AUSTIN (KXAN) - The oldest World War II veteran in Austin had some extra hands helping him makeover his eastside home on Thursday.
Volunteers from Austin Community College, UT ROTC, Home Depot and the City of Austin's Veterans Services Office flooded Richard Overton's home to paint, replace broken windows, replace the fence and many other upgrades.
While the volunteers helped with some landscaping, Overton, who is a sprightly 107, still mows his own grass and goes to church three times a week.
"I appreciate it," said Overton. "I wish they could do it every day, but they're not able!"
Overton told volunteers he wasn't even sure why he was getting all this special treatment.
"He kept saying 'Why are they doing this? I don't deserve this, I'm just an ordinary person,' and of course that makes you want to help more," said Cassaundra Melgar-C'Debaca with the City of Austin's Veterans Services Office.
Austin is the only city in the country that has a veterans commission specifically geared to support the needs of the veterans in the area.
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