No more tarps: Cocoa Army veteran gets new roof after Hurricane Irma damaged his

Organizations team up to replace veteran’s roof

No more tarps: Cocoa Army veteran gets new roof after Hurricane Irma damaged his

COCOA, Fla. – It’s out with the old and in with the new at the home of U.S. Army Veteran John Cowell Sr.

Cowell, 61, said he’s finally at ease because for the last three years, he’s had multiple tarps covering his longtime home.

“When it rains outside ... it’s raining inside the same way,” Cowell said.

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Through the Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Owens Corning and Collis Roofing, Cowell was one of the many veterans selected to receive a new roof.

He said Hurricane Irma ruined most of his roof and he tried fixing it with his brother but said it was too much for them.

“When the storm came, we found the safest place in the house and I happen to be in the hallway and then all of the sudden I just heard, boom!” he said.

Cowell has lived at the home for most of his life. He saw his children and grandchildren grow up there.

He said he can’t be thankful enough for the generosity from the community.

“Always have faith in God and he’ll do the rest,” Cowell said.


About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!