November '19

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112 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com F or the past decade, Kathy Markham had been living in a two-room shed with a rotting floor and roof and no indoor plumbing. She didn't have a kitchen – just a table, a microwave and a stove. She would use her water hose outside to fill up a large water bottle and use it to shower or bathe. When she wanted to take a hot shower, she'd go to her neighbor's home. The retired U.S. Air Force veteran lost her mobile home when she couldn't afford to pay the property loan on her 1-acre strip of land and her monthly mobile home payments. M a r k h a m's s i t u a t i o n c h a n g e d recently, when she became the recipient of a 38-foot 1997 Holiday Rambler that came fully furnished and included dishes, linens, and even food. Home Depot built on a deck and a ramp. Markham says she never thought it would ever be possible for her to get a new home. "When they told me they could get me a home, I was thrilled," she says. "I couldn't believe it – I still can't believe it." Markham is one of several military vet- erans who have received RVs through the San Antonio-based nonprofit Adapt A Vet, which primarily supplies RVs as a way to offer disaster relief and to fight homeless- ness among veterans and their families. Adapt A Vet Provides RVs for Veterans The Texas nonprofit charity got its start providing home modifications for disabled veterans but has since branched out to provide RVs for homeless or displaced vets. By Tamarind Phinisee PHOTOS COURTESY OF ADAPT A VET Adapt a Vet co-founders Mike and Roxann Cotugno are pictured with U.S. Air Force veteran Russell Edge (right), the recipient of an RV donated by the nonprofit. Adapt a Vet began operations in 2015 as a charity providing home renovations (primarily bathroom renovations) that make it possible for disabled vets to stay in their own homes. However, it has since grown in scope to provide RVs for vets displaced by disasters or who are homeless. B U S I N E S S

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