The singer traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana, to help paint Cliff Malone’s new house. Malone, an Iraq war veteran, is one of many Shreveport residents who has a new home thanks to the Veterans Build 2013 and the Fuller Center, an organization that builds affordable homes for families in need.
Photo: John Mayer with fellow volunteers. (E! Online/Kevin Stevenson)
Although Mayer doesn’t come from a military family, he was inspired to do more to help veterans after visiting a military camp in 2008. He said that he realized that he could “apply (himself) … outside of being a celebrity.”
So what did Mayer think about his time slinging paint to help out Malone? He said you’d be surprised “how quickly you take value in your work when you start putting the first couple of brush strokes down. … I feel like we have a common goal in getting this house, at least on the paint side of things, to be as good as it would be if a professional came in and did it. It’s personal.”
Photo: Mayor painting up a storm! (E! Online/Kevin Stevenson)
Malone said that, as a veteran, you never think “that somebody’s going to help you.” He said he sometimes comes home, looks at his house and says, “Is this really mine? Where did this come from?”
If you want to help veterans like Malone, you can find resources with Mayer’s project Veteran’s Support, which works to “empower returning veterans by facilitating healthy reintegration into civilian life as well as treating and destigmatizing the signature wounds of war.”
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