Friday, April 19, 2019

Free roofs for deserving active-duty military, veterans, first responders

‘Roofs 4 Heroes’ initiative launched by business leaders

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

An alliance of local business leaders is reaching out to assist
needy active-duty military members, honorably discharged veterans and civilian first responders by providing a free roof for their home.

The “Roofs 4 Heroes” initiative was launched earlier this month by Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors, in partnership with Beacon Roofing Supply, Tamko Building Products, the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and State Farm Insurance agent Mike Riordan.

“Home ownership is part of the American Dream, and that dream is made possible through the bravery of our men and women in uniform,” Randazzo said. “But that dream can turn into a nightmare for veterans and others in need, when they don’t have the security of a good roof over their heads.”

Now through May 19, nominations will be accepted for active-duty military members, veterans and first responders in need.

A blue-ribbon committee will review all nominations, and two winners will be announced on Memorial Day.

Nominations may be made online at

The person nominated must:

• Live in the greater Midway area: Garfield Ridge, Clearing, West Lawn, Scottsdale, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Bridgeview, Bedford Park, Archer Heights, Mount Greenwood or Summit.

• Be an honorably or medically discharged veteran, an active-duty military member or a first responder.

• Have ownership in a home (either on mortgage/insurance/deed.

Those making nominations must be relatives or friends of nominee and provide a copy of the nominee’s DD214, military or first responder ID.

Nominations must also include a photo of the roof in need of repair, as well as the approximate age of the roof.

Finally, nominations should include biographical information about the nominee and reasons why the nominee is a deserving hero.

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