World War II veteran Pat Murphy deserves all the support America can give him. Thankfully, his community is there for the living legend.
It still amazes this Outsider every time I encounter or write about a WWII veteran that we’re lucky enough to still have a precious few among us. It’s hard to fathom the changes they’ve lived through. To survive the most horrific war in world history only to bear everything else the 20th and 21st centuries have thrown at us… It is surreal.
So when we hear of an amazing community like the members of Pennsylvania’s St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boiling Springs – it’s a story we’ve got to share.
In his Midstate community, 97-year-old WWII veteran Pat Murphy is finally getting the help he deserves. St. Johns came together Sunday to execute numerous repairs Murphy’s home needed after Ida made its way through the state, devastating multiple areas.
Local ABC 27 says the St Johns volunteers helped with improvements both indoors and out through Sunday. From yard work to helping rehang his American flag after Ida’s storms, the outlet says the veteran is truly “humbled.”
“He appreciates the work so much he is humbled but all of this because they take the time to do this and he has some things that needs done on the siding up here,” volunteer Tina Gutshall tells the station.
Tina says “some things blew off from the storm,” like Murphy’s precious American flag. It was a priority of the volunteers to get it back in flying shape for the veteran.
Veteran’s Gov. Wolf Asks President Biden to Declare Major Disaster for State after Ida Fallout
St. Johns spends as much time as they can helping veterans. Their goal is to allow those who have already spent their lives in service to their fellow man a chance to “enjoy their golden years.”
Now that’s the Outsider way.
Murphy is not alone in the damage to his home, either. The fallout of Ida has been horrific across the Eastern U.S., with floods taking dozens of lives here in Tennessee, alongside swaths of the same in New England.
As a result, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asked President Biden to declare a major disaster in the veteran’s home state due to Ida’s heavy rainfall. Severe flash flooding and tornadoes rocked the commonwealth in late August and early September.
“This storm brought historic rainfall and flooding, as well as rare tornadoes, devastating many communities,” Wolf said in his plea. “This proclamation will allow for our emergency preparedness teams to provide any support needed throughout the storm and its aftermath.”
All in all, Gov. Wolf says that his request is “another necessary step in the process to recover from the impacts of this terrible storm.”
This includes Pennsylvania veteran Pat Murphy and his community.