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Team Depot makes builds ramp for local WWII veteran

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OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A partnership between The Home Depot and the VFW just made life a whole lot easier for a northern Michigan veteran.

Richard Hopkins, 89, is a World War II veteran who lives in Gaylord.

On Thursday, Team Depot paid him a visit on their day off and built him a wheelchair ramp for his front door.

The materials were provided through a grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

This project is part of The Home Depot’s eighth annual Celebration of Service campaign to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families.

The Team Depot Captain of Gaylord says it's important to give back to the community, and especially veterans.

"It just helps build a better community and it’s good to be able to give back to the people who give us so much,” says Michelle Madden.

Hopkins says he's thankful for the wheelchair ramp because it will make going places a lot easier for him and his family.

The team of volunteers is also going to replace the entryway landing, stairs, and patio door inside.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has transformed more than 40,000 homes and facilities for veterans across the country.

If you would like to lend a hand in a future project, or know a veteran who could use some home repairs, contact Jenny Barabas at jennifer.barabas@mslgroup.com or 404-877-5528.

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