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Ninety-three-year-old World War II veteran Elbert Wood has lived in his Northwest Houston home for over 50 years before two teens burglarized and vandalized it Monday.
"I was just amazed that somebody would do this," Wood said. "I wondered who I'd made enemies of that would do something like this."
Elbert Wood won his Purple Heart after being wounded in Guam. The entire house was vandalized, the only thing that was left untouched was his Purple Heart.
Wood had left his home Monday morning to get some medication and when he returned he found his home was burglarized. Police arrested two teens that were spotted in the area. HPD says the two teens had the same color spray paint on them as was used in Elbert Wood's home.
Elbert Wood says he plans to talk to his insurance company about the damage to his home but says he doesn't know if he can afford the repairs.
KTRH's radio talk show host Michael Berry is working fast to help raise donations, starting today, to refurnish Mr. Wood's home. At least one caller agreed to donate a $5,000 check to the WWII veteran.
Check are still being collected and anyone interested in making a donation is asked to make a check out to Elbert Wood and drop it off by 1:30p.m. at the receptionist desk here at Clear Channel, located at at 2000 West Loop South, Suite 300 (3rd floor) (A on the map below).
Radio talk show host Michael Berry will collect the checks at 1:30p.m. this afternoon to personally deliver the funds to Mr. Wood this afternoon.