100-Year-Old WWII Vet Gets Amazing Surprise In Wake Of Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of frightening natural disasters, we can only hope that folks will band together in the aftermath to help pull things back together. Unfortunately, we’ve had plenty of examples to test that theory this year, including the areas of Texas that were walloped by Hurricane Harvey. The unprecedented weather event completely devastated scores of homes and displaced a countless number of residents, but some small solace can be taken in the epic response to the tragedy.

The response - and the overwhelming desire to help - was nothing short of impressive, and that goes for both the federal and local responses. Folks worked round the clock to bring others to safety, and residents and neighbors from surrounding areas would arrive en masse to pitch in. Fast forward to today, and the rebuild efforts are in full effect.

As Fox News shares, one amazing example comes from how the community rallied around this 100-year-old WWII veteran. Lt. Bill Fly’s home was walloped by Harvey, and local residents were more than sympathetic to his plight. Former Navy SEAL and Purple Heart recipient Marcus Luttrell and his wife Melanie would take the lead and transform that sympathy into action.

The couple rallied the neighbors to fix the home, and they were even able to raise close to $90,000 to get it done.

"I'll bet you he lives 20 more years," Luttrell said.

Fly was incredibly touched by the outpouring of support that he’s received from the community, but he’s downplaying his service to our country. He was reached for some comments on Veterans Day.

"I really didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the fact that I was a veteran of World War ll. A lot of years passed and then suddenly I guess World War ll veterans got kind of scarce, and I was outliving some of them, so they paid more attention to me," he said. "I didn't think I ever wanted to be 100 years old, and now I'm kind of glad I am. I just hope in their rainy days of their lives that they're going to be as happy and content as I am ... I really, really appreciate it. Thank you so much."

While he’s right that years have passed since his service to the nation, that doesn’t mean his contributions were any less valuable. He deserves all of the thanks and praise he can handle for his service, and that extends to all other veterans as well. As for his amazing neighbors, they deserve a ton of the same as well.

One of the fascinating asides from the recent wave of natural disasters has been a reawakening of the sense that folks really can pull together to make things happen. That’s been on full display in a number of different stories in the wake of the storms, but this is one of those topics that never gets old. You can be sure there’s a whole lot more out there that have flown under the radar.

Source: FOX News Insider
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