Veterans Home Project Comes to Temporary Halt

GROESBECK, Texas - Local veterans are making huge efforts to help a Marine's widow get her dream home. They have inspected the house and found a couple of issues.

"She's going to need a lot of assistance," says Bellmead Home Depot Store Manager Shelley Klein. "There is plumbing work that needs to be done. Electrical work that needs to be done."

Edna Faye Harris's husband was building her a dream home until he passed away last July.

"Basically, we are running into an issue with production for the project," says Veterans of Foreign Wars national-aide-de-camp Boris Morring. "For the need of plumbing, and an electrician. It's been an issue to try to get someone to come in and help with that."

Morring says there is not enough certified plumbers to do the paid work as it is in Central Texas. Trying to find someone who will volunteer their time for this project is hard. 

"It's an irritating thing, because you really want to get Mrs. Edna into her home," Morring says. "She's been waiting for a long time. But we know God will make a way for us to get the project done."

If they can't find someone to help them, they can't move on with the project. 

"We can't. We can't because it's an issue when you're trying to put in electricity and water at the same time. You can't finish the electricity until the water is done, because you could have leakage issues," Morring said.

The plumber just needs to fix a couple of things around the house. 

"A lot of the fixtures - the tubs, the toilets, things like that - those things need to be installed," Morring says. "Also, the outside water, connect the property to the inside. So re-having that done, even if the plumber can teach us how to do those things, it would be better than nothing." 

The electrician will be needed for some projects around the house, as well.

"A lot of the electricity lines are already in the home, but it's just certain fixtures or certain things that need to be hooked in. Or if something is done properly out of cold, we just need an electrician to be there that is certified. That can help us correct it," Morring continues. 

If you would like to get involved with this project, feel free to email me at mtrotter@kwkt.com. Also any donations will help with getting equipment and tools to help build Edna's dream home. 

"They made a lot of progress. But you know, it's hard to see someone not have their dreams fulfilled," says Waco Home Depot Store Manager Jeremy Klein.

Stay tuned next week to see what happens now that the project is at a halt until further notice.


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