Local veteran helping Hurricane Harvey victims

ROCKPORT, Texas (KTSM) - On Saturday El Paso veteran Lori Kuczmanski began her journey to the Texas Coast to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. She's joining the humanitarian group Samaritan's Purse in Rockport, Texas one of the hardest hit areas

Kuczmanski served our country for about twenty years in the U.S. Army. She says now she wants to use her military skills to serve those still suffering from that major storm.

"I'm trying to use my military background to prepare me, such as taking my own supplies, so I can be somewhat self sufficient," Kuczmanski explained.

She says since Harvey struck back in August people are still feeling the effects and perhaps due to other tragedies many people have forgotten about the Texas Coast.

"You think that since August it's cleaned up but people are still living in their houses with destruction, mold, bad furniture, bad carpet," Kuczmanski said.

She has been sharing her journey on social media, showing a sign of just how much damage is still present.

"This house is getting a new roof, they've been here all day and they have a four car garage that's missing a lot of shingles. It will be getting a new roof next," she explained in a video posted on Snapchat.

She says her goal is to clear out at least one house per day.

"I really hope we can get these peoples lives back to normal," Kuczmanski expressed.

She expects to return from the Texas Coast on November 19th.



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