Byron community gives back to local Vietnam War Veteran

Created: October 09, 2020 06:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The world can seem uncertain right now, but one thing is certain, communities continue to come together to support one another.  

That happened Friday afternoon in Byron, people gathered to support a Vietnam War Veteran by building him a brand new deck and for them, this was special.

Bob McReynolds is a 67-year-old navy veteran who has been struggling for the past three months.

His mobility isn't what it used to be and it started to become a problem when he couldn't get to his doctor's appointments. 

That's when the conversation started between Family Service Rochester and Habitat for Humanity to make a deck for Bob. 

"He served the country, he put a lot of work into it, we don't want him to be struggling the rest of his life with him just going in and out of his house. So we wanted to relieve some of that pain,” Alfonso Burton, construction manager for Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity said. 

For Bob's wife, Janice, she appreciates the gift not only for her husband, but for their family.

"It's a relief off my shoulders. You know, not worrying about him falling down because he couldn’t navigate the stairs at all. I am so appreciative for all the work that everyone’s done,” Janice McReynolds said. 

The giving didn't stop there.  Bob also had a flag pole at his home, which had been vandalized, and Two Rivers Habitat decided to add a new flagpole Friday morning as another way of thanking Bob for his service.
This flagpole may have come as a surprise for Bob and his wife Janice, but seeing it fly high now more than ever, means the world to them and the Byron community. 
The project is in thanks to a grant from Meals on Wheels of America and funded through the Home Depot Foundation. 

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