Disabled local veteran gets home makeover

- Home Depot volunteers psyched themselves up for work on Bill Crevier's house with a special cheer.

Crevier, a USMC Vietnam War veteran, and his wife both have disabilities that keep them from easily getting around their Orlando home.

“They're doing a lot of things as you can see back here that I no longer can do, physically, because of my age,” Crevier explained, “as you get older you kind of taper-down.”

So more than twenty volunteers gave his house a "mobility makeover."

“We've upgraded a lot of things to assist with mobility for Bill and his wife,” said Home Depot worker Tom Burgoon, “we upgraded the shower with grab bars, new shower doors, new flooring in a lot of the bedrooms so they can walk easier.”

Burgoon said they also landscaped the yard and helped Crevier save money on his electric bills. “We upgraded the whole house to LED lighting for energy efficiency.”

Volunteers also came from the La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, who nominated Crevier's home for the work. They say the donated materials for the work are worth about $18,000. With Veterans’ Day around the corner, Crevier said he couldn't be more grateful for their service.

“I just want to say thank you to Home Depot, and like I said, that doesn't seem to be sufficient - just the words, thank you,” Crevier said, “but I don't know what else to say. It's been amazing.”

Volunteers say each Home Depot location does about two of these renovations for local veterans every year.

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