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U.S. Army Vet Gets Helping Hand From ND National Guard

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Today's heroes helping yesterday's heroes.  That's how some members of the North Dakota National Guard are spending their Saturday.

They're providing free critical repair services at the home of Clifford and Ardith Williams in Mandan.  Clifford is a U.S. Army Veteran.  Ardith recently suffered a stroke.  It's all part of a "Rebuilding Together" project in partnership with Sears' Heroes At Home Program.

"In addition to the current home that we're doing here through the Heroes at Home and Rebuilding Together Project, there are three other homes that are going on in the community today, as well," says Major Patrick Flanagan, North Dakota National Guard, Deputy Commander, 81st Civil Support Team.

From porch and gutter rehab, to interior bathroom and kitchen work, the repairs are substantial.  "Rebuilding Together" offers assistance to homeowners who, due to physical limitations or economic hardships, are unable to properly maintain their homes.

"They're very capable, and as you can see, they can do almost anything to help fix up a home.  So thanks to them, they're just great, great North Dakotans, great Americans," says Senator John Hoeven (R-ND).  "It's just a great day to come back, give back to those who have served our country, and just to give back to citizens in Bismarck-Mandan," says Mikey Hoeven.

Homeowner, U.S. Army Veteran Clifford Williams -- a man of few words -- had this to say about the entire matter:  "I feel pretty good about it."


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