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Home Sweet Homes USA Volunteers Begin Home Renovations for Military Veteran

Home Sweet Homes USA specializes in remodeling homes for wounded warriors and seniors age 62 and older.
JOPLIN, MO.--- A grant from a major business helps bring a local man home. The company awarded $4,000 in grant money to the organization "Home Sweet Homes USA" of Webb City. The funds will go towards renovating a vacant home that will soon belong to a retired military veteran who lost his home in the 2011 tornado.

It's a big gift from one military man to another, and donations and volunteers will help turn a house into a home. 

"It was donated to us by an Army colonel, and he wanted to make sure it goes to somebody that lost everything in the tornado that was also a military man," said Doug Wickstrom, Home Sweet Homes USA.

The group "Home Sweet Homes USA" specializes in remodeling homes for wounded warriors and seniors age 62 and older. They're organizing the effort that will give someone who lost everything, a place to call home.

"The only thing that's in his memories is the house that he lost. We want him to see the house that he's moving into the day he moves into it," said Wickstrom. 

Close to 100 volunteers will renovate the house at 821 Grand Avenue in Joplin, just a few blocks away from where recipient, Gaylan Edwards, lived before the storm. He'll move into his new, fully renovated home in about 45 days, just in time for the holidays.

"So, we'll be here taking care of that and we'll have a big celebration about that," said Wickstrom. 

The nonprofit group fully relies on donations, that's why they say the grant from Home Depot will go a long way in getting the house finished on time.

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