Home Depot crew renovates local veteran's home

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Across the nation, teams from The Home Depot are hard at work, remodeling the homes of 500 U.S. veterans, including one here in the Valley. Debbie Coleman's home is being modified to make her life easier.

She served in the Army and then a few years later won the battle against cancer, but it left her with some minor disabilities.
    
"Mobility is my issue," Coleman said. "I had cancer, double mastectomy, so mobility is a problem, so they're trying to make my life easier with storage, ways that I can lift and do things like that."

The Home Depot crew is part of the Celebration of Service program that offers up services to veterans who could use some help.

"Whenever we do a project like this, we're giving back to the homeowner," team leader George Page said. "Our associates, which number in the thousands in the Phoenix area, jump at the chance to participate and give back. It's a great feeling."

In the end, Coleman will have a modified bathroom, easy-to-reach shelving and a new area of Zen in her backyard.

“It's amazing," she said. "I never would've guessed in a million years that they were going to do this much. Anything they do for me, I'm grateful."

The Home Depot crew hopes to be finished with Coleman's home in about two weeks.