HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg veteran with disabilities is getting around his house a little easier these days, thanks to several organizations.
Vietnam War veteran Jasper Perry is enjoying renovations to his Marie Street home, including wider doorways and a no-step shower.
The work was done as part of Operation Veteran Home Renovation.
It’s a partnership involving Home Depot and the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association, along with The First-A National Banking Association, the City of Hattiesburg, the National League of Cities, Purple Heart Homes and Hattiesburg’s Recover, Rebuild, Restore South Mississippi (R3SM).
“It’s been a lot of hands and feet to get us where we are today,” said Mavis Creagh, executive director of R3SM.
It’s the ninth veterans home in Hattiesburg renovated through the partnership, which began in 2017.
“I appreciate everything everyone has done for me and my family,” said Perry.
“I can be independent and that is the main thing."
“For us, this is about legacy,” said Toby Barker, mayor of Hattiesburg. “Jasper Perry was serving his country, was injured in Vietnam, his father served in World War Two, his grandfather served in World War One, his wife (Elizabeth Perry) was a teacher in our school system for many years, and so this is about how do we recognize the legacy that they’ve left for us, how do we show our children and grandchildren what is means to give back and serve those who came before them.”
On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., a meeting will be held at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center to form a local chapter of Purple Heart Homes, which is based in North Carolina.