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Ryan Acosta, Korean War veteran Richard Padilla, Vietnam War veteran Angel Diaz and Benny Sandoval pose for a photo after Highland Contractor helped to two veterans clear their property of unwanted junk free of charge.

On Monday, Nov. 4, Highland welcomed a new business, Highland General Contractor, but before officially starting the business owner Frank Merlos spent Friday, Nov. 1, assisting local veterans with household chores and the clearing of unwanted junk.

It’s a neighborhood business venture for Merlos who is achieving a long held dream after 15 years of working for others as a union carpenter.

Having done work for several neighbors before and a heart for veterans Merlos used his last weekday before beginning the business to help his neighbors free of charge.

Hiring another neighbor, Benny Sandoval, and Ryan Acosta to help they cleaned out the backyards and garages of Vietnam veteran Angel Diaz and Korean War veteran Richard Padilla.

“At my age, with my legs I can’t do this no more,” said Padilla. “Frank’s helping me a lot. He’s a good man and a good contractor. He did a lot of work for me.”

“It’s always been a dream to become a contractor and provide jobs,” Merlos said.

For more information on Highland Contractor, call (909) 782-5145.

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