Two local veterans are in the running for a brand new roof.
Murray Crouse of Milton and David Haines of Lunenburg are among the top five veterans in the Beacon Building Products of Canada Beacon of Hope contest that will reward the winner with a new roof.
Three runners-up will receive $2,500 each to help complete necessary repairs on their roofs.
The contest is hosted annually by Beacon Canada.
“We received several inspiring stories about veterans whose roofs are in dire need of repair,” Charles Michaud, Beacon Canada’s vice-president, reported in a news release.
Founded in 1928, Beacon is a Fortune 500, publicly-traded distributor of roofing materials and complementary building products in North America, which operates more than 500 branches in Canada and the U.S.
Crouse served in the military for 12 years, starting out with Black Watch where he remained until the regiment was disbanded. Following that, he served with the Royal Canadian Regiment until he left the service in 1968. He served with the reserves both in Ontario and in Nova Scotia.
He has also served in almost every office at the Royal Canadian Legion Mersey Branch No. 38, and earlier this year received the Palm Leaf Meritorious Service Medal for his volunteerism.
The 82-year-old has lived in his home since the early 1970s and said in a recent phone interview that he was able to get half of his roof done, but then “ran out of money.” Although not leaking from recent rains, he feared the older section could start leaking at any time.
Haines, who did not want to be interviewed, served his country for years, according to a write-up on the Beacon website. In 1979, he was among six Canadians to train for the assault on Monte Bianco. He has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 102 in New Germany since 1996. He now needs help to improve his living conditions.
“Too many of our nation’s veterans are facing hardships including financial issues, unemployment, health-related challenges and so many more. Beacon of Hope was created to give back to our Veterans who could use some assistance with a basic necessity: a safe place to live,” Michaud said in the release.
“We hope the public is inspired by their stories and will help us in our efforts to provide these Vets with a ‘Beacon of Hope’.”
The public can vote for the contestants until January 6 by visiting the Beacon of Hope website. Winners will be announced January 13.
Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin