Local vet gets brand new roof

Parish Lafayette – A local business teamed up with a local non-profit to give someone in the community a brand new roof.

In South Louisiana, having a strong, up-to-date roof is vital, especially during hurricane season.

For a local vet, he blessed the country with his service and now he was blessed with a new roof.

“We are blessed with this situation, we are blessed to be able to help someone in need,” said Lafayette Roofing owner Darren Domingue.

“It’s a privilege to be able to help people and give back,” said AVA co-founder Levi Kastner.

Lafayette Roofing came together in partnership with the Acadiana Veteran Alliance to install a brand new roof for local military veteran, Murray Johnson.

“He had no idea what was coming when we came to measure his roof, he was speechless,” Domingue said.

Lafayette roofing has been giving away a free roof every year for the past decade. Darren Domingue says that when they were notified of the condition of Mr Johnson’s roof, it was not a good idea to bless him with a new roof.

“After talking to him, we knew this was a man who wanted to work hard, he didn’t want a handout,” Domingue said. “We’ve tried to tell him this is a helping hand and it’s our way of thanking you for your service and fighting for our freedoms.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson was not home and when News 15 tried to call him, he was unavailable because, like many veterans, he was working hard to provide for him and his family.

Domingue said: “It wasn’t about having him here while we’re doing this. We just had Hurricane Ida. We know we’re in the middle of storm season. We wanted to get this done before something else worse happened to him. That way when he gets home he can put his head on his pillow and have a good night’s sleep.”

The AVA is a local non-profit organization dedicated to assisting Acadiana veterans. Veteran co-founder Levi Kastner says they all want to make an impact on the lives of the men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms.

“To bring about change in those guys. A lot of those guys have mental health issues,” Kastner said. “Anything we can do to give those boys a better future for them and their families is important to us.”

With all the uncertainty of the past year and a half, Billy Sauvely junior says one thing is always certain.

“This is such an uncertain environment we’ve been in lately and economically. So the one thing we know for sure is that we can always give back,” Sauvely Jr. said.

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