Volunteers renovate Vietnam Veteran's home

The upgrades are making his life easier

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - For Vietnam veteran, Robert Taylor, the past few months have been anything but easy.
"I broke my ankle approximately three months, two months ago," says veteran Robert Taylor.  
Getting in and out of his home has become a nearly impossible task, requiring help from the Rock Island Fire Department every time he had a doctors appointment. 
"We were using EMS, they would come and scoop me up and help me and my wife out to my car or when we came back," says Taylor.  
Now Taylor's home is getting an upgrade.
"They're building me a ramp and I'm so happy because it's permanent," says Taylor.  
The help stems from a partnership between the Home Depot Foundation and Rebuilding Together Quad Cities.  Improving the lives of those who served their country. A special project for everyone involved. 
"All volunteer base, a couple veterans here helping out me as well," says Home Depot Manager John Bradford.  
Not only are the Taylor's getting a new handicap porch, they're also receiving safety upgrades. 
Volunteers are installing grab bars and handrails in their home and will also replace or repair windows, doors and floors. 
Fellow veteran John Bradford says it's the best way to kick off Veterans Day weekend. 
"I don't know if it's an army thing or a veteran thing, or a military thing, but it's something that's going to be with us forever, and it's really nice to help somebody out," says Bradford. 
Showing appreciation to those who served their country. 
"It makes me feel good inside, that this country is looking out for us veterans because it's no greater feeling than being told thank you for your service," says Taylor. 

 


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