Rebuilding Together Kern County repairs Vietnam veteran’s home


A local group put the finishing touches on a local Vietnam veteran’s home to help him during difficult financial times.

Ronald Smith’s home in Oildale had a lot of dry rot. It needed to be repaired so he could refinance to consolidate medical bills to help his son being treated for cancer.

The cost of the repairs were expected to be around $8,000, but Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office referred Smith to Rebuilding Together Kern County, who stepped in to help this month as April is National Rebuilding Month.

On Tuesday morning, workers put the final touches of paint on the home — all the repairs paid in full.

Smith is thankful for McCarthy stepping in.

“He doesn’t have to care, but he does and I appreciate that as much as anything,” he said. “I think he’s gone the first, and second, even the third mile to help people out that need it, and he’s not ignoring anybody and I’m thankful for that, I really am.”

An appraiser will return to Smith’s home and his loan is expected to be approved within about a week.

Rebuilding Together Kern County has its eye on its next project, to work on a home Saturday in  Shafter for National Rebuilding Day.

The group is headed to Shafter to help a Gold Star family whose Army Ranger son was killed clearing a suspected Taliban house in Afghanistan back in 2006.

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