Gainesville, Florida―Being a veteran is no small thing. Soldiers must put their lives at risk and often put their families on hold as they serve to protect our great land from enemies both foreign and domestic. So when Richard McGee, a retired veteran who served on two Navy destroyers from 1956-1962, called McCall Service with a cry for help, their hearts were moved.
Mr. McGee, now 75 years old and still recovering from a surgery two years ago, is a disabled veteran. Recently, he has found himself in another kind of battle--a battle with bed bugs. After being tormented for several months, Mr. McGee reached out to government agencies for help, and there was no help to be found--until he called McCall Service in Gainesville, Florida. McCall dispatched a team to the residence of Mr. McGee and found the worst bed bug infestation their company has ever seen. It is disheartening to think of a U.S. veteran living in such conditions.
The leadership at McCall understands what it means to serve their country. Bryan Cooksey, President and CEO of McCall Service is a West Point graduate and David Cooksey, the CFO, is a Gulf War veteran who re-enlisted in the Air Force Reserves after he witnessed the events of 9/11. When they heard the story of this Navy Veteran self-treating his home with rubbing alcohol, they couldn't stand by and do nothing. McCall Service is donating a heat remediation treatment – a service that normally costs $1,200 to Mr. McGee.
The heat treatment is scheduled for July 1st. Just in time to have those bugs gone for Independence Day.