Military Matters: A Place To Get Away
A Vietnam War veteran has donated his expansive home in Massena, for use by other veterans who need a place to get away.
The riverfront property was owned by John and Teresa Wing, who have turned it over to the charity they founded in 2005, Operation Grateful Nation.
Wing, a former pilot in the military, said that he knows veterans need a place to go to relax, to clear their minds.
His house qualifies: it has six bedrooms, a heated pool, a fully stocked kitchen and multiple flat screen tvs
The house is open to active military and retirees, though wounded veterans get first priority..
"Having come through the same system and the same hospitals and so forth without anyone on the other end to necessarily welcome us back, I have vowed to myself that we'll do everything that we can," Wing said.
One of the groups using the home is Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures.
"So this gives them (wounded veterans) a place where they can go, they can spend time with their family, they can enjoy the river, they can see how beautiful the North Country really is," said Robert Giordano, from the Wounded Warrior group.
To see some of the house, and hear more from John Wing, click on the picture to watch 7 News reporter Candace Dunkley's story.
Sunday, January 25, 2015, Watertown, NY