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Westport veteran receives new roof

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Connecticut veteran gets new roof. (WFSB) Connecticut veteran gets new roof. (WFSB)

A local business owner is giving back to a local veteran by giving him a new roof over his head.

Clayton Chalfant joined the U.S. Army when he was 18 years-old.

His battalion was instrumental in liberating Belgium from the Germans during WWII.

"I think I can talk for most young men back then. We were ready to give what we had to give and know it was going to be tough too," said Chalfant.

Now 92 years old, Clayton and his wife Mary have been married for 69 years. They are lifelong Connecticut residents.

They purchased their home in Westport in the early 1950's. Their current roof is 25 years old and is showing many signs of wear and tear.

Klaus Larsen, who owns Klaus Larsen roofing, said he wanted to help about hearing about Chalfant's financial struggles.

He offered them a new roof.

Larsen's gift is part of his efforts to give back to the community, called the "Santa Klaus Project".

"Being able to give back and actually that's such a big part of what I want to do and who I am," said Larsen.

Construction on the new roof starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday and was hoped to be completed by 3 p.m.  

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