Veterans get home improvement help


GETTING MUCH-NEEDED HOME REPAIRS– BENEFITING FROM A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CITY GOVERNMENT AND HOME DEPOT. WE HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND HOW VETERANS CAN APPLY FOR THIS KIND OF HELP. NEWS THREE’S MARTIN STAUNTON JOINS US NOW WITH THIS COMMUNITY REPORT. THE TWO VETERANS LIVE IN DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS, BUT BOTH WERE IN NEED OF HELP TO DEAL WITH LONG- DIFFERED MAINTENANCE ON THEIR HOMES. MONEY WAS THE OBSTACLE.. UNTIL NOW, THANKS TO A BIG DONATION FROM THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION. DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS CONVERGED ON HENRY STREET TO HELP FORMER U.S. MARINE JOHNNY EASON. THIS VETERAN SERVED TEN YEARS, BUT HAS BEEN FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE WITH THE UPKEEP OF HIS LATE PARENTS HOME. OUT: JOHNNY EASON/FORMER U.S. MARINE CORPS VETERAN: “I DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD HAPPEN, AH, THEY REALLY, IT WAS A SURPRISE TO SEE THE WAY EVERYBODY CAME TOGETHER FOR ME. THE BEFORE IS, WAS HORRIBLE AND THE, EXCUSE ME, THE AFTER WILL BE PRETTY MUCH AMAZING TO ME.” A $10,500 GIFT FROM THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION IS PAYING FOR THE RENOVATIONS, PART OF THE COMPANY’S CELEBRATION OF SERVICE PROGRAM. JENNIFER MUNTHALI/HOME DEPOT: “WE JUST HELP WHATEVER THE NEEDS OF THAT VETERAN IS, SO IN MR. EASON’S CASE, HE JUST NEEDED HELP DECLUTTERING HIS HOME. HIS PARENTS DIED AND HE WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN.” THE FINANCIAL GIFT IS DISPERSED THROUGH THE CITY OF SAVANNAH AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND. EASON AND ANOTHER ARMY VETERAN WERE IDENTIFIED BY THE CITY’S HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT. ANITA SMITH-DIXON/SAVANNAH HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT : “IT’S GOING TO IMPROVE HIS QUALITY OF LIFE AND WHAT WE DO IN OUR DEPARTMENT IS REALLY, IS A FEEL-GOOD BECAUSE WE’RE ABLE TO HELP THOSE CITIZENS FILL THE GAP.” THIS PROGRAM FILLS THE GAP BETWEEN HOPING FOR HELP AND GETTING IT. AND WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS, HOME DEPOT PROVIDES THE MANPOWER FOR THIS PROJECT TO HELP THIS VETERAN HERE IN SAVANNAH. JENNIFER MUNTHALI/HOME DEPOT: “THEY’VE SERVED THE COUNTY FOR US AND SO WE DEFINITELY APPRECIATE THAT AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK TO THEM AS WELL.” WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SHOWED UP TODAY? JOHNNY EASON/FORMER U.S. MARINE: “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. ” THE OTHER VET LIVES IN CUYLER- BROWNSVILLE. WORK THERE BEGINS WHEN THEY FINISH WITH MR. EASON’S RENOVATIONS. BOTH JOBS ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED THIS WEEKEND. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE AT WSAV-DOT-COM, SLASH, VETS HOME IMPROVEMENT. MARTIN STAUNTON, WSAV, NEWS THREE.

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