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Airmen restore vets' home

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing that have volunteered their time and skills to make emergency critical repairs to a Vietnam Veteran's home. The Airmen teamed up with Rebuild Together Houston to make the repairs. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing that have volunteered their time and skills to make emergency critical repairs to a Vietnam Veteran's home. The Airmen teamed up with Rebuild Together Houston to make the repairs. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing remove dry-rotted wood from a Vietnam veteran's home during a Rebuilding Together Houston project. Rebuilding Houston Together is a non-profit charity that helps low income disabled elderly people get emergency critical repairs done to their homes. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher

Members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing remove dry-rotted wood from a Vietnam veteran's home during a Rebuilding Together Houston project. Rebuilding Houston Together is a non-profit charity that helps low income disabled elderly people get emergency critical repairs done to their homes. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher

Staff Sgt. Rachel Carlton, 147th Reconnaissance Wing Headquarters Staff, installs a storm door on a Vietnam vet's home while helping perform repairs for Rebuild Houston Together, a non-profit charity that performs emergency critical repairs on low-income disabled elderly people's homes. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher

Staff Sgt. Rachel Carlton, 147th Reconnaissance Wing Headquarters Staff, installs a storm door on a Vietnam vet's home while helping perform repairs for Rebuild Houston Together, a non-profit charity that performs emergency critical repairs on low-income disabled elderly people's homes. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher

Tech. Sgt. Courtney Bosch,147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group, paints primer on a Vietnam veteran's home during a Rebuilding Together Houston project. Rebuilding Houston Together is a non-profit charity that helps low income disabled elderly people get emergency critical repairs done to their homes. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher

Tech. Sgt. Courtney Bosch,147th Reconnaissance Wing Medical Group, paints primer on a Vietnam veteran's home during a Rebuilding Together Houston project. Rebuilding Houston Together is a non-profit charity that helps low income disabled elderly people get emergency critical repairs done to their homes. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher

HOUSTON, TX -- An Airman with the 147th Reconnaissance Wing needed help with critical repairs to a Vietnam veteran's home, so he turned to his wingmen and they answered, volunteering time and skills to the project. Tech. Sgt. Klaus Riel, a 147th Vehicle Maintenance technician with the wing, works with Rebuilding Together Houston, a non-profit charity that helps low-income disabled elderly people get emergency critical repairs to their homes. Riel and a team of Airmen from the wing replaced dry-rotted wood and siding, installed a new storm door, cut back overgrown bushes and trees and painted the exterior of the house.
"What [the Airmen] are doing out here today, it's a critical part of us being able to help homeowners", said Tim Rogers, Director of Construction for Rebuilding Together Houston. Rogers also said they have several hundred homes that are in need of repair. While they get materials and money donated, what we're lacking are skilled volunteers that are able to perform the repairs. This is the third house the Sgt. Riel has worked on.
"It's not about me it's for the vets; I enjoy doing it and I enjoy giving," Riel said about being a part of the restoration project.