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Veteran Takes Flight to Honor his Service; Returns to Destroyed Home

Published On: Apr 26 2013 08:14:40 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 12:32:00 PM CDT
DAY, Calif. -

A Northstate World War II Veteran returned from an honor flight in Washington D.C. to find his home burned to the ground.

90-year-old Harley Sattler served as an Army Corps Engineer from 1942 to 1946.

He was flown to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.    

He returned to the Northstate Sunday, only to find out his home was destroyed.

"I hate to see it go, but it's gone," Sattler said.

He had lived in the home for 35 years. It's the same house his late-wife grew up in.

Sattler told us he's sad to see it destroyed, but is surprisingly keeping a positive attitude. "It don't do a bit of good to panic or sit down and cry and say 'why me' or something else. It's still there and you gotta deal with it," he said.  

The problem is, Sattler doesn't have any insurance and hes not sure what to do next.     

For now, he's staying with his girlfriend and said he's going to keep his head up and be thankful for what he has.

"I did pretty good. I got a pair of pants and a couple sets of underwear and a couple of shirts."

If you'd like to help Sattler, a fund has been setup at North Valley Bank in his name. You can donate at any branch.