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A Vietnam veteran was honored by volunteers who repaired and renovated his home


Charlie Ferrell is a disabled Vietnam War veteran. He spent 40 years in service and earned a purple heart. Now he’s living with only 10% lung function and can’t take care of his home in Charleston, West Virginia. That made his living environment unsafe.

His friends at the Charleston Police Department reached out to the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal for help.

"We were just going to patch his ceiling and stuff and keep the raccoons from coming in on him, and in the end with all the support and everything we had, we were able to give him not only a safe and sanitary structure, but it went from being a camping spot, basically to being a home.” David Parks of the the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal told WVAH.

After hundreds of hours of work by more than 40 volunteer organizations his home was transformed and made safer and accessible to his needs.

"Help your neighbor. Help anybody. If you're helping somebody else, that means something. Help somebody no matter who it is,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell spent the past 44 years after serving in the military working with 'Toys for Tots' to secure funding for children in need of medical care.

"As long as I’m living, I’m going to keep doing that. That's something I’ll never stop doing,” Ferrell said.

Sinclair Broadcast Group contributed to this report.

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