Veterans' Home Roof Needs Repair

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For 15 years, the Payson Veterans Helping Veterans home at 212 W. Wade Lane has provided shelter, meals, clothing, counseling and much more to veterans who have fallen on hard times.

Now, the Veterans Helping Veterans home needs help. The building -- with its 15 bedrooms and six bathrooms -- needs a new roof, at an estimated cost of $10,000.

A grassroots campaign has been launched to raise the money. In Tonto Basin, at the Veterans Day parade, more than $1,700 was raised.

"I've just been going to small businesses asking for their help with this," said Vic Agness, who is working on the campaign. He has a donation jar at his business, Payson Feed, and people just drop in whatever they can.

Veterans Helping Veterans is a nonprofit organization, so all contributions to the roof campaign are tax-deductible, Agness said.

No veteran who needs help is turned away. In addition to the 15 bedrooms, the facility makes use of rollaways and sleeping bags as needed, and even sets up tents in the summer.

For more information, contact Misty Isley, founder and chief executive officer of Veterans Helping Veterans, at (928) 474-3920; fund-raising director Dave Casto, (520) 271-0925 or make donations at Payson Feed, Tonto Basin Inn and Compass Bank.

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