Disabled Marine combat veteran gets his roof turned into patriotic American flagThe American Flag (Bob Daugherty)
Bob Daugherty, a disabled Marine combat veteran in Paris, Illinois, had the shingles of his porch roof made to display an American flag.
Wilson Roofing and Construction put a new roof on Daugherty’s home in 2016, and one of the construction workers noticed a lot of American flags around the home. He suggested, as a joke, that Daugherty incorporate a flag into his roof somehow, according to The Prairie Press.
Last month, Daugherty put the idea into action when Kirchner Building Center at Kansas donated colored shingles to make the project possible.
Daugherty’s heels were shattered in 1993, but they broke down completely in 2014 and he is now preparing for double foot amputations, his wife, Sherry, told American Military News.
“I have given up my career outside the home to spend my life caring for Bob. I am one of the many pre-9/11 veteran caregivers not eligible for the current VA caregiver program,” Sherry said.
Despite their difficulties, they are still a patriotic family.
“Bob is a very proud positive person. We have struggled while we fought for his benefits thru the VA […] and we believe that our journey educated us and we try and help other veterans along the way,” Sherry added.
The flag on Daugherty’s roof was completed just in time for his son to return home from basic training.
All dimensions of the rooftop flag were kept to scale through the work of Wilson Roofing and Construction. The company installed the roof as a donation for a wounded veteran and as an opportunity to execute a challenging project they had never attempted.
The stars on the flag were made by a custom metal fabricator, SH Plates, in Pennsylvania, after Sherry reached out to them on Facebook and asked for their help, according to The Prairie Press.
The star pieces glow in the dark, and eventually the family wants to install a light that will shine down on the flag at night.