According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1, in 2015 21.8 percent of men and 27.8 percent of women in the United States did volunteer work. Although statistics are not available, you can bet that a good portion of those are volunteers helping veterans.
Which Volunteers Helping Veterans are Making the News?
Alaska Volunteers Rebuild USAF Veteran’s Home
Eagle River, Alaska U.S. Air Force Veteran Bob Hill is forever grateful to the over a dozen volunteers that helped rebuild his home after a devastating fire destroyed his home. The volunteers were from Volunteers of America and Home Depot.
This is not the first time that Home Depot has helped veterans. The Home Depot Foundation has rebuilt and transformed over 25,000 homes for veterans.
To learn more go to YourAlaskaLink.com.
Volunteer Receives Award from Elks Club
John Curran is well known at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Maryland. So well known, in fact, that he recently received an award for his volunteer work. He received the Elks National Veterans Service Commission Veteran Volunteer Award 2015-2016.
John has been a member of the Elks for 50 years and is also a member of Calvert Lodge 2620 in Prince Frederick.
Mr. Curran has donated literally thousands of hours to veterans and as of June 1, 2016 he has volunteered for over 110 hours this year. He works in the Gift Shop and teaches photography and computer classes. He also now is involved in the Music and Memory program. Come the holidays you will find him and his wife dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Clause, visiting the residents of the Veterans Home. Now that’s called dedication and service. Congrats to you Mr. Curran.
Read more about this passionate volunteer work by clicking here.
Volunteers Helping Veterans by Sprucing up a Mississippi Veteran’s Home
Jasper Perry is a Vietnam vet that will always be grateful to the volunteers who helped spruce up his home and make it better for himself and his wife. Volunteers did some drywall repair, fixed some carpet, and did some repairs in the bathroom.
The volunteers came from the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity and Home Depot’s Team Depot.
Read more in The Clarion Ledger.
Changing Everything – Volunteers Helping Veterans Change the Life of Double Amputee
It doesn’t get much better than these volunteers helping veterans. In Burlington, North Carolina, Cpl. Garrett Carnes, a double amputee is living a much easier life now that his home can accommodate his needs.
Cpl. Carnes lost both of his legs in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. His wife and two young sons will soon move into a new home tailored to meet his needs. Homes for Our Troops is providing the land and the home. It comes with 40 different handicap features, including roll-under sinks, hardwood floors, wider hallways and doors, and pull-down shelving.
Fox 8 in High Point, North Carolina reported the news. Read more here.
All of these volunteers helping veterans are making a world of difference. Do you know of any other volunteers that should be recognized? Let us know in the comment section below or contact us here.