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Ray Lindberg – 2017 Brainerd

Ray Lindberg, “Papa Ray”

“I can’t wait to have warm feet!”

That’s a pretty simple request from a pretty amazing man. Ray Lindberg, or “Papa Ray” as he’s known by his 12 grandchildren, is so eager to move out of his cold, drafty trailer home and into a new Habitat for Humanity home with a heated floor. It’s really surprising just how simple things are the big things to look forward to.

Ray’s project is a special one this year – it’s our Veteran Build home. Yes, a project designed to serve the housing needs of one who first served our country. Instead of waiting to be drafted, Ray enlisted in the Army in 1970. When he shipped out, his sister “cried and cried” and Ray figured he’d never be coming back alive. As things turned out, Ray spent his time in Alaska processing soldiers returning from Vietnam. After an honorable discharge, Ray made his way back to Minnesota. Spending time in Kentucky for boot camp made him realize how much he missed Minnesota’s lakes and fishing…and how much he disliked snakes!

Ray’s family is eager to work with other Veterans to help build his new home. And Ray is eager to have warm feet!

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