Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Groups donate time and materials to repair veteran's homeSubmitted: 11/14/2013
Story By Adam Fox

Groups donate time and materials to repair veteran's home
MINOCQUA - Most Vietnam veterans didn't get a celebratory welcome home.

But a pair of Northwoods groups wanted to show veterans from wars past that they care now.

Veterans like Rich Koch remembers his first time in Vietnam.

"When you first get there you are real scared," Koch said. "You know nobody pays much attention to you because you are the new guy."

Koch felt the same way when he returned a year later from Vietnam in 1970. He flew into O'hare Airport past midnight and was picked up by his wife. He didn't get a hero's welcome.

But Koch knows first hand that people deal with veterans differently these days. Still, he was surprised when a group wanted to repair and remodel his home for free.

"I had no idea what they were going do," Koch said. "They say could we help you out and are there anything that you are planning to do."

An area Home Depot joined forces with the Wausua based Ultimate Sacrifice USA to repair and remodel Koch's home. They started work Thursday.

More than ten volunteers took down old cabinets, pulled up old carpet and removed bathroom fixtures. Home Depot's Jason Kuharske says the home need some work.

"It definitely was needed," Kuharske said. "You could probably live there, but it will be nice to know that they can come to a home instead of just a house."

Home Depot donated around $20,000 in material and labor. They replaced floors, cabinets, vanities and other items in the house.

They worked with Ultimate Sacrifice USA founder Bob Cankar. He used to run a business, but enjoys this more.

"The business can't compare to being able to help a veteran that when they went in they didn't know if they we're going to be coming back," Cankar said.

But Koch did make it back, and now he's getting help from the people he fought for. He believes this is finally his welcome home.

"It's beyond words I can't explain it to you," Koch said. "It's like a miracle."





Related Weblinks:
Ultimate Sacrifice USA

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

WOOD COUNTY - A motorcycle crash in Wood County Thursday night left the rider dead in a ditch.

About 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the Wood County Sheriff's Department got word a damaged motorcycle had been found lying on Lone Pine Road in the Town of Sigel.



+ Read More

LANGLADE COUNTY - When you go shopping for produce, you normally take a list and pull straight from the store shelf.

But at one Deerbrook farm, you buy a season's worth of vegetables without knowing what you'll get.

+ Read More

ANTIGO - A Langlade County family takes pride in the produce they grow, ship, and sell. Not only because it's fresh, but because the entire family takes a part in growing process.

Lindy Price basically grew up working inside her family's greenhouse.

"Growing up it was always really busy," said Price. "It was a lot of fun."

+ Read More

Play Video

ANTIGO - People going to the Langlade County Fair this week can expect to see hot dogs, fun houses and even horses.

One Antigo girl has made it her mission to show the world her horsemanship skills one gallop at a time.

Bailey Novy and her horse Stretch have a very unique bond.

"We decided to give him a fitting name," said Bailey.
Stretch is a very large quarter horse but that doesn't worry Bailey.

She has had some practice on being a handy horsemanship competitor.

"It's been in my family for three-generations," said Bailey.

Bailey took the reins from her mother and grandmother 7 years ago.

"Growing up around them has really led me to horsemanship," explained Bailey.

But 7 years of horsemanship hasn't always been an easy ride.

"It's a lot of commitment," said Bailey.

+ Read More

ANTIGO - Dogs, cats and sometimes a gerbil seem to be the norm for a family pet. But there's a man in Antigo that has a different kind of animal that he cares for.

His name is Jim Draeger and he loves deer.

"I had a shooting preserve at one time, but I got rid of it because I couldn't stand shooting the deer," said Draeger.

He's owned the BP gas station on Hwy 45 just north of Antigo for about 25 years. He wanted to mix his love of deer with his gas station.

"It's a great tourist attraction," said Draeger.

There are about a dozen deer in a fenced in area that is the head turner.

"I want to be sure and careful so that I don't lose my privileges and I follow the rules very carefully," said Draeger.

He's had pet deer for about 50 years and they've been at the gas station about 15 years. He knows how to keep them happy and healthy.

"[With] ground corn and some other nutrients. We have fresh water," said Draeger.

The deer are very calm. But there have been a couple times where people have tried to break in and take the deer.

"We've had that happen twice. But the deer came right back," said Draeger.

People are always visiting to see the animals. And Jim knows that point blank, they're great to watch and get to see close up.

"I don't think there's anybody that doesn't like deer. Even if they want to shoot it or whatever they want to do with them, that's their privilege, but everybody likes to see them," said Draeger.

+ Read More

WAUPACA COUNTY - Investigators believe the death of a Waupaca County boy was a tragic accident.

15 year old Jacob Peglow, of Waupaca, was shot by a 17 year old friend.

+ Read More

Play Video

ANTIGO - Forced to memorize equations, rules, and quality standards, Josh Denter could feel his head spinning a bit.

"[Memorizing] tons, tons of stuff," Denter said.

But the 41-year-old lumber quality control worker from a small community near Reedsburg embraces the mental challenge he faces in Antigo.

"It's awesome," Denter said.  "I wouldn't be here if they didn't have it."

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here