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Rochester Area Builders reach out to help WWII veteran

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester Area Builders is coming to the aid of a local WWII veteran by helping to demolish his home.

This is a story that goes back to September, when the Rochester City Council told Jerold Young he had 45 days to tear down his house.

After a couple of months in planning, Rochester Area Builders began the clean up of Young's home Monday afternoon, which the group hopes will be ready for demolition by next month.

The battered house was once a charming home. Young built much of the residence with his own two hands after buying the property back in the early 1950s.

91-year-old Young has not lived in the house for nearly 20 years. After decades of battling a slew of medical problems and illnesses, dating back to his time in service as a marine, he can no longer care for his now decrepit home.

The residence has been claimed by asbestos, rotting floors, and other problems.

This now public hazard led Rochester City Council to order the house's demolition back in September. The problem, however, is that Young doesn't have the money.

That's when Rochester Area Builders stepped in to pull Young out of the mess.

John Eischen, executive director of Rochester Area Builders says this is the least its team could do to help repay someone who could have paid the ultimate price for our country.

Young hopes that Habitat for Humanity will take the property in order to build a home for a fellow veteran. If you would like to contribute to this helpful project, Rochester Area Builders has a donation fund at Home Federal Bank under Jerold Young's name.

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