AC for an aging city vet: A really cool act of kindness

“It was no skin off of anybody’s back.”

That’s what George Heiges, Jr., director of the county Veterans Affairs office, had to say about efforts to provide air conditioning for an aging veteran during the recent heat wave.

When Michael Seitzer, assistant director of the office, learned about the plight of 90-year-old James Jesse Johnson, a Williamsport native and an Army veteran who served from 1946-47 and again during the Korean War, officials contacted Hometown Heroes Inc.

The organization purchased a $300 air conditioner for Johnson.

After getting past the initial reaction that he was being scammed — a form of disbelief that isn’t surprising, given what goes on in this day and age — Johnson found relief from an overheated apartment, where the windows had been caulked shut.

We’d like to say that was a really cool act of kindness, and we salute the Hometown Heroes organization as well as the county Veterans Affairs office, whose staff are there when our veterans need them.

Finally, we want to thank Johnson for his service.

Our military sacrifice much in the name of freedom.

A $300 air conditioner is the least we can do for them.

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