Atlanta -- Habitat for Humanity commemorates this Veterans Day with a milestone of repairing, renovating or constructing the homes of over 1,000 U.S. military veterans and their families thanks to the support of The Home Depot Foundation's Habitat's Repair Corps program.
"We are so thankful to our servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to our country and are proud to serve those who have sacrificed so much," said Shannon Gerber, executive director at The Home Depot Foundation. "Through selfless acts of courage and bravery, they have given us our freedom, and it's our great honor to partner with Habitat to give back to them."
According to National Veteran Housing Data, of the nearly 21 million veterans in the U.S., 1.5 million are living below the poverty level. Over a quarter of veterans' homes have one or more problems, yet many are unable to afford home repairs. Habitat's Repair Corps works in partnership with veterans to assist with critical home repair needs, like installing new HVAC units to help improve air quality, replacing leaking roofs, fixing flooring, or installing wheelchair ramps.
Among over 1,000 veterans who have been helped through Repair Corps are homeowners like Marguerite, a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy both on active duty and in the Navy Reserve and received the Kuwait Liberation Medal. She and her family are living a healthier, safer and more stable life thanks to home repairs they may otherwise not have been able to afford.
"Millions of veterans are living below the poverty level and home repairs, especially in an aging home, often are too costly and left unattended," said David Gilkeson, director, Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build. "We are thankful for The Home Depot Foundation's passion for veterans and contribution of $2.9 million to this year's Repair Corps project."
With the help of The Home Depot's associate-led volunteer force, known as Team Depot, over 50 local Habitat organizations across the U.S. are anticipated to build, repair or rehabilitate more than 170 veteran households with this year's contribution from The Home Depot Foundation. Since Repair Corps' launch in 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has donated $19.2 million, including this year's contribution, and helped build, repair or rehabilitate 1,026 homes in in partnership with U.S. military veterans and their families.