Hampton Vietnam veteran receives new roof — and no bill – Daily Press

HAMPTON — Vince McVicker was expecting a contractor to call him back with an estimate for roof repairs.

Instead, the call to the Vietnam War veteran brought news that made his wife cry: Their roof would be entirely replaced, free of charge. Crews tore off the old shingles bright and early Thursday morning.

A partnership between Habitat for Humanity, Owens Corning and Newport News-based Colony Construction made it possible. Colony Construction is providing the labor, while Owens Corning, a roofing materials company, donated the construction materials, including shingles supposed to last 50 years. Habitat for Humanity provided additional material for the project.

“Blessed” is the word McVicker used multiple times to describe how he felt about receiving a new roof for the house that he shares with his wife and two daughters. McVicker, a Hampton resident of more than 30 years, has lived in the house since 1995. According to him, the house has not had a new roof since 1953, when it was built.