Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dying Vietnam Veteran Gave House Away--To Another Veteran

Dying veteran donates home, lives to meet new owner
Boua Xiong
December 22, 2015
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - When 13WMAZ's sister station KARE 11 first met Bob Karlstrand last February, the Vietnam veteran had terminal lung disease.

So he got rid of everything, including his Maple Grove home of 39 years. He donated it to Habitat for Humanity and hoped a fellow veteran would move in.

Karlstrand got his wish. Bonita Reyna-Berg, a veteran who is raising her grandson, is working with Habitat for Humanity to make Karlstrand's house her home.

The two met for the first time at the home on Tuesday. Reyna-Berg is still getting used to all the new space and the generosity of a stranger.

"He's touched my life and made such a difference and an impact on my life," she said.
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