Neighbor helps Vietnam vet, wife who went 6 years with no heat

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STRATFORD -

A Vietnam veteran and his wife who have been without heat for years are finally getting the help they need.

Stratford's Tom Pendagast says his furnace stopped working six years ago, and the lines were plugged to his underground oil tank. He says he had some heat, but his electric bills were very high.

His neighbor, Barbara Esposito, heard about the situation and wanted to help. She called the VFW, which then contacted Honorbound in Darien - a national organization that has helped over 20,000 veterans over the last 40 years.

Honorbound provided the funding and worked with Edgerton to install a new oil tank and fix the furnace so the Pendagasts can now afford their heat, thanks to their neighbor.

"I was dumbfounded for a few minutes and then she explained to me what had happened and I was just like, ‘Whoa, you hear about things like this but you never think it's going to happen to you,’" says Pendagast.

The work was completed earlier this month.

Click here to learn more about Honorbound.

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