CARLSBAD, Calif. - A local group is giving a veteran a new roof and others a chance to get back to work.
Walter “Mitch” Ritter is a former US Navy Hospital Corpsman and fell on hard times after retiring from the military, causing his home to suffer.
“The whole house should have been bulldozed 30 years ago,” Ritter said. “[The house] was very dilapidated and termite ridden. You couldn’t put more shingles on it because it leaked really bad.”
Ritter's neighbor contacted the non-profit Pledge2Vets, who stepped in to give Ritter's house a new roof with the helpful hands of other veterans in need of work.
Eco-Builder's Products CEO Steve Conboy launched Pledge2Vets, which is an online hiring platform for veterans and employers to view and post job openings.
The mission is to connect veterans with good job opportunities so they don’t struggle when they leave the service. Taking care of the veterans in our community is also part of the pledge.
“As neighbors and Americans we’re rallying,” Conboy said. “[We’re] helping find them jobs and helping to meet their needs.”