Operation Raise The Roof

US Army Veteran, SPC Douglass Tibbs

US Army Veteran, SPC Douglas Tibbs received a free roof for his home in Port Republic, MD. SPC Tibbs is a disabled veteran who served 2 tours in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. He volunteered to join in RTR1965 and was discharged from active duty in 1968. SPC Tibbs has fought the continuing battle on the Homefront as well. Grappling with PTS (post traumatic stress) since his return stateside SPC Tibbs has demonstrated that there is life after wartime service.

SPC Tibbs has been married for 52 years and lives with his wife and daughter (who is also disabled and legally blind) in his home of 27 years.

SPC Tibbs applied for disability (related to PTS and major depression) in 1970. Yet again, fighting another long battle — he ultimately received the benefits he was entitled to in 2018. During this tumultuous time in SPC Tibbs’ life, he was able to work as a night janitor at a Washington DC Post Office for 9 years. He subsequently retired from his employment as a janitor shorty after.

“As a Marine, I get to glean through the eyes of a fellow warrior, but I also understand the civilian side of transition and re-acclimation,” said Will Fisher, Program and Brand Manager at Valor, “SPC Tibbs was obviously deserving of the Raise the Roof nomination, but more importantly, his bravery to find himself after such a harrowing ordeal, is what truly moves me as a human being.”

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