via KATU

When Veterans Couldn't Get Their Pay, This Hero Stepped Up

One phone call and $10,000 later, they had their wages and hopes restored.

When John Bartholf learned that a businessman had allegedly failed to pay some veterans the wages they were promised, he decided to do something about it. More than two-dozen veterans worked for $15 an hour renovating apartments in Salem, Oreg. But when payday came around, their employer was allegedly $10,000 short. Veteran Brian Piatt said that as a consequence, he was being evicted from his home. That’s when Bartholf, the CEO of Coverall of Oregon, donated $10,000 to make things right. He explained some of his motivation to KATU, recalling that when he first heard the story, he thought, “How can this be happening? Where are we in society that this can be happening?”

Source: KATU

Jenny Shank is a fiction writer and journalist in Boulder, Colo. Her first novel, “The Ringer,” won the High Plains Book Award. Her stories, essays, satire and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, McSweeney's and The Guardian.