Young disabled vet's family gets new home

Young disabled vet's family gets new home »Play Video

PORTLAND, Ore. - Dozens of volunteers gave a disabled veteran and his young family a fresh start with a total home remodel.

Daniel Ray suffers from PTSD, and he has injuries from two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan that leave him unable to tackle the mounting repairs their southeast Portland home desperately needed.  His wife, Deleana Ray, said "... a roadside bomb and messed his wrist up, shoulder, back, knee issues and there's PTSD.... it can cause your head to hurt, your heart to race like you're panicking, like a panic attack."

Deleana is a full-time teacher and couldn't handle the deteriorating home repairs on her own either, nor did the couple have the money to take care of everything from electrical problems, to a roof that wasn't reliable. That changed when dozens of volunteers from Rebuilding Together Portland and Pods of Portland came out to take care of everything.

Deleana Ray said, "It's life changing. It's life changing. We're overwhelmed. There's not an endless supply of money out there to do stuff like this... I don't know how you repay that."

Volunteers are repainting, rebuilding, removing overgrown brush and trees and giving the family, including 10 year old Gwendolyn, a fresh start.

"It's a lot of work being done and I'm thankful for volunteers who showed up today," Daniel Ray told KATU. "I can't come up with the words to describe how I feel right now."
 
This year over 1,700 community volunteers will be spread out across the city to repair and rehabilitate 55 rebuild projects to accommodate to low income families, veterans, the elderly and disabled.