Home Depot Foundation and Houston Volunteers Will Fix Houston Veteran's Home

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Courtesy Home Depot Foundation
We figure these dudes know from home repairs.
When health problems forced U.S. Air Force veteran to retire from his post-military job, he was unable to afford repairs to his home, which was ravaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. But on Thursday, volunteers with The Home Depot Foundation will renovate the interior and exterior of the home, which Britton shares with his wife.

It's all part of the Foundation's "third annual Celebration of Service campaign, a two-month initiative between September 11 and Veterans Day, to address the unique housing needs of our nation's veterans," according to a Foundation press release.

According to the foundation, the Brittons have been married for 43 years. They have three children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. After serving his country in Japan from 1964-68, Britton "worked as a machinist for 14 years after his term of service before working for the City of Houston's Water and Solid Waste Department for 26 years. He also worked as a part-time security officer."

Unfortunately, he had to retire "when he had surgery and a pacemaker implanted two years ago, leaving him unable to afford these home repairs himself because of his inability to work, due to his deteriorating health."

The Foundation's press release states that "on any given night in 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless. Approximately 3.5 million veterans live with a service-related disability, making it difficult for them to find a home that fits their mobility needs."

Since forming in 2002, the Foundation has committed $80 million to home-renovation efforts for veterans and "has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities," according to the release.

A group called Rebuilding Together-Houston has partnered with the Foundation to refurbish 20 homes, including Britton's. These groups are doing great work, and we wish the Brittons the best.

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