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Oldest living WWII vet gets free repairs for home in Austin

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 06:00:29-04

AUSTIN, TEXAS (SPECTRUM NEWS/CNN) - America's oldest living World War II veteran is getting a free home makeover.

Richard Overton, 111, enjoys spending his days smoking a cigar on his front porch. He moved to east Austin after serving in WWII and has lived at his home since 1948.

"That's what I built it for - to sit on it," he said.

Not much has changed at his home for nearly 70 years, and it is in desperate need of a makeover. That's where Meals for Wheels comes in. Despite its reputation for delivering meals to the elderly, Meals on Wheels expanded its services to include home repairs.

"We are doing some repairs to Mr. Overton's home, so he can continue to live in it independently," said Adam Hauser from Meals on Wheels Central Texas. "We want older adults to be able to age in place and live out the remainder of their lives in their own homes where they're most comfortable, but we want those to be healthy and safe environments for them and that's what our program does."

The Home Depot Foundation is funding the renovations.

Crews will install a walk-in shower and will make the bathroom more accessible. They'll also rewire the home to add central heat and air, and rip up the old carpet and replace it with new laminate floors.

"I'm glad to get it done," Overton said. "I'll be glad when they start and glad when they get through. That's two glads."

The renovations are expected to take two weeks to complete.

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