November '19

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rv-pro.com November 2019 • RV PRO • 113 Adapt A Vet began providing RVs to veterans and their families after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coastline in August 2017. It was one of Markham's neighbors who told her about Adapt A Vet. So, Markham put in an application for assistance and was approved. Pr i o r t o d e l i v e r i n g t h e RV t o Markham, the nonprofit hosted a cleanup day at her property to prep it for the RV trailer. The business Bin There Dump That donated a dumpster to remove the trash and junk that had accumulated on her property over the years. It worked with Boy Scout Will Scharmen of Troop 695 (who earned his Eagle Scout merit badge with this project) in sprucing up the property, including trimming up trees and brush. Adapt a Vet husband-and-wife co- founders Michael "Mike" and Roxann Cotugno say they are impressed by Markham's positive attitude. "At lot of people would have thrown in the towel ... and say they're not going to live like that. She knows that things will get better. She just needs a hand up – not a hand out," Mike Cotugno says. In addition to Markham, Adapt a Vet has provided five permanent RV trailers to veterans and their families whose RVs were swept away by Hurricane Harvey and one temporary unit to a veteran whose home is being rebuilt. Serving Those Who Served To qualify for assistance from Adapt A Vet, the initial application by prospective recipients must be approved. They also must meet other requirements, such as: be honorably discharged or be family of a veteran, own their own home and be cur- rent on their taxes. The latter ensures that recipients are not in jeopardy of losing their homes and that donor dollars are not wasted. Recipients must pay all fees associated with storing and maintaining the RV The Cotugnos are pictured receiving a check for $85,000 from a representative of the New Day Porta Fund to purchase trailers for veterans. Adapt A Vet relies on charitable giving and partnerships with companies like Home Depot and contractors in order to help as many veterans as possible.

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