Volunteers repair veteran's Ike-damaged home

HOUSTON - A Houston Air Force veteran whose home was damaged by Hurricane Ike got a helping hand Thursday. Danny Britton's home was transformed by the volunteer efforts of The Home Depot Foundation.

Britton's home needed a lot of work after the 2008 storm. But he was not able to afford all the repairs because of his deteriorating health. He had to retire when he had heart surgery and a pacemaker implanted two years ago.

Britton served for the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1968. He worked as a machinist for 14 years after his term of service before working for the City of Houston's Water and Solid Waste Department for 26 years. He also worked as a part-time security officer.

Team Depot spent the day at Britton's home on Houston's south side, painting the inside and outside of the house; they also installed a storm door and constructed hand rails for the veteran. The volunteers did the renovation so Britton and his wife will finally have a safe place to call home.

This effort in Houston is part of The Home Depot Foundation's third annual Celebration of Service campaign, a two-month initiative between September 11 and Veterans Day, to address the unique housing needs of our nation's veterans.

The Home Depot Foundation has partnered with Rebuilding Together-Houston to transform 20 homes. Eight of the homes have been completed with the remaining 12 being finished on October 24.

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