Each year on his birthday, this anonymous donor will give a free roof to a veteran

The city of Hampton was notified by Langley Air Force Base that an anonymous donor wanted to give a free roof to a veteran of his choosing.

Bruce Sturk, the city’s director of Federal Facilities Support, said the donor will give one roof a year on his birthday to a different veteran — it’s open to all veterans in the Hampton Roads area.

The criteria for the donation is very simple.

The veteran must submit a statement on why he or she believes that they deserve a new roof and the donor will choose which veteran to give it to.

Sturk has no idea who the donor is but believes he owns a roofing business.

Sturk, who is overseeing the statements, said there have been four statements sent in so far with what he believes to be compelling reasons.

There are no official parameters so Sturk believes that this could be any veteran in the Hampton Roads area, not confined to the city of Hampton specifically.

To be considered for this opportunity, send a statement to bsturk@hampton.gov with information about your service, current situation, how it would benefit you, contact info, service dates and character of discharge.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.