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Veteran who lost home in a fire surprised with new place to call home

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Posted at 11:37 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 19:49:34-05

JAY, Okla. — Teresa Birge lost her home just ten days before Christmas. She watched everything she owned in her home of 40 years burn to the ground.

"It was just like everything you ever had was gone in just a few hours,” Birge said.

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Being an Army veteran, Birge never had a time in life where she felt hopeless, until the tragedy struck.

"I was about to give up on everything, a month ago I didn't know what I was gonna [do]," she said.

Fellow veteran and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8380 member Robert Lint already had a project for homeless veterans when he heard about Birge.

"I had a gentleman who was in Bernice who had these two trailers," Lint said. "I went to look at them and thought we could put these down for vets to use at no cost."

Lint reached out to Birge and within 10 days, Birge stood inside a fully furnished two bedroom mobile home.

“It feels good, it feels like home too," Birge said.

Birge said although it will never replace what she lost, she is grateful for what she has now.

“It’s amazing and it is heartfelt and you feel it, yeah, I feel it," Birge said.


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