Veteran gets unique celebration for his service

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A multi million dollar project, sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation to help veterans worldwide, is taking place in our area as a way to thank them for their service.

"I was shipped out to Korea, and it never dawned on me from day one, hey there's a war going on, you may not ever come back to this great land, but I went and thank the lord I got back alive," says Korean War Veteran Don Williams.

Gratitude does not begin to express the way Veteran Don Williams feels to have survived serving in the Korean War. Williams joined the National Guard at age 15 and was drafted when he was 20 years old.

As a way to thank Williams for his service, the Home Depot Foundation teamed up with the Veterans Welcome Home Center to round up volunteers to fix his Little River home.

War veteran Mark Cooper was one of 20 people working on the home.

He says he donates his time because he's not just helping another vet, it's more like helping a brother. "When it's time to do our job we all pull together regardless of the service"

This event is part of a two month celebration of service beginning on September 11 and ending on Veterans Day.

The goal is to reduce the number of homeless veterans which is 1.4 million in the United States, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

"I see people so much in need, worse than I am and I praise the lord that there are organizations like home depot that are out nationwide, not only here, to provide the things that veterans are not able to do for themselves.," says Williams.

The Home Depot Foundation donated $7,000 towards this home.

This is one of many projects the Home Depot Foundation is working on in our area. Another home will be refurbished for a vet in Myrtle Beach and one in Murrells Inlet.

The goal of the project is to build a safe place for every veteran to call home.

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