Mr. and Mrs. Letson originally came to Still Serving Veterans to find out what, if any, VA benefits they were eligible for. After speaking with them for some time Laura, one of SSV’s Veteran Benefit Specialists recognized that they needed more than what the VA would be willing to offer them. The tornadoes of years past had taken a toll on the Madison couple’s home and on top of that, the home was no longer suitable for Mrs. Letson who was now confined to a motorized wheelchair.
The Letson’s were connected to SSV’s Community Integration Program counselors who helped the Letsons apply for a home renovation grant from Reliance Bank. Soon after, the process of renovations had begun and the couple was notified of the work planned for their home: a reconfigured bathroom that would be handicap accessible, widened door frames, new sheet rock to replaced the damaged portions, relocation of the bedroom door, and new carpeting in the bedroom. The couple was astonished at the amount of work planned for their home and anxious for the results.
While their home was undergoing renovations, SSV also connected the Letson’s with The Madison Record in which both were highlighted as “Veteran of the Week.” Mrs. Virginia Letson spoke of how she twisted her father’s arm to sign the papers so she could join the Navy. Eight months later she had risen to the rank of Seaman Apprentice. Meanwhile, Mr. Charles Letson fought in the first attacks against North Vietnam in 1964 and rose to Petty Officer Third Class during his service. Soon after, Virginia met Charles Letson through a blind date at the drive-in. “I told her I’d give her 5 minutes to decide whether she wanted to marry me ,” Mr. Letson said. “And she said yes.” After 52 years of marriage, moving from city to city, and raising three kids, the Letson’s have finally begun to slow down but continue to be active in the Veteran community, including Still Serving Veterans. “Those people are all outstanding people,” Mr. Letson said of SSV’s staff.
Two months after initiating the renovations with SSV and Reliance Bank, the work was done. The Letson’s were incredibly thankful and had fallen in love with their home all over again. See some before and after shots below. For more pictures, visit Still Serving Veteran’s Facebook Page.