Local and national companies join forces to give East Berlin veteran a new roof

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

An East Berlin veteran will soon have a much-needed roof replacement thanks to a local roofing business and a nationwide program aiming to give back to those who have served the country.

U.S. Navy veteran Thomas Hertz, 86, will be gifted  a new roof Tuesday morning.

"He was just the perfect candidate," said Andy Bealing, owner of Bealing Roofing and Exteriors Inc. in Hanover. "It's bad. It's leaking. He doesn't have the money to fix it." 

Bealing estimated it would cost $8,000 for the upgrade, which includes material, labor and profit, but his company and the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project have teamed up to cover the cost. 

Owens Corning Foundation spokesperson Kate Helander said Hertz is the first person in York County to participate in the nonprofit's roof replacement project.

The Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project, which will be providing the material, has replaced more than 250 roofs for deserving veterans across the United States since the program's inception in 2016, according to a news release.

A new roof is installed at the home of U.S. Navy veteran Tom Hertz in Reading Township, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The donation from the Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Project was made possible through a partnership between Owens Corning Foundation and Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. who would provide materials, and labor, respectively. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Bealing, who's donating the labor, said about seven workers will be installing the new roof from about 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

This is the third consecutive year the Hanover roofing business has organized and carried out a free roofing replacement for veterans, Bealing said, and 25 people applied this time.

"Whenever you do something like this, the reactions are priceless. It's worth every penny," he said. "It happens every time. Every single vet we've done this for, they all start crying."

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Hertz, who was selected earlier this month, was not available for comments.