Decades after serving in the Vietnam War, this past weekend, local veteran Mike Hall received a big thank-you; a home renovation from the nonprofit House of Heroes.
Hall enlisted in the Air Force in 1966 and served for four years, including one in Vietnam.
The 72-year-old said enlisting was one of the best decisions he ever made. He was given an assignment servicing C-123 transport aircraft while overseas.
“I saw a little bit, but I was fortunate to not be involved in any combat,” he said. “There were good times and bad times in Vietnam, enough to last a lifetime. Everyone looked out for each other, just hoping to complete our missions and return home.”
The House of Heroes’ effort at Hall’s Hardwood Road home was backed by Plainville volunteers.
The renovations, which were completed Saturday, May 11, were aimed at making Hall’s life more comfortable. The veteran was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease just a few years after being declared cancer-free.
Plainville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Commander Bob Beveridge said Hall is a hard-working member of the post.
“Mike is the kind of guy that if you need him, he’s there for you,” said Beveridge, who nominated Hall for assistance from House of Heroes. “He’s always done a lot of volunteer work for the VFW, and even though he’s more restricted now in what he can do, he still makes the effort to help, and it is very much appreciated. So, it’s time to give him a hand with the help he needs.”
Volunteers from the state chapter of House of Heroes were joined by members of the VFW, the Knights of Columbus and Plainville Rotary Club.
Hall’s bathroom was made more accessible with a walk-in shower, grab bars and a new floor.
Other work included painting the exterior of Hall’s home, replacing shingles and doing yard work.
House of Heroes provides free, one-day home renovations for veterans, largely to improve safety and accessibility.
The Connecticut chapter has completed 114 projects. This was the seventh renovation done in Plainville and the second one that the Plainville Rotary Club has thrown its support behind.
Club president Stacy Buden said Rotary members were looking forward to helping out House of Heroes once again.
“We are delighted to work with House of Heroes to assist another Plainville veteran and thank him for his service to our country,” Buden said leading up to the May 11 renovation. “House of Heroes’ mission to serve others is a terrific match with the Rotary mission, and we are looking forward to a wonderful day on Saturday giving back to someone who deserves our gratitude.”