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Volunteers Team Up to Help A Local Veteran through the “Helping Homebound Heroes” Program

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The Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) and volunteers from The Home Depot in St. Cloud (Store #6350), the St. Cloud Police Department and AmVets of St. Cloud built a 30ft. wheelchair ramp for Bernard “Terry” Hughes, a U.S. Navy Veteran, and his wife Marion on April 17.

Hughes served from 1966 to 1970 during the Vietnam War. He was honored with four Bronze Stars. After his discharge as an E4, he then served as a Reserve Officer.

This improvement will help the Hughes Family move freely in and out of their home.  

“We need to support our Veterans, specially 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 Beverly Hougland, President of the OCOA. “Partnering with The Home Depot Foundation is a great partnership for our Veterans to help them keep their independence by moving more freely in their homes.” 

“Our partnership with organizations like the Osceola Council on Aging is key for us in seeing what the needs are in our community for our Helping Homebound Heroes program because they are in tune with the Veteran families and what their needs are in our community,” said Alex Calderon, Store Manager at the St. Cloud Home Depot.