HOLMEN, WI (WXOW) - Jared Heinz knows it's not easy to repay a service member for their contribution to our freedoms but that doesn't mean he isn't trying.
Jared Heinz and his wife own Window World in La Crosse. To give back they started a local chapter of Windows for Warriors, a nonprofit that gives free windows to veterans. Heinz offered $6,000 in new windows to the winner.
In December Sergeant Justin Aasen was selected. However, Justin had just been deployed to Afghanistan. Jared contacted his mother to see if he could have his contact information.
"I called and told Cindy that Justin won. I had already been informed that he had been deployed to Afghanistan. She actually gave me a contact point so I could reach out to him and he informed me that wanted to gift it to his mother so that was pretty neat," said Jared.
Cindy Aasen said she is still shocked to receive such a generous gift.
"I'm not very lucky at winning stuff so when Jared called me and I saw the email I must have read the email five times just to make sure I wasn't
dreaming and it wasn't not true," said Cindy.
Cindy served 30 years with the Army Reserves.
"You go to some not so nice places and you work to leave them a little better than when you started. Some of the horrible things that you see in the world. I don't want that here," said Cindy.
Cindy's husband, Andy served 33 years with the Army National Guard.
Their other son, Zach is a Specialist in the National Guard.
"You think about the military and your country and you hear people who talk about servant leadership. It's amazing. I almost view that as, well, I do view it as servant leadership. It's less than point four percent of the population that's willing to do it. The bond you have with your fellow soldiers and with your team. You can't even describe it," said Cindy.
Jared Heinz served for four years in the Marines but the Aasen's as a family served 70 years.
"It takes a special family to commit that much time to their country." said Jared.
To nominate a veteran for Windows for Warriors in the La Crosse area go to www.windowworldlacrosse.com