WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC)– There’s a saying in the military: No one is left behind. A group of veterans illustrated this in October when they helped one of their own repair his home in Whittier.
The home is owned by Daniel Muñoz Sr., an Air Force veteran who was disabled by injuries while on duty.
“It makes me feel good,” Muñoz said. “I’ve never had this experience before and it’s very nice.”
Muñoz bought his Fixer Upper home in 2019 with the intention of one day leaving it to his children and grandchildren. But his house requires significant repairs.
Two nonprofit organizations — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and the Military and Veterans Appreciation Trust Foundation — learned of Munoz’s situation and partnered to bring veterans together to help repair the home.
Among the many volunteers helping to repair the home are five recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for bravery. Army Command Sergeant Major Gary L. Littrell, a Medal of Honor recipient, was among the volunteers.
“We leave no one behind. Our veterans are our veterans,” Littrell said. “And it’s really good to come out and give back to our veterans. If we can do that with a brush today, we’ve helped another veteran.”
Munoz was born in East Los Angeles and was adopted into a family of seven. He served in the Air Force from 1977 to 1981, rising to the rank of sergeant. Munoz guarded nuclear weapons and other classified areas.
“I was ranked high,” said Munoz. “I loved it because the military humiliated me.”
The nonprofit organizations work in a variety of ways to help both active service members and veterans in need.
One of the Trust Foundation’s programs is the Veteran’s Home Refurbishment Project.
The next step for Munoz’s house is a brand new and much needed roof.
“These people are so loving that I’m in awe,” Munoz said.
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