SWFL homeless vets get needed shelter from Home Depot Foundation

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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – Nearly 40-thousand veterans are homeless in the United States. Some of them right here in Southwest Florida.

That’s why a group of volunteers is working to transform a house in North Fort Myers, so veterans who need it have a place to stay.

Tom Donoghue is a veteran who served his country decades ago, “I spent a year in Vietnam working on helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.” Now he’s serving in a different way.

“We’re basically gutting this home to the walls, to the studs.” he said.

Donoghue is with non-profit helping local vets get back on their feet called Hearts and Homes for Veterans, Inc.

A team of volunteers from Home Depot Foundation is working to get this house ready to house some heroes. “The way we look at it is, anyone who’s worn the uniform in this country should never be homeless.” Donoghue added.

The Home Depot Foundation has helped more than 34-thousand veterans since 2011.

And work this veteran is grateful for.

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