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A group that help homeless veterans in Birmingham is reaching out to the public for help after vandals hit one of their shelters.
Justin Simpson, who works with Three Hots and a Cot, says the damages have since been repaired by some vandals who went through the Eastlake house ripping out the wiring. He explained why the vandals likely took the wires.
"They strip it down to the bare copper, take it to a scrap yard," he said.
"They ripped it all out of the walls, out of back underneath the house where the fuse panel is at," Three Hots and a Cot founder JD Simpson said.
The group renovates vacant homes to provide affordable housing for homeless vets. They have already paid an electrician $4,000 to repair the damages but it was money that supposed to be spent on repairing the roof.
"It gets me upset that it slows us down from helping our vets. It's wrong we have to go back and start over because some individual decides they want to be mean, selfish," JD Simpson said.
"To have them destroy the work we're doing is inconceivable," Jason Ciccarelli said.
Ciccarelli not only helped to renovate the home, but he's an Army veteran who fell on hard times and is now living in one of the group's homes in Birmingham.
"We are just completely appalled that someone would come in when we're trying to do good for our brothers and sisters that have served," Ciccarelli said.
J.D. Simpson says two vets were set to move in next week, but now that won't happen.
"It's now probably going to be another month. We're going to raise money to get with roofers and get the roof put in place. Slows us down," he said.
Simpson says the group needs to raise $6,000 for that new roof.
If you would like to help, you can make a donation at http://www.cotsforvets.org or drop of a donation at the Ryan Winslow Veterans Center on Old Springville Road.