Getting help for a West Michigan veteran

Updated: Saturday, June 21 2014, 10:12 AM EDT
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BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – On Wednesday Newschannel 3 introduced you to a military veteran in Middleville who was in desperate need of home renovations.

Now, as a result of our story, a local company is coming to his aid.

Thomas Stockwell was injured on a deployment in German in the 1960s, and decades later has become disabled as a result.

Stockwell now uses an electric wheelchair and requires renovations to his home. He told us that the VA was supposed to have handled a number of those alterations, but it’s been three years and nothing has been done.

Now, after our story aired, a local company, Pennings Accessible Living, is coming to his rescue.

David Lee of Pennings Accessible Living tells Newschannel 3 that his phone has been ringing off the hook with people telling him he can help Stockwell.

Lee says that his company does the sort of work that Stockwell needs with the VA often and that he knew how to get the ball rolling.

“He’s been dealing with this, nervous about this and praying about this,” said Lee, “and the fact that channel 3 came in and did this for him, I think it’s an answer to prayer because now these dots have been connected and now I think we can make something happen.”

“David knows all the steps I have been jumping through,” said Stockwell, “and he says he can help me, and I believe him.”

Lee was at Stockwell’s home on Friday helping him start the paperwork. He will be widening the doors so Stockwell has easier accessibility with his wheelchair. He will also be closing in his porch and possibly moving his laundry room.
Getting help for a West Michigan veteran
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