Veterans, strangers help dying Ore. vet finish dream home

Veterans, strangers help dying Ore. vet finish dream home

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by Mike Benner

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Posted on July 26, 2013 at 5:39 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 3:08 PM

JEFFERSON, Ore -- With the help of his fellow veterans Robert Hurley has come a long way since we first introduced you to him last week.

"It's unbelievable really," Robert said of he and his wife being on the receiving end of a lot of kindness from complete strangers.

"We're all brothers under the skin and if a brother need help that's what we do," said Al Moretz of the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Background: Thieves hit dream home of dying vet

Help is something Robert needs a lot of. 

Doctors diagnosed him with terminal prostate cancer back in 2011.  Later that same year a fire destroyed his and his wife's home. 

Several weeks ago Robert started building a home his wife will have when he is gone, but thieves stole a pile of lumber from right under him.

"All I saw is that he got robbed and that drives me something fierce," said Moretz.

Moretz got together with some buddies, also veterans, and they spent a day helping Robert with some of the construction. Somebody else donated cash.  Another veteran donated a trailer.

"I'll have to admit there's been a few nights of tears," said Robert.

"It has definitely restored my faith in people," added his wife, Reita.

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