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The Osceola Council on Aging and The Home Depot Team Up to Help Two Local Veteran Families


The Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) and volunteers from The Home Depot in Kissimmee (Stores 265 & 6851) and St. Cloud (Store 6350) recently teamed up to help two U.S. Army Veteran’s families through the “Helping Homebound Heroes” program.

The volunteers built a 34ft. wheelchair ramp for Stephen Seese, a U.S. Army Veteran, and his wife Caroline in St. Cloud. Mr. Seese served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1962. They are both disabled, and this wheelchair ramp will provide them a safer environment.

The volunteers also assisted with the home of Agnes Lugo, U.S. Army Veteran Ricardo Lugo’s wife of Kissimmee. Ricardo served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. The volunteers assisted with painting the exterior of the home, landscaping and cleaning up the yard of dangerous debris.

In addition, the volunteers installed a 20ft. lighted flagpole to celebrate the service that the Seese and Lugo families have provided to this great nation.

“Supporting our Veterans is what we do, especially our senior Veterans who served this great country for our freedom, so they are very important to us and we are honored to serve them with dignity and care,” said Wendy Ford, President of the OCOA. “We have been partnering with The Home Depot Foundation for many years and we couldn’t help our seniors keep their independence without this great partnership.” 

“We love working with the staff and seniors at the Osceola Council on Aging because they understand the needs in our community for our Helping Homebound Heroes program,” said Ron Potvin, Store Manager at the St. Cloud Home Depot. “The OCOA team is connected with the Veteran families and knows what we can do to keep them independent and safe in their own homes and that is very important to our mission.”