Lake County veteran gets free roof through community project

LAKE COUNTY Fl. – Lake County Army veteran and her husband are relieved to have a new roof over their heads.

“We were just like oh my God, thank you,” Angie Batica said.

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The Batica family was chosen by the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project – a program that lends a helping hand to struggling veterans.

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“This is our way of thanking and giving back to them for all they’ve done to serve our country,” said Travis Foster. area sales manager for Owens Corning, the company that donates all materials for the new roof of the Batica. “It’s one of the most critical things for the home. So giving Angie and her family peace of mind and knowing they are safe means a lot to us.”

Owens Corning partnered with Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter and Southern Roofing and Renovations to achieve results for veterans.

“When we tore everything off, there is rot around this house. They had leaks everywhere,” said Randy Fletcher, general manager of Southern Roofing and Renovations. They are the platinum contractors for the project and are donating the workers and labor to replace the 19-year-old roof.

“It was a no-brainer and I naturally thought we were going to help them. Whatever we can do,” Fletcher said. “I was in law enforcement for 16 years, I enjoy helping my community; just to be able to do this for the Batica family it just means so much to us because they didn’t know where to go. ”

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Since the start of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project in 2016, more than 275 military personnel have received new roofs for free.

“We didn’t have the money,” Batica said. “I didn’t know these programs existed, so making it happen for us is just, I don’t know, I can’t even say how grateful we are.”

Batica is from Minnesota and served in the military from 1992 to 2000. She worked abroad as a mechanic in places like South Korea.

“I’ve chosen airplanes, repair of missiles that no longer work, which basically means working on weapon systems on helicopters,” said the 46-year-old.

Batica recalled that it was a satisfying experience, but one that came with additional challenges because of her gender.

“I wanted to be part of the guys, so they accept me. You know a lot of men out there sometimes didn’t really want women,” Batica said. “Sometimes we have hardships after service, not just during, and so it gives us hope that there are other people who care about veterans.”

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