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Lansing community bands together to help out Vietnam War veteran

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Jul 22, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — Monday morning Habitat for Humanity and Palmer Construction joined forces to donate a new roof to Vietnam War veteran John Moquist.

Habitat for Humanity received a call from Moquist's daughter about fixing her fathers leaky roof because he is suffering from his second battle with cancer and he can't fix it himself.

The Lansing resident bought his home about eight years ago as a fixer-upper.

Over the years Moquist has been making improvements but his battles with cancer have slowed him down physically, but not mentally.

While most people could see darkness in cancer Moquist finds the light and said, "Nobody succeeds while finding reasons to fail."

He quoted one of his favorite poems, "I will not go gently into that kind of night."

Being able to receive this new roof meant a lot to Moquist.

Habitat for Humanity works diligently to help as many veterans they can with their Veteran Build program.

Habitat for Humanity looks at veterans or people with disabilities who are income-qualified for their services.

Whatever service Habitat for Humanity is providing the recipient will pay a fraction of the cost.

This takes the financial burden off of the homeowner who either can't afford the full price of the renovation needed or can't do the work themselves.

Habitat for Humanity works with companies like Palmer Construction who donate their time for people like Moquist.

Moquist served for four years in the Vietnam War.

He started out as a missile technician and moved to be in the electronic warfare squad.

Moquist said he is the last survivor of his group.

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