afford.

So Reiter Roofing was recently contacted by the St. Johns County Veterans Council, a local nonprofit, to help repair his roof at no cost.

The roof must be completely replaced to prevent further damage or leaks.

“The more we’ve dug in here, there’s a lot of rotten wood when we looked, so now we’re doing a tearing off, so it’s going to continue until next week,” said Reiter.

First Coast Metal Roofing Supply will donate all the material for the job and Reiter and his team will do all the work.

“It’s the kind of thing that really makes Bass feel moved by the generosity of his community.

“I’ve watched all these things that have been done for other people in the papers and on TV and I like them doing that. How nice and goddamn it, if it happens to me, it’s more than fun. It’s great, ”said Bass.

Reiter roofing tells Action News Jax that they will likely start rooftop next Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the weather.

The company is always looking for donations so they can repair more roofs for free.

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