Retired U.S. Navy veteran Willie Brown would often spend his nights unable to sleep worrying about if the roof of his Gallatin home would collapse on him.

For the last several years, the 71-year-old has been trying to fix the leaky roof of his Iris Drive residence. But the problem persisted no matter who he hired.

“It seemed like they were chasing it like a ghost,” Brown told the Gallatin News. “Every time it rained, I worried because it would leak somewhere else. We had to even get plastic bags just to cover up things. I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

That all changed last week.

Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County, Brown was recently selected and approved to receive a new roof from My Roofing Crew, an Owens Corning Platinum roofing contractor, as part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.

The materials for the roof, which was installed on April 21, were donated by the Owens Corning Foundation while the labor was donated by My Roofing Crew.

“It means so much to us to be able to give back to Mr. Brown as a veteran and to honor him and let him know that his service is recognized by us,” My Roofing Crew Director of Business Development Jennifer Jernigan said.

Brown, who worked as a welder during the Vietnam War from 1968 until December of 1971, said that without the donation he would have likely had to borrow money from someone or take out a second mortgage to be able to pay for a new roof himself.

“This is a godsend,” he said while watching crews install the new roof on his home. “I know I couldn’t have done this on my own.

“Now, I don’t have to worry about my roof falling in on me.”

For more information about the Roof Deployment Project, or to learn about how to become involved, email

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