Texas football team renovates a disabled war veteran’s home

Ben Rohrbach

The daughter of disabled Korean War veteran Dave Clark reached out to just about every contractor she could find around Mart, Texas, but nobody was willing to help fix her father's house up with new ramps and floors for the five-time bronze star recipient.

"It took me two or three days to contact everyone," Jenny Clay told reporters from a Fox affiliate and KWTX-TV. "And for one reason or another, they just couldn't help."

And so in stepped Rusty Nail. Seriously. You can't make this stuff up. Mart High (Mart) football coach Rusty Nail stepped to the plate. He convinced Home Depot to pony up $15,000 for the project, and his Panthers went to work on Clark's home.

"We wanted to pay forward what he served and what he'd done for us years ago," Nail told KWTX-TV.

Along with members of the community, the Mart football team renovated Clark's home.

Added junior linebacker Collin Nail: "To help someone who risked their life for our freedom, this is the least that we could do."

Meanwhile, their Panthers (7-3) are still alive in the Texas state playoffs, and are scheduled to face San Augustine High (San Augustine) in the area round of the Class 1A, Division 1 tournament.

Clark, whose grandsons played for Mart, still flies a Panthers flag in his yard — just below the Stars and Stripes, of course.

"It just numbed you," the retired Army Corporal told a gathering of reporters. "You didn't know what to say or think. All I could think of was they're wonderful, very thoughtful people."

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