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Roseburg nonprofit helps 89-year-old Navy veteran with home repair

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Veterans have served their country and now a Roseburg non-profit is pitching in to serve veterans in need.

One veteran is getting help to repair his home., including a new roof and back porch.

Navy veteran Mervin Dage can now come home to something better, but that wasn't always the case.

"Because the roof was leaking, for one thing. And the back porch - the boards were coming loose," said Dage, who lives in Roseburg.

At almost 90-years-old, Mervin did not have the resources to fix up his home.

“I used to do it all, but that came to a halt. I can't do much anymore."

But that's when NeighborWorks Umpqua stepped in.

The local non-profit received a $30,000 grant to help at least three Roseburg veterans with critical home repairs.

"It can be really devastating to know that, hey, there are people who've worked really hard all their life, they've served this country,” said NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Nick Noyes, “but because of different various circumstances, they might not be able to keep their home up to what we would want it to be."

When Mervin found out he was going to get the help he needed: "Yeah! Ya know? Yeah, I was very happy. Very very happy. I just hope somebody else gets the same kind of a deal that we got."

NeighborWorks Umpqua says this is a great first step to help veterans in the community - making sure they have a quality house and home.

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