NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Dominion Energy is on a mission to help veterans, one home at a time. The program is called 100 Homes for 100 Vets.
The utility company launched the program in November with the goal of completing 100 energy-efficient upgrades on 100 homes by Veterans Day this year.
The Burnos are no strangers to adversity.
But they say when hope for change seemed lost, a miracle through this program changed their lives for the better.
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After a few decades, seven children, and a long military career, they thought a new house was a move in the right direction.
“Everything I thought was fine when I got the house, it wasn’t fine. But then again I knew if anything needed to be worked on or repaired that I was able to do it because my background is maintenance,” Danny said.
That was until he had a stroke two months after moving in.
“It took my… it took a lot from me … It took a lot from me,” he explained
And when the utility bill skyrocketed to $400 a month, they made a desperate decision.
“Just cut it off and the lady is like what? Just cut it off. We’ll be alright. We went without central heat and gas for a year and a half,” Melissa said.
But there was a light at the end of the tunnel when they heard about the 100 Homes for 100 Vets program.
“Once they got everything, got situated with the contractors and everything, they came out and they started right away,” Danny said.
The Burno family received new heating and cooling, along with insulation at no cost.
“It was like ‘hallelujah thank you Jesus.’ I went from one end of the house to the other end of the house thanking him,” Melissa said.
They say the key to a happy life, is to always be open to blessings.
“A closed mouth doesn’t get fed, so if you don’t ask you don’t know.”
“Are you grateful?” 10 On Your Side’s Tamara Scott asked. “Yes, very. God bless ’em,” explained Danny.