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Salem couple plans to give away home to vet

| Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Bonnie Langford, 66, of Greensburg stands outside the two-bedroom home in Delmont that she and her husband, Dennis, want to give to a military veteran in need, on Sept. 19, 2013. Dennis Langford is a Vietnam veteran.

Bonnie Langford wants to give away her home.

The Greensburg woman has one requirement for the new resident of the single-wide mobile home in Salem Township — he or she must be a military veteran.

“We want to try to give another veteran a chance,” Langford said.

She and her husband, Dennis Langford, attempted for two months to sell the 41-year-old home on Hawthorne Court in Cloverleaf Estates East for $3,000. They contacted area veterans groups to donate it or find a potential recipient and met with dead ends.

So now they are offering it up free to any veteran who is 55 or older. The age limit is a requirement of the mobile home community. Bonnie Langford said eligible veterans should complete an application with Cloverleaf Estates before she will show the home.

Dennis Langford, 64, did two tours of duty in Vietnam between 1967 and 1969 with the Marine Corps. Like many veterans from that conflict, he said he did not receive a warm welcome home, and he even threw away his medals.

“It took me many years to even get him to talk about it,” said Bonnie Langford, 66.

The Langfords married in the 1980s.

They lived in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas before returning to Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2005, she said.

Dennis Langford's mother vacated the mobile home three years ago, and the couple has lived there until recently, when they moved to Greensburg.

The mobile home has two bedrooms, 1 12 bathrooms, a large living area, kitchen appliances, a washer and dryer, bay windows and a covered porch. A shed stands on the property.

Bonnie Langford's son, Timothy Fairman, 46, helped out at the home on Thursday.

“I think it's great what she's doing,” he said. “What (veterans) went through over there, then what they went through when they came back — it's ridiculous.”

Any new resident will be responsible for monthly lot rent paid to the community. Langford said costs include $427 monthly, plus utilities and property taxes.

“They have to have some kind of military ID,” she said.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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