$500,000 grant for veterans will go to home repairs

The Texas Veterans Commission Fund presents two checks to Meals on Wheels and More.
The Texas Veterans Commission Fund presents two checks to Meals on Wheels and More.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A $500,000 grant will help dozens of local veterans receive much-needed repairs to their houses. The Meals on Wheels and More Home Repair Program received a check from The Texas Veterans Commission Fund at a presentation Tuesday. 

“It’s an incredible honor to help these brave men and women maintain their independence and live comfortably in the place they call home,”  said Dan Pruett, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels and More. “Thanks to this very generous grant from the Texas Veterans Commission, we can do exactly that.”

Some of the repairs include roof replacement, fixing cracked foundations, plumbing and electrical work, and wheelchair ramp construction.

Raymond Limon, 65, is one Army veteran who’s receiving some of these repairs to his home.

“Without their help, it would’ve been impossible for me to get all of these repairs done,” he said. “My house needed foundation work, plumbing and electrical work. Some of my floor was gone, so it means a lot to me to get the help.”

This was not the first time the Texas Veterans Commission has helped the group out, Pruett added.

“They continue to support our efforts to keep veterans in their homes and also a grant for half a million dollars for home repair and a $100,000 to be able to provide our food services to veterans in a very special way.”

The money will pay for major repairs of up to 60 veterans’ homes.

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