Veteran praises Habitat for Humanity’s efforts

To the Editor:

I have been a Habitat volunteer for many years and have had a chance to work on many of the 177 homes built by Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County.

As a Vietnam veteran, the project that has given me the most personal satisfaction is the recent completion of the first home built specifically for a deserving military veteran.

To be clear, Habitat homes are not “free” to the recipients, as 500 hours of sweat equity is required of the future homeowner and the home comes with a mortgage for the total cost of the construction.

Habitat homes are more affordable as the mortgage does not have an interest component and the cost is reduced by the volunteer labor used for most of the construction.

There are many people and organizations responsible for bringing the “Habitat for Heroes” program to fruition, notably, the Habitat board and staff; the Trumbull Rotary Club, who got the fund raising underway with a substantial financial commitment; the many individuals and corporations that provided volunteer hours and financial support and especially Eileen and Frank Bakos, who, as volunteer coordinator/Habitat for Heroes program director and site construction Manager, were instrumental in getting the home completed.

During the construction, I got to know and work with the future homeowner, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is very deserving of this home. As Habitat plans to continue with the “Habitat for Heroes” program, I encourage all veterans and families of veterans to support future Veteran Build projects either with a financial contribution or swinging a hammer on the site.

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Donald F. Peterson


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