An 89-year-old who served in the #KoreanWar arrived home Friday to a renovated and clean house after it had fallen into a state of disarray.
Bill Parrish, a #PurpleHeart recipient who was known to most as #Gunny, had seen his health decline over the years, and as his health declined, so did the state of his home.
Brian “Twelve” Wilburn, the Director of #Veteran Operations at the Veterans Resource and Outreach Center, learned of Parrish’s situation and managed to cobble together help from several different organizations.
Wilburn got #Lowes Home Improvement, the #CombatVeteransMotorcycleAssociation, #LifeMessage, #AmericasGuardians, #ThirdWatch, the #MarineCorpsLeague, and Eco-Safe on board with the project.
During that time, volunteers removed everything inside, cleaned it, and replaced old appliances and furniture to make Parrish’s house feel like a home.
Since Parrish’s wife died in 2015, that house is all he has to keep him company. “This is home. This is the only place I’ve got. I don’t have family. This is my home,” said Parrish.
On Friday, people from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area gathered outside Parrish’s home with flags in hand to welcome him to his renovated home. “It warms your heart when you can come together for a cause despite everybody’s different backgrounds and busy schedules and put something together that makes somebody’s life a little bit better,” said Wilburn.
Parrish is not the first veteran who has been surprised by the community to fill a need. In December, a community raised more than $4,500 to give a Marine Veteran a car, and in that same month, a small town in Idaho got together to fit a #Navy veteran with a new set of dentures. #binspirednews