World War II Vet Puts Up Billboard Asking for Sandy Relief

‘I don’t want to die and leave my wife not safe,’ B.J. Byrnes writes.

An 88-year-old Brigantine man has put up a billboard in his backyard asking for Superstorm Sandy relief, saying that almost two years on he still doesn’t have enough funds to fully repair his house.

B.J. Byrnes also put a giant toilet on top of the billboard because that’s the only thing that could be salvaged from the first floor after the late October 2012 storm.




Byrnes is looking for donations to fix the rear siding and windows in his house, which he says still leak.

Here's the full text of the sign:

“WWII VET,” the sign proclaims. “President did good. Governor did good. Fireman, Police and City Workers did excellent. Mayor (Phil) Guenther in his infinite wisdom built the senior center and was a life support for all of Brigantine. He saved the people that didn’t leave for the storm. When the others returned, he fed, clothed and gave all types of aid. I am asking for contributions. I am 88 years old, and a veteran of the WWII. I don't want to die and leave my wife not safe. Please help me fix my house. Make checks payable to ‘BJ Byrnes Flood 45 Heald Road, Brigantine NJ 08203.’”

I appreciate how this reads like a grounded version of a Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap label. Byrnes $250,000 flood insurance paid out less than $65,000. “Obama, he went here, he did what he could,” Byrnes told the Press of Atlantic City. “The governor, he gave me $10,000. How can I knock him?”

[Press of AC]

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  • Rumplestilskin

    It appears that the insurance company screwed this guy. If he had $250000 in coverage and only received $65,000 to rebuild his house….surprise, surprise!

    • ResidentofHealdRd.

      His house was not structurally damaged. He just wants new siding and windows to replace those that were there since the 70’s. He received plenty of money to make inside repairs and the siding and windows but bought new truck instead. Investigate before you donate. This guy isn’t one of those that got screwed.

  • ResidentofHealdRd.

    He is asking for new siding and windows. The ones there are from the 70’s and probably have leaked for some time. He has never done ANY maintenance to the outside of his home. There was no damage to the outside of his home from Sandy. He had flood waters inside. They were one of the first ones back in after Sandy, having made the repairs probably before they got the insurance checks. He is looking for a handout. Wife drives brand new Honda truck and he has a Caddy in the garage. Save your hard earned dollars and donate to someone who is really in need. Investigate before you donate.