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Oshkosh veteran gets home renovation from helpful neighbors

Volunteers work on an Oshkosh veteran's trailer home on May 23rd, 2017. (WLUK/Alexa Santos)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Some neighbors are making a difference for a former military reservist in Oshkosh.

It's a way for a mobile home park's residents to come together... and help out.

Several hours of hard work for this group of strangers...

Edith Simpson, one of the volunteers, said, "It's back-breaking, but it's worth it"

All to help Martin Auer, who is an army and marine corps reserve veteran.

He's lived in the same trailer home for more than 30 years, and after all that time, it was a bit worse for the wear.

Auer said, "I needed a new shed, plus I needed new skirting."

He was chosen by the mobile home park company, RV Horizons, to get a big renovation.

Auer said, "I'm very appreciative, and relieved. I didn't have to try to get it done myself."

Donna Hodges, Community Manager for Lakeview Mobile Homes, said, "It's going to be really nice, and when we get it done, it should look like a really nice place."

For the volunteers working on Auer's home... they say they're thrilled to give back.

Hodges said, "Freedom is not free, and it takes a lot of sacrifice from people like Mr. Auer."

Simpson said, "I know what it's like to struggle. It's nice to be able to help somebody in the community that really needs the help."

Hammering away, and building up that new shed and trailer skirting.

The group joined forces in the name of kindness.

Auer said, "There's a lot of good people out there."

Simpson said, "We're all together, chipping in and helping, and doing what we can."

Auer says getting his treatment as a veteran hasn't always been this good.

"This is good, people's attitudes have really changed about the military," he said.

"Our vets deserve to be helped out with every little thing that they need, and this is a big thing, more people should get out there to help our vets," Simpson said.

A relief for Auer... and a feel-good moment for the volunteers.

The mobile home park company says it would like to continue doing projects like this.

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