Exclusive look inside WWII veteran's free home following a fire
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 03:49:37 GMT —
As the finishing touches get underway at 704 South Vermont Avenue in Mercedes, Raul Vera knows he's one step closer to moving into his brand new home.
"I think I'm still asleep because I can't believe it," he said.
JW Turner Construction is donating the 1,000 square-foot home to the World War II veteran after he lost his home and wife in a fire.
Raul has vowed not to walk into the new property until he gets the keys; a tribute to his late wife whose rosary is buried in the foundation under the porch.
"I promise that I will go inside with her, thinking of her, my wife," Raul explained.
But Mike Moralez, general manager for JW Turner Construction of the RGV, is giving Action 4 News an exclusive first peek of Raul's near $100,000 home that won't cost him a dime.
"Everything is based on Mr. Vera's needs and making it easier for him," Mike said.
With custom cabinets, lowered light switches and smoke detectors with strobe lights, Mike says the company wants to ensure Raul won't have any trouble getting around, including in the bathroom.
"We took into account the ADA options," Mike said while pointing out the features in the room. "You have a wider door. The sink is ADA compliant so a wheelchair can fit underneath it. We're going to have grab bars and higher toilet. And also an ADA shower with wheelchair accessibility."
They're top notch features to keep Raul safe.
Although for this humble man, just having a roof over his head is enough.
"I don't care if I don't have any furniture or anything," he said. "Just give me a blanket and I'll sleep inside."
Raul believes JW Turner has been sent from heaven.
It's a place where he feels his wife will undoubtedly be watching down from when he walks into the home for the very first time.
The estimated 15-day project is ahead of schedule, according to Mike.
Raul could be ready to move in as early as Tuesday afternoon.
JW Turner Construction is getting help from a number of other companies.
They're all hoping the public can help with furniture, groceries and monetary donations.
An account has been set up at Texas National Bank under the name Raul Vera #100009885.
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