Rebuilt to Order; A North Huntingdon Man Seriously Wounded in the Vietnam War 47 Years Ago and Using a Wheelchair Because of a Stroke Last Year Came Home This Week to a House That Has Been Remodeled to Suit His Needs, Thanks to a Pittsburgh Nonprofit and Home Depot Employees. [Derived Headline]

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Rebuilt to Order; A North Huntingdon Man Seriously Wounded in the Vietnam War 47 Years Ago and Using a Wheelchair Because of a Stroke Last Year Came Home This Week to a House That Has Been Remodeled to Suit His Needs, Thanks to a Pittsburgh Nonprofit and Home Depot Employees. [Derived Headline]


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A North Huntingdon man seriously wounded in the Vietnam War 47 years ago and using a wheelchair because of a stroke last year came home this week to a house that has been remodeled to suit his needs, thanks to a Pittsburgh nonprofit and Home Depot employees.

"This surprised the heck out of me. I really appreciate all of this," said the veteran, Jack, who along with his wife, Susan, asked that the family's last name not be published.

Jack, 67, has been in and out of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh and rehab centers since he suffered a stroke in July 2015. He was permitted to return home Tuesday because the volunteers built a ramp to accommodate his battery-powered wheelchair.

As she looked around the new porch and ramp, Susan was touched by all that had been done.

"I am so overwhelmed. It is over the top. It's their love that they gave to my husband," she said.

The work was done through Rebuilding Pittsburgh Together, a Homewood-based nonprofit that partnered with the Home Depot Foundation, which gave the organization $150,000 to make repairs on the veterans' homes. The North Huntingdon home is the first Westmoreland County project to be completed through the partnership. Twenty-three have been done in Allegheny County, said Steve Hellner- Burris, executive director of Rebuilding Pittsburgh.

Susan connected with Rebuilding Pittsburgh through the Home Depot in Hempfield, Hellner-Burris said. Rebuilding Pittsburgh has been partnering with Home Depot on such projects for three years.

To make the house accessible, Home Depot employees from its Hempfield and Uniontown stores have worked once a week since early September, about a half-dozen at a time, putting in hundreds of man- hours, said Kaila Snopko, an assistant manager at the Hempfield store.

Nearly $8,000 was spent on equipment and supplies needed to improve the house, said Chris Harmon, an assistant manager at the Uniontown store. …

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