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Rebuilding a Vietnam Veteran’s home in Silvis

Gunter Terronez is used to helping others through his work with Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 669 and the Mexican American Veterans Association, but the shoe was on the other foot today as the veteran received help with home repairs from Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, US Army Warrant Officers, McCartney Improvement, and Shaw Electric. Work was funded by a Lowe's Heroes grant. We were honored to help this American Hero!

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SILVIS, Ill. (KWQC) — Gunter Terronez served in the U.S. Army. He was a teenager when he went to Vietnam.

“It wasn’t pretty,” said Terronez, “I’m here. I’m glad to be here. Glad to be alive.”

The dozens of people at his Silvis home on Saturday are glad too. They are grateful for his service and spending the weekend helping out Terronez.

“If you look inside, there are eight to ten guys here on a Saturday helping us [Rebuilding Together Quad Cities] and in turn helping Gunter so it’s one of those win-win-win situations,” said Rod Jennings. He is the development director at Rebuilding Together Quad Cities. He says Terronez is very deserving of this treat.

Volunteers sweat it out by fixing shingles, replacing a water-damaged ceiling, and much more. They made Terronez’s home a more comfortable place to live.

“With all this help and what they are doing, I’m just overjoyed,” said the veteran

He remembers coming back from Vietnam in 1971 with protesters and name calling. Terronez said, “When we were on our way home, they told us to put on civilian clothes […] They didn’t want us over there and they didn’t want us here at home.” This Vietnam veteran is more than grateful how things have changed over time. “It took a long time for us to be accepted.”

Memories of his time in the service hang on his basement wall. His backyard is also patriotically decorated with pride. Now, Terronez is looking forward to filling his renovated home with more memories.


Transforming lives one community at a time has been the mission of the Lowe's Heroes program since the volunteer program began more than 10 years ago. The program encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school, and make a difference. Lowe's believes that by working with organizations like Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, together we can build something better — for Lowe's, Lowe's customers and our communities.