William Graham refuses to talk about his military service, but Robert Griffin III is thanking him for it anyway.
Griffin’s Family of 3 foundation chose Graham, an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, to receive a free home makeover. Family of 3 works to benefit veterans, at-risk youth and victims of domestic violence.
The foundation’s effort will expand Graham’s Waco house to show gratitude for his decades of service. The foundation also set Graham up to throw the first pitch in Saturday’s Texas Rangers game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Although Graham is primarily the one who enjoys watching baseball on television, his wife, Sherry Graham, is also an avid Rangers fan and was thrilled about the pitch.
“I wouldn’t miss that,” she said.
William Graham joined the U.S. Army at age 17, first being stationed in Germany and then Vietnam, before he returned to the United States at age 21.
Soon after returning, he joined the National Guard and served for the next 35 years.
Graham said he does not share about his military service, but he is honored to be chosen by the foundation. The house will be revealed to him in July, and he is looking forward to having space for his whole family to eat together in the same room, he said.
Graham said the family has a tradition of sharing Sunday dinners together but has to spread out in different rooms because they all won’t fit in one.
The house’s floor plan is 800 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom.
Graham said he has been told a master suite, including an additional bathroom, is being added to the house. The kitchen also will be expanded, along with a carport that connects to the house, he said.
Family of 3 Executive Director Will Mallow said Graham was chosen because of his years of dedicated service and the current trials he is facing with multiple health problems. The foundation also wanted to help the Grahams keep the tradition of Sunday meals, Mallow said.
“It was one of those things that tugged at us, and we felt that making his house more suitable was something that we not only wanted, but needed to do,” Mallow said.