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Operation Veteran Home Renovation completes final project

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Operation Veteran Home Renovation ended their home renovations project with a closing ceremony at their final home rebuild on Saturday.

Two-year Vietnam Veteran Richard Evans, who is wheel chair bound, was the last of four Hattiesburg veterans to receive the renovations.

“This is the fourth home, that we've completed,” said Keesler Federal Credit Union Regional Manager Ben Donald. “We've done lattice work. We put in a new handicapped accessible ramp. We've done painting. We've done flower beds. We've landscaped the whole yard.”

Purple Heart Homes partnered with The National League of Cities, Home Depot, and the Keesler Federal Credit Union to complete the project.

Volunteers included employees from Keesler Federal Credit Union and Home Depot. All volunteers came in on their days off to work on Evans Home.

“It's indescribable,” Evans said. “It means so much. I appreciate it. People showing this kind of interest in me.”

Deidre Boykins who is Evans daughter says that the family is grateful that her father chosen and that the inclusion of the ramp outside his bedroom helps make him more mobile.

“It's extremely humbling to see the community come together and serve him as he has served his country,” says Boykins.

Chief Executive Officer John Gallina of the Purple Hearts Homes says that Hattiesburg is one of six cities to be chosen for the project. He says that out of all the cities involved, Hattiesburg has been the most supportive city, yet.

Gallina says that they plan to make the event larger and include more veterans in the project as the years to come.

Organizers say that Operation: Veteran Home Renovation is a once a year project but they plan to have multiple veteran renovation projects throughout the year.

The project began on Labor Day and ended on Veterans' Day. 

For ways to volunteer, visit www.purplehearthomesusa.org for more information to get involved.

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