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Veterans helping veterans

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He's an unsung hero. His name is Dean Delashmutt and he's a veteran.

He started a group called Sioux Falls American Legion Post 15 Veterans Build. He's helping build and repair veterans' homes who don't know where to turn for help.

Delashmutt says his family could have benefited from something like this years ago.

"I tell you what, we wouldn't have made it without Dean and his army volunteers. We thank God for him," said Marilyn Buechler, wife of veteran.

Marilyn and Air Force Veteran Bryan Buechler didn't know where to turn when they needed to replace their roof because of last week's hail storm. That's when Dean Delashmutt stepped in to help.

"I've got people coming up. Can you do this? Take a look at it. This is needed. These guys get -- the VA gives them some money and the problem that it becomes is that the money they get is too much for most of the benefits they can do and not enough to do it on their own. So they're getting a pinch. It's a real gap and this is part of the answer," said Delashmutt.

Delashmutt started Veterans Build four years ago. He says there weren't any veteran groups in South Dakota that built or repaired homes for other veterans. It's all made possible through volunteers and donations.

"I just put out the word. Hey we need this. This family needs that. These many people or whatever and we fill those positions and it's done," said Delashmutt.

It's not just veterans helping, it's active military as well.
"They're so excited. It's so great to have something like this. The worry they have before, things like this we can come in and help out --just makes us feel great," said Sgt. Jonathon Elliott of the United States Army.

"I'm very lucky. And my husband's lucky. And hes quiet. He'she'sver talked a lot. But he has hugged Dean," said Buechler.

"Very grateful," said Bryan Buechler, Air Force Veteran.

"That's kind of the way we're taught -- veterans don't leave anybody behind," said Delashmutt.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to Veterans Build call (605) 336-3470.
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