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May 30, 2012

Editorial: Kudos to those fixing a veteran's home

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Last fall, Jarzobski's store manager asked her to find a veteran whose home was in need of repairs. John Ratka, director of Veterans Northeast Outreach in Haverhill, put Jarzobski in touch with Kevin Lambert.

She presented her idea to her store manager, and soon the project was approved.

The project quickly expanded from a kitchen remodeling to improvements to the entire house.

"To have someone call you and ask if you'd like your house redone," Lambert told LaBella, "it's something that doesn't happen all the time."

Jarzobski served as the captain for the project, while Lauri Jackman of Haverhill, a specialty assistant manager of the Methuen Home Depot, reached out to local contractors. Home Depot provides the materials while the contractors and Home Depot volunteers do the work.

Kudos to Home Depot and the participating contractors for their generosity with their time and materials. We are particularly grateful for the help they provide to returning veterans who were injured while serving their country.

These veterans sacrificed their time with their families and careers to serve our nation in its hour of need. Their injuries have taken their ability to live out their lives as they had hoped and dreamed.

It's gratifying to see the community offer the help these veterans need to make some of their dreams come true.

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