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Claremore man building shelters for homeless veterans

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 21:51:06-05

CLAREMORE, Okla. -- Nearly two weeks ago, a veteran froze to death near a hotel in downtown Tulsa. While the community came together to mourn the loss at a public service, the tragedy sparked a Claremore business owner to take matters in his own hands to help veterans in need.

"I was heartbroken honestly, it’s just a terrible thing for someone to have to go through, not only a person, but a veteran someone who served this country," said Joshua Burger, Owner of Burger Brothers Construction.

The thought of a veteran living on the street is too much for Claremore resident, Joshua Burger, especially coming from a military family.

"My Grandpa when he came back from Vietnam they had a really tough time adjusting back to the normal world," said Burger.

Burger wants to paint a different picture for military veterans and make sure they have somewhere warm to sleep at night and call home.

"It wouldn’t cost much to build them and we can do quite a few of them in just a month and we can get these veterans into homes," said Burger.

Burger plans to collect donations, gather volunteers from his company, and build tiny homes for veterans.

"We need to check their IDs and make sure they have a military background and they’re not just lying about it," said Burger.

The respect Burger has for veterans is too much to measure, and he says they deserve the same treatment from everyone.

"Really it means the world to me, and it should mean the world to everybody else, too, because they go out and make the ultimate sacrifice," said Burger.

You can donate to his project on the Go Fund Me page.

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