Gold Star mom completes 3-year journey to repair late son’s vandalized home
FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) – Mission accomplished for a Gold Star mother, who took action after vandals damaged her late son’s home.
Becky Johnson (right) during work on the house.
“He deserved better than that,” she told 11 News reporter Katie Pelton in 2015.
During the six-year interlude between Staff Sgt. Gary Woods Jr.’s 2009 death in combat and Becky Johnson’s first time back in his home, vandals repeatedly broke in, helping themselves to kitchen appliances, spray painting the walls with graffiti and pouring paint all over the carpets.
Along with manmade destruction, animals found their way into the house and the roof became in need of repair.
Furious at the disrespect towards her son, Johnson fought to get the house under her name so that she could fix it.
“My goal is to get this house back into the shape that it was before he left when he lived here,” she said.
Fast forward to March 2018, and the Fountain home is livable once again.
Non-profit group American Warrior Initiative, along with nearly two dozen companies, jumped in to help Johnson and after a lot of hard work, is ready to be occupied. An open house was held Friday.
Watch the video above to see the before and after.