Volunteers make Vietnam veteran's home wheelchair friendly

Volunteers make Vietnam veteran's home wheelchair friendly
photo credit: WDAM
photo credit: WDAM
photo credit: WDAM
photo credit: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Vietnam veteran was surprised to receive a helping hand from Team Depot and Habitat for Humanity for the past few days as they fixed up his house.

The repairs helped to make Jasper Perry's and his wife Elizabeth's lives much easier.

Team Depot and Habitat for Humanity worked together to put down ramps in Perry's home to make it more wheelchair friendly.

"He had to stay in a designated area until, you know, the ramp was put down," Elizabeth said.

Perry served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1967-1968 and became a paraplegic after a war field explosion.

Team Depot and Habitat for Humanity also helped paint and cover up holes in the wall caused by Perry's wheel chair.

"The attention I'm getting makes me feel good, and the way it looks makes me feel better," Perry said.

Team Depot is a volunteer group with Home Depot that helps out in the community. Both Habitat for Humanity and Team Depot were glad to give back to a veteran like Perry.

"It's incredible. It's not too often that we get in contact with a veteran, and when you do like this it's just a great feeling," said Executive Director with Habitat for Humanity Michael Pascarella.

As Perry tested out the new ramp in front of his house, he felt at ease and happy with what he calls his new house.

"I love it, it looks wonderful," Perry said.

For those looking for help, contact Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity: 601-582-4663 or www.hattiesburghabitat.org or Home Depot's Team Depot: 1-866-593-7019 or www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.