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Volunteers step up to help local veteran

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As the Fourth of July approaches, a group of volunteers in Adrian, michigan has found a great way to give back. They're working at the home of a Marine veteran and his family. The men all donated their time and the supplies were donated as well.

There's a lot to be happy about at the Toner home today. Mandy and her husband David moved to Adrian a couple years ago, "When something good happens you want everybody to know it's not all bad out there, good things really do happen. We bought the home knowing it had issues. Every time we'd fix one thing, ten more things would come up. The plumbing was horrible. You'd have to use the restroom in one place, wash your hands in another and take a shower in a third place. It got to the point where our youngest son was having to take a bath in the sink."

Thanks to a group of volunteers Mandy says  those plumbing problems have been fixed, "Without asking any questions they were here and ready to go." Terry Potts is with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 333, "We tore out all the old piping and put in all new copper piping throughout the house."

David is a Marine who served for nearly a decade. During his service, Mandy says he was in a helicopter accident as well as a hand to hand combat training accident, "My husband has a hard time accepting help from other people, he is used to being the doer himself." The volunteers have enjoyed doing something to help change lives. Brandon Snyder is also with Local 333, "It's nice to be able to give back to the veterans who have given so much to us, our freedom and our rights. It's nice to come out as a crew and help a vet who needs it." Mandy is going to work to keep the community spirit alive, "Hopefully our children will learn a lesson from this and they'll continue to help others."

A number of different contractors, suppliers and members of the Plumbers and Pipefitters union Local 333 volunteered their time on this project. The house is still in need of more repairs including dry wall and insulation.

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