Veteran receives help with home repairs - WNEM TV 5

Veteran receives help with home repairs

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A veteran in desperate need of home repairs is getting the help of some very generous volunteers.

The Home Depot Foundation is giving the veteran a new ramp, ceiling, landscaping and minor fixes.

"This is the most amazing thing that I've ever had happen in my life," said John Banning, disabled veteran.

He served his country for 11 years, but recently he has been down on his luck and hasn't had the money for much needed repairs on his Saginaw home.

"Wheelchair ramp has needed repairs for probably 10 years now. My wife lost her job and financials just ain't what they used to be and I didn't have the funds to buy new stuff," Banning said.

The Home Depot and United Way teamed up to fix Banning's home. Volunteers said it's an honor to give him a helping hand.

"It's great to be able to come out and help somebody out who is in need and for us to be able to work in this community, and other communities to be able to come out to make that difference is incredible," said Judy Custer, with the Home Depot Foundation.

Banning said he's extremely grateful for their kindness.

"These people are fantastic, really really great people and I appreciate it so much," Banning said.

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