Volunteers help Home Depot fix up veterans’ homes

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – Hundreds of volunteers with the Home Depot Foundation and Rebuilding Together St. Louis kicked off Veterans Day by renovating homes owned by servicemen and women.

A lot of people had the day off, but staff gathered before the sun came up to celebrate the chance to do manual labor all day long.  They held a kickoff ceremony at the Home Depot store on St. Charles Rock Road near Lindbergh in Bridgeton, Missouri.

The foundation is on a five-year and $80 million mission to improve the lives of our nation’s veterans.  Monday, about 400 volunteers headed out to repair 28 homes across the area, including that of Army vet Rudolph Green, 81, from north St. Louis City.

According to the foundation, nine million veterans are senior citizens and 14% of all veterans have some service-related disability.   This was the third year The Home Depot and its partners worked on everything from major home repairs to installing ramps.

Since there are 28 Home Depot stores in the St. Louis area, each store manager headed to a different site to help supervise the volunteer effort.

Volunteers roll up their sleeves in north city from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

The Home Depot Foundation and Rebuilding Together St. Louis will have another event in the spring.  To volunteer, call (314) 918-9918 or visit: http://www.rebuildingtogether-stl.org/volunteer/volunteer-information/how-to-volunteer/

Find out more: http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/page/veterans

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