Tony Lennon, regional director of MMIA-Southern Pines, with his wife, Alane.

On June 20, the Sandhills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the Southern Pines Elks Lodge, and Heritage Flag Company of Southern Pines were invited to take a look at a house renovated by Military Missions in Action (MMIA).

Several years ago, MMIA was contacted by a family regarding a house in Pinebluff they wanted to donate to a nonprofit. The home would require a major renovation. The donors stipulated that after refurbishment, the home should be given to a needy veteran or active duty military family. After inspecting the home, a three bedroom rambler originally built in the 1970s, MMIA decided to accept the home and agreed to abide by the donors’ stipulation.

“After a few years of intermittent work, accomplished by our volunteers and a few generous contractors, the home was recently completed,” says Tony Lennon, regional director of MMIA-Southern Pines. “The work on this home took a long time because of the many routine requests we receive for wheelchair ramps and other mods that are needed ‘yesterday,’ a limited number of volunteers, some of whom suffered health problems of their own, the extensive amount of work that was required, and the limitations recently placed on our activity by the pandemic.”

This house will soon be provided to Sgt. Quavadis Jones, a single mother of three, who, until recently has been residing in subsidized housing. Jones is in the U S Army reserves and is currently employed by a contractor on Fort Bragg.

MMIA is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization serving veterans with disabilities, members of the Armed Forces and their families.

“Our primary programs entail building ramps and modifying bathrooms to allow veterans to remain in their homes,” says Lennon.”We are extremely fortunate to have great support in the area, and this project was no exception.”

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