Salem couple plans to give away home to vet
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, 11⁄2 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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Latrobe school directors won’t forgive bill for WCCC land
- Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water
- Police: Penn Township man was ‘lonely,’ so he called 911
- Mt. Pleasant hospital sets ‘exceptional’ example
- Walker: Scottdale Fall Festival kicks off this weekend
- 40-year-old Latrobe woman used boy, 13, for sex, drugs, police say
- Greensburg will provide interpreter for soccer program
- New York fuel cell company to add another plant in Mt. Pleasant Township
- Bicyclist injured in collision with construction vehicle
- Ex-assistant at Penn-Trafford pleads guilty to sending inappropriate texts
- Southmoreland student injured in school assault