ETX veteran's home finally has running water

ETX veteran's home finally has running water

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas veteran is finally moving back into his home after volunteers in the community renovated the entire thing.

Hezekiah Braxton is a Marine veteran who had been living without running water since last year.

Thanks to ReHabitat, a program with Habitat for Humanity to help low-income seniors with emergency home repairs and modifications, Hezekiah has running water and so much more.

"The last time, it was so messed up. Every time I looked around, it looked like something was breaking, but I didn't give up on it," said Braxton.

"No matter what his house looked like, he was so proud of it. To me that's the most important thing. No matter where you live, or what you do, just be happy and content where you're at. We were just happy to give him a nice place to live and enjoy for the rest of his life," said volunteer Larry Brown.

From a new closet, to living room, kitchen and back patio Braxton says it's more than he ever envisioned.

"That is so nice, more than nice," said Braxton.

"It didn't matter how many hours we put in, just to see the look on his face and the excitement he had because he had a nice house, that's all that mattered," said Brown.

Brown and the other volunteers say it was about giving back to a veteran who served our country for eight years; a man who always put others before himself, and now others are putting Braxton before themselves.

"They say a man isn't supposed to cry, but I'm trying to hold it back," said Braxton.

Braxton is preparing to move back in on Wednesday.

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