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Midstaters renovate house for homeless veterans

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It is estimated that one out of every 150 service members coming home from active duty will become homeless.

That means hundreds of Pennsylvania veterans do not have a home.

Midstaters are working to make that number a bit smaller.

Members of Home Depot and the American Legion on Tuesday started renovating a house in Harrisburg into a home for nine homeless veterans.

"Part of our values is to give back to the communities, and Home Depot also sponsors a foundation whose mission is to help veterans, and in this case a homeless veteran, it's even better," said Tedd Terry, manager of the Mechanicsburg Home Depot.

The company donated $20,000 and dozens of employees' time to help renovate the home.

"You can see what they did here in just a matter of a few hours. It would have taken us a few weeks to get this done, so we just can't thank them enough for stepping up and helping us to take care of our homeless veterans," said Richard Coccimiglio with American Legion Housing for Homeless Veterans.

As many as 1,500 veterans are homeless in Pennsylvania, and that number could soon increase.

"We're gonna see more and more as the younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan start coming back. But due to the economic situation we're in, they come back and find the job that they had is no longer there," Coccimiglio said.

Midstaters are getting their hands dirty to serve those who have served our country.

"Veterans put their life on the line every day to give us freedoms, so it's great to come out and help," Terry said.

"Giving them a home such as this, they get back their self-worth and get back to the person they really are," Coccimiglio said.

One veteran already lives in the home. The goal is to have a second apartment renovated by Thanksgiving. The American Legion is hoping a female veteran will live in that apartment.

The American Legion has seven places for homeless veterans in Pennsylvania. The house in Harrisburg is the most recent addition.


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