After article, contractors step up to help disabled Raymond veteran with home addition
RAYMOND — Disabled Army veteran Mike Beauregard is more optimistic than ever that he’ll be able to find the right contractor to get the home addition he needs as he struggles with multiple sclerosis.
“I have a feeling it’s going to happen,” he said Wednesday as he continued to return phone calls and reply to emails about the project he’s been trying to get done for years.
The 51-year-old Beauregard has been overwhelmed by the response to a story published Jan. 5 in the New Hampshire Union Leader in which he detailed the trouble he’s had trying to hire a contractor to build a handicapped-accessible first-floor master bedroom and bathroom through a $73,768 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ specially adapted housing program.
As his condition changes, he has to spend more time in his electric wheelchair, which makes for tight squeezes in the house as currently laid out.
Beauregard was unable to find a contractor willing to commit to the project, which has to be approved by the VA, but he’s been flooded with responses since the story was published.
His voicemail filled up with about 135 messages from people trying to help. He said he’s heard from about 50 contractors, and met with two this week. He plans to meet with at least two more next week.
Three people offered to create the blueprints for the work, an electrician is willing to perform the electrical work for free, and a flooring company wants to donate flooring to help reduce the cost of the project, which Beauregard hopes he can fully fund with the VA grant.
He said he’s also heard from U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan’s office and the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“I’m very grateful. The world still has good people who are willing to help out,” Beauregard said. “People still have a lot of pride in the military and respect.”
His wife, Karen, said she’s been amazed by the outpouring of support.
“We were thinking if we got two phone calls we would be lucky. We both feel pretty good. It sounds like absolutely it’s going to work with someone,” she said.
Her husband said he’s returned about 85 percent of the calls he’s received and is working on getting in touch with the rest who have left messages.
“We definitely want to thank everybody who has called and responded,” he said.
Anyone with questions about the project can contact Beauregard at email@example.com.