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Home Depot and the American Legion team up to build a home for veterans

Updated: Tuesday, September 24 2013, 06:16 PM CDT
Reported by: Chris Papst

HARRISBURG -- Home Depot and the American Legion have teamed up help homeless veterans in our area. Today, a house on the 1100 block of Second Street in Harrisburg was being turned into a home.  

Men and women are hard at work giving the house a total renovation with new floors, kitchen, appliances, fixtures, bathroom – it’s getting it all for homeless vets.  

This is a collective effort between Home Depot and the American Legion Housing for Homeless Veterans. There are seven other houses around Pennsylvania like this one, which will be the eighth.

Home Depot chipped in $20,000 for the project and a lot of workers. This house will be for veterans who have already gone through rehabilitation, but don’t have the money for a house. This will be a transitional home for 18-24 months until the veteran can get on his or her feet.

"You don't become homeless overnight. It takes a long time to get there. And in that span you lose a lot, and the worst is self-respect. So, you'll do anything and everything to survive. And this gives them a sense of self-worth and it just escalates from there,” said Richard Coccimiglio with the American Legion.

Home Depot and the American Legion hope to have this project finished by Veteran’s Day, which is Nov. 11.Home Depot and the American Legion team up to build a home for veterans


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