DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – With Veteran’s Day around the corner, Rebuilding Together Dayton is looking to help low-income vets by pitching into some home repairs.
More than 20 volunteers put on their work gloves and sacrificed a few hours of their time for a man who sacrificed himself for our country more than 70 years ago.
William Bateman, 91, has owned his home in Dayton for 34 years. He is a World War II vet, and was stationed in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked. He also served in the Phillipines. All memories he says he wishes could be erased.
“Sometimes when I go out back chopping weeds and anything, the thoughts come back to me,” Bateman said. “But at least I don’t have to worry about a sniper.”
Bateman watched from inside the comfort of his home, with his dog, Duke, while volunteers with Rebuilding Together and Fifth Third Bank rebuilt a wheelchair ramp, removed tree limbs and iron screens on windows.
“It was quite a challenge to convince him to allow us to help him today,” said Amu Radachi, CEO, Rebuilding Together Dayton.
Workers say they were more than happy to pitch in.
“There isn’t a better segment of our population to work with than Veterans. Who have given so much,” said Mark Walton of Fifth Third Bank.
It was a day of service for a man who served.
“What these people are doing for me today, I think is a reflection of the United States attitude to help others,” said Bateman.