Community Show of Support
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A community show of support for a local veteran neighbors enlisting volunteers to fix up his home. Korean War veteran Herb Wong was greeted by about a dozen people at his home on Friday afternoon. The 87 year old was surprised to find out that they'd been doing work around his house including replacing the siding and garage door, adding exterior lighting and painting. Kerry DuBois said Wong, a family friend was worried about getting new siding so DuBois reached out to a friend Todd Ripka of Westside Repair, to see how much the work would cost. Ripka went to look at materials at Home Depot, where he discovered the company was looking for a veteran to help "It's nice to see the community come together to do this. He's so deserving." Wong, a Marine scout who was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon, moved to State College in 1970 and opened the first Chinese restaurant, Suzie Wong's Egg Rolls which his family still runs. "I'm glad I was able to defend my country for people like this, It makes me very proud to be an American." DuBois said Wong went to stay with a friend for a few days while the work took place so that they could surprise him. American Legion Post 245 in State College of which Wong is a member, applied for grant funding through Home Depot's Celebration of Service project, which works to complete projects for aging combat wounded and homeless veterans. "Wong was the perfect candidate." adding that Home Depot provided $2,300 in grant funding for materials. "It's great. It's my second year in a row doing this, And I just love to help them and I love to see their faces once it's complete. It's just very fulfilling." Central PA Dock and Door donated the garage door and time to install it, and Primanti Bros. donated food for the volunteers. Several of the volunteers working on Wong's house were also veterans.