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Volunteers repair home for local WWII & D-Day veteran

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The Lookout Valley community is lending time, money and labor to a WWII veteran.

Seventy years ago, Frank Cordell was fighting on the front lines in Normandy. Now, he's watching as volunteers from around the Tennessee Valley make some much-needed repairs to his home for free.

92-year-old Frank Cordell moved into his Lookout Valley in 1972. It's needed repair for quite some time and now he's finally getting it from volunteers.

"It's kinda overwhelming. Don't know what to think about it," Cordell said.

Frank Cordell watched from his front yard as his home of 40+ years got a required makeover.

"Neighborhood services came out and told him he needed to make some repairs or they'd condemn his house," said Chip Henderson.

Councilman Chip Henderson didn't want to see a WWII vet taken from his home. When Cordell had to put his wife in a nursing home with Alzheimer's, he ran out of time and money. Upkeep of his home wasn't his first priority.  

"He helped us out serving our country and fighting for our freedom. I think we owe him a debt of gratitude," Henderson said.

Volunteers will spent Friday and Saturday working to make Cordell's home once again liveable by city standards with no charge to Cordell.

"Well, they haven't sent a bill yet," Cordell laughed.

No bill for you, Mr. Cordell. Just a sincere thank you from these volunteers.

"Thanks from the bottom of my heart. That's all I can say," Cordell said.

Work continues at the home Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Henderson asks anyone to drop by and help. There's no skill work required. The address 3445 Franklin Drive in Lookout Valley.

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