(02/03/12) - He fought two tours of duty for our country overseas, and came home both times to no job and no place to live. But now, a Marine veteran from Flint finally has a place to call his own. None of it would've been possible without the generosity of a local couple and their 93-year-old mother.
Ken Meyer and his wife Judy had been wanting his 93-year-old mother to move in with them for quite sometime. When she finally agreed, they had to decide what to do with her house on Campbell Street in Flint. So, they decided to give it to a veteran free of charge.
With the help of the Marine Corps League, they found Stephen Nickel. The Marine and National Guardsman first served in Iraq, but when he came home, the factory he worked at closed. So, to keep working, he went back overseas -- this time to Afghanistan.
Nickel has been back in Flint since October, and on Friday, he got the keys to his new home.
"I can't tell you what it means to me for the Meyers to have done this for me. And I know I'm not alone. I'm not even the worst off. And I'd like to work with the Marine Corps League and Disabled American Veterans to make sure that this can happen for other people," Nickel said.
His new neighbors on both sides are elderly widows, and they say they're very happy to have a Marine next door.